LxListening: As Lo As Fi Can Go

If you haven’t deduced by the title, I have been listening to a lot of shi**y sounding garage rock lately. Which incidentally, sounds far from shi**y, but rather incredibly pleasant to my ears. It began when the Screaming Females performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. I keep going back to them, and it spun me right back into my frequent obsession with dirty, overly distorted, garage-rock-grunge-punk. The 5 songs I am going to list are actually fairly fun, poppy, upbeat songs for each artist. So let loose and enjoy …
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LxL’s Top 20 Songs of 2011

Top 20 Songs of 2011
The time of year has come. The time to separate the men from the boys. The cream from the crop. The top 20 songs of 2011 from the rest of the pack.

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Pixies Sold Out! … Right?

Warning: The following is long, boring, and may not make a tremendous amount of sense. This is the nonsensical rantings of myself, a fellow music lover frustrated with people’s expectations and accusations of modern day musicians and how fans seem to think their bands “sell out”.

The death of musical integrity?

As a band, changing the style of your music can sometimes a double edged sword. In the eyes of your fans, or future fans, you either become a genius for innovating, and taking your music in a brilliant new direction, or you “sold out” and are no longer the same you once were. A lot of bands that begin as small independent acts and soon thereafter find themselves on billboard charts and headline marquees tend to loose there luster after the album that helped launch their newfound stardom. I mean this in terms of music quality sometimes, but mostly and in the numbers of their original fan base. Generally this is because said band decides to sign with a “bigger” label. From there, producers and executives that now essentially own that band step in and begin turning the bands music into a product to sell. Something that will be much more accessible and listener friendly to most of the public, and will help gain a much larger audience that they couldn’t possibly achieve on their own. Musicians either straight up want this, suck it up and do it for the money/fame, or don’t sign and stay on the lower tiers of labels as well as the lower tier of “popular” musicians.
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The Black Keys Review: El Camino es Muy Bueno

The Black Keys
El Camino

Not Pictured: El Camino

First off, I would like to apologize for the delay. This review was supposed to surface yesterday, but do to a hectic work schedule recently, it was not possible. When I finally began writing the review, I was so eager to talk about The Black Keys, that I wrote 700 words without even breaking into a single point about the new album. So I decided to split it up and write a Thoughts @ Work piece as well, that will be posted later today.
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Black Keys “Lonely Boy” Music Video…Awesome!

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Cover art for the Keys upcoming release

Via pitchfork, today the Black Keys have dropped a new single from their upcoming album, El Camino.  Further luck would have it that the new single, “Lonely Boy”, is accompanied by music video that can be exclusively found at LxL (complete lie).
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