Three Songs My Girlfriend Likes

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It’s late on a Sunday night, and I’ve been in the car for the majority of the day.  I have nothing to write about, so I decided to ask my girlfriend what three of her favorite current songs are, check them out, and quickly give my thoughts.  I had only heard one of the selections before, so I was at least glad to check out a little top 40-ish stuff I wouldn’t otherwise hear. Check out what my girlfriend is listening to after the jump.
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Baths Song Review: “No Eyes” (aka: The New “Closer”)

“No Eyes”

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Baths’ new album Obsidian has a lot to write home about. From the spastic, haunting album opener “Worsening” to the gentle, yet still chilling album closer “Inter”, the album is ripe with fresh new digital chill-wave tracks that seem light and fun on the outside, but are quite deep and dark at their core. The reasons I am choosing to only write about “No Eyes” are two-fold. First: It’s my favorite song on the album. Second: It seems to be an unmistakably homage to another classic favorite of mine, “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails.
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Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten Posthumous Albums


With the posthumous release this week of Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels, which admittedly none of us has really dug into yet, we decided to explore the strange wonderful world of albums released after an artist’s death.  Most of these artists died untimely deaths, but the albums on this list range from those completed (or nearly completed) while the artist was still alive to those compiled from unreleased catalogs years after.  These albums also vary between solo artists dying to just a singular (but irreplaceable) member of a band dying.  For our purposes, we decided to leave out live albums, because that would be opening an entire barrel of monkeys that we simply didn’t want to deal with.  Enjoy, and as always let us know what we excluded, missed, or exactly how stupid we are.

10. Johnny Cash – American V:  A Hundred Highways


V may not be the finest of Johnny Cash’s American recordings, but it is still a fine album by the greatest country artist of all time.  Cash also holds the distinction as the only member of this list who lived his life to natural completion.  Highlights include “Four Strong Winds”, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, and “Help Me”.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

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After a hiatus of nearly 4 years, (Has it really already been four years?!) Trent Reznor announced this week that he and a new lineup of all stars will be bringing Nine Inch Nails back to life for a 2013-2014 world tour. (Pause for applause.) If there is one thing we love here at LxL it is our NIN, so we were quite excited to hear this news. Reznor has proven to still show value to the music community in his time off from Nine Inch Nails, especially in the cinema soundtrack world – Reznor teamed up with Atticus Ross to create the scores for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, which earned him a Golden Globe. However, we are glad to have him back in full-on NIN form. So to celebrate, we have listed our top ten favorite Nine Inch Nails tracks. This was a difficult one to order, especially because after you have seen some of these songs live, you literally aren’t the same person anymore. And unfortunately nothing from The Slip, slipped it’s way into the list. Which it took a lot to leave tracks like “1,000,000” and “Echoplex” off. Nonetheless, we pushed through the disagreements and landed on a list we are quite happy with. We hope you feel the same, but if not, let us know.
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LxListening: First Fridays

First Fridays

After a few slow months in late 2012, the first thirty-one days of the new year have already brought some life back to the music scene. A few releases this past month have really taken me by surprise, which is a great start to the year. To honor this great music, I decided to share some first tracks from some of my favorite albums from this year’s first month. Album openers are such a tricky thing in music. You want to grab your audiences attention immediately, but you also don’t want to blow your load too early. That always ends up a bit messy. In essence, the idea is to have something that previews the energy of the album and is somewhat accessible, but not so heavy that it wears the audience out. The short playlist I put together below I feel has some very strong examples of first tracks, and hopefully it inspires some to want to listen to the rest of the albums they each came from. They are all worth a listen in my opinion. So here you are, some first tracks from the first month of 2013 on this, the first Friday of February:

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