So here we are, with our newest and shortest “End of 2012” list. A list of what we at LxL consider to be the biggest musical disappointments, let-downs, blunders, and missteps of 2012. With all the goodness that resided in the world of music in 2012 (which we will get to later, in the next few weeks), there was also a fair amount of disappointment. For this list we really pulled at what killed our expectations this past year. Yes, Lana Del Rey didn’t fully live up to what we expected, but she still had a few good tunes and looked amazing throughout the year.
Yes, the Divine Fits weren’t as good as either Spoon nor Wolf Parade, but then again, how rare is it that a supergroup live up to the expectation anyways? You see, for this list, we chose what really cut us deep. Those artists or albums that we really thought were going to help define the year in music, or dig an artist out of the trenches, but instead fell totally flat. That is what this “Weak List” is really made up of … weakness. If you’d like to get a bit of a more in-depth analysis these blunders, each “disappointment” is linked with our review or write-up explaining exactly why the artist, album, or show didn’t live up to our expectations. Now, onto the list: Continue reading “Weak List Wednesday: The Top 5 Biggest Disappointments of 2012”
For our blog’s first (but certainly not last) artist interview, we caught up with folk pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. after their sets at Bonnaroo this year in Manchester, Tennessee and talked performing live, covers, and Detroit sports.
Our fearless LxL founder/leader Wes Jakacki, is moving to Chicago this week. Which means Wes will soon find himself in the belly of two beasts, as he is a Detroit Lions fan who started a music blog. So naturally, this move is a slow progression to him becoming a Chicago Bears fan who sold out and became a writer for Pitchfork. Let’s pray only the former happens, and the latter only remains a very lame joke. In any case, this move is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will certainly colour his world anew. We know that he’s been searching so long for a new job to make him smile, so in light of his big surprise, we decided to go ahead and dedicate the rest of this week to one of my personal favorite towns in all the world, Chi-town. Naturally to kick things off (if you haven’t already deduced by my “punny” last two sentences), we decided there would be nothing better than listing out five of our favorite tracks by Chicago-native, love-ballad-bangers themselves, and the most successful “began-as-a-cover band” story of all time, Chicago. Continue reading “Weak List Wednesday: Inspired by Chicago”
So I thought about giving a full on album review for the new Springsteen album Wrecking Ball, but I had two issues with that idea; one, the album isn’t overly interesting to write about and two, I was a bit short on time. Instead I’ve decided to review what I would consider a real oddball of track on Wrecking Ball in “Rocky Ground”. Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Rocky Ground” Review”