Austra Review: Olympia

Austra

Olympia

olympia

So, either I screwed things up or WordPress really screwed me over today.  I had a full review of Austra’s Olympia ready to publish, and then it was nowhere to be found except for the first sentence I wrote.  Absolutely refusing to rewrite the entire article, I’ll give you my briefest thoughts on the album..  Gone is my anecdote about seeing Austra open up for Cold Cave a couple summers ago and a comparison of their career to the Capulets and Montagues.  Austra review after the jump, sans Shakespeare reference.  FML.
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Top Ten Thursday: Brand New Artists of 2011

For our next chapter in our end of the year lists, we thought we would list some of the new artists that have surfaced over the past year and caught our eyes, ears, and our hearts in the process. In order to qualify for this list, each artist has had to have released their debut LP within the 2011 year. Artists that released EP in previous years were still considered in the list, as long as the first LP came out this year. Unfortunately, artists like tUnE-yArDs do not qualify, because although she wasn’t actually discovered/or hit the music scene really until this year, she has had a full length album floating around since 2009. Nor did we included groups that contained former artists, or supergroups (ie Rome, Shabazz Palaces). Anyways, you get the picture.

On with the list:

1. EMA
Past Life Martyred Saints


The North Dakota noise rocker came into 2011 with a BANG!. She has been dropping tracks since she hit the scene and her album was phenomenal. It was dark, edgy, and honest. The lyrics are among the best I’ve heard in quite some time.
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LxListening: Femme Fatale

Twin Sister In Heaven, "Bad Streets"

For my first write-up for our LxListening features, I was trying to think of an overarching theme for much of the music I have listened to as of lately. Then, bouncing through my recent played albums, that I had been listening almost exclusively to female lead bands, both old and new. Being a blog run by three dudes, we thought it would be good to pump some feminine flavor into the blog once and a while. So here you are.
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