First Aid Kit
There must be some Tennessee moonshine or something in the water over in Sweden, because for some strange reason, multiple Swedish acts are doing Americana and Nashville country better than Americans themselves. First there was Tallest Man on Earth, aka Swede Kristian Mattson, who has the voice of a Tennessee coal miner and a heart of gold. Now there is First Aid Kit, the brilliant sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who broke out when Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes fame was blown away by the sisters’ YouTube performance of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and promoted it on the Fleet Foxes site. Then the band further blew up upon their second album The Lion’s Roar, which somehow delivered the Nashville country sound (and even referenced it on “EmmyLou”) with the help of producer and Monsters of Folk member Mike Mogis. Now comes Stay Gold, another record produced by Mogis, which further pretties up and captures the unique beauty of the Soderberg sister’s voices.
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2012 turned out to be a pretty great year in music. I think all three of us would agree the offerings in 2012 were deep in really good albums, without many albums rising to the level of true greatness. That being said, I think I would rather have a pool of 60-80 really good albums come out in a year than 9-10 great albums. Around here, we like variety, and we certainly got it this year. There was a surprisingly surge of good hip-hop released in the second half of the year (Killer Mike, Nas, Meek Mill). There was the long-awaited return of all-timer female singer songwriter types (Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor). And there were also several much-anticipated sophomore wide releases (Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, Beach House, Twin Shadow). All in all, there may not have been a lot of perfect albums this year, but it was still a great year in music. Enjoy the top 20.
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We are inching closer to our end of the year lists. It’s really just a month or so away until we release the definitive account of the year in music, including albums, songs, and new artists. With that in mind, I want to recognize more artists who have made a mark on 2012. I hope everyone enjoys these five songs we put out most Fridays, but more than anything I like to use these lists just as much for myself. It is convenient to have a record of what music we were enjoying at particular moments during the year. I can look back to a LxListening post from early in the year and refresh my memory as to why I liked a certain track or was digging a certain artist. It’s kind of like Todd’s sex journal, only instead of trying to refresh his memory to figure out who gave him the clap, I identify certain moods or trends in my musical tastes. After that tasteless jab, I have no choice but to press on and give you five more tracks to brighten your Friday.
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Well the last lineup of the years major festivals was announced this week, and boy is it a doozy. Years ago, Lollapalooza began as a traveling music festival and was a real grunge-fest hosting such headliners as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction (naturally because Perry Ferrell is in fact a founder of the festival) and Smashing Pumpkins. Lollapalooza in recent years has become somewhat of a stink-fest, hosting acts such headliners as Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, and Coldplay. Nonetheless, this year they pulled it together and spat out quite a spectacular lineup. Let’s break it down:
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