LxListening: Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends music playlist

Not exactly sure what’s caused it, but my music listening as of late has been all over the board. From Neil Young’s On The Beach to Q-Tip’s solo work to indie groups like Islands and School of Seven Bells, I’m all over the map. I lack serious direction at the moment. Thus, this playlist reflects my scatterbrain listening at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less worthwhile. This list has some of the best nuggets I have shared to date.
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Craig Finn Review: Clear Heart Full Eyes

Craig Finn

Clear Heart Full Eyes

Craig Finn's Clear Heart Full Eyes Album Cover

So you caught me. I’m actually reviewing this album because I love the title so much since the wife and I have been watching heavy doses of Friday Night Lights. Even though I really love a couple Hold Steady albums (the primary band that Craig Finn reigns from), their last couple albums didn’t exactly strike excitement out of me as Craig Finn’s sing-talk can wear on you over time. For those who don’t know, The Hold Steady are hailed by some as “The Best Bar Band in America”, as their brand of guitar-driven classic rock mixed with Tad Kubler, Craig Finn, and Franz Nicolay’s balls-to-the-wall playing style makes for a really fun live show. Finn in a very Springsteen-ian way, interweaves stories of troubled boys and girls in America (a la the album, Boys and Girls in America), with lines of great insight and some of great humor.  This makes for an odd but alluring mix of straight-forward rock mixed with complex and often poetic story-telling.
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