LxListening: Body and Soul

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My fall has been filled listening to two seemingly very different types of music: electronic music and soulful R&B. While on the surface this seems very much like a war between human and machine, the two find themselves in each others’ worlds quite often. So this is a mix of body (danceable electronic music) and soul (soul and R&B), and some that is both body and soul. While this has nothing in common with what I usually listen to in the fall, this is inevitably where I find myself, even though I am one of the least soulful and rhythmic people you will ever meet.
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LxListening: Spoon-fed

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Editor’s Note: This is a repost from two years ago, that highlights some of my favorite Spoon songs and why.

In the past, we have used these Friday playlists to highlight artists we love (the Beatles, Wu Tang Clan, Frank Ocean), and this week once again falls into that category. In getting an early First Listen of Britt Daniel of Spoon’s new side project Divine Fits (with Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks), it caused me to want to go back and immerse myself in Spoon’s catalogue, which is by all means consistently great for seven albums. I don’t think it can be overstated how difficult it is to make smart, well-crafted pop songs the way Britt Daniel has done consistently. Of course, this couldn’t be done without his tremendously capably band most notably with drummer/producer Jim Eno laying the base work for everything. So without further ado, lay back and get Spoon-fed.
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David Byrne & St. Vincent: Burning Down the House

David Byrne & St. Vincent

September 18th, 2012

Chicago Theatre

Chicago, IL

David Byrne and St. Vincent live at Chicago Theatre show review

It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion: supergroups and high-profile collaborations rarely live up to their billing…on record. On stage, there is nothing more electrifying than seeing your favorite artists join forces on stage for an overwhelming level of talent. Whether it was Oysterhead, Monsters of Folk, or Kanye and Jay-Z, every high-profile collaboration I have seen has left me knocked out on the floor wanting more.
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My Morning Jacket Chicago Show Review

My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses
Jay Pritzker Park Pavilion in Millennium Park
Chicago, IL
August 22, 2012

My Morning Jacket live in Chicago August 22nd live show review

I wasn’t planning on writing on this show – or even going to this show for that matter – but a last second cheap pair of tickets and a deep love for my morning jacket has caused me to do the opposite on both friends. Alex Thompson wrote an extensive review of a My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses show for our blog a couple weeks ago, so feel free to look at that. I will keep my thoughts short and specific to the Chicago show.
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LxListening: Spoon-fed

best Spoon songs

In the past, we have used these Friday playlists to highlight artists we love (the Beatles, Wu Tang Clan, Frank Ocean), and this week once again falls into that category. In getting an early First Listen of Britt Daniel of Spoon’s new side project Divine Fits (with Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks), it caused me to want to go back and immerse myself in Spoon’s catalogue, which is by all means consistently great for seven albums. I don’t think it can be overstated how difficult it is to make smart, well-crafted pop songs the way Britt Daniel has done consistently. Of course, this couldn’t be done without his tremendously capably band most notably with drummer/producer Jim Eno laying the base work for everything. So without further ado, lay back and get Spoon-fed.
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David Byrne & St. Vincent: Double Song Review

St. Vincent & David Byrne

“Who” / “Weekend In The Dust”

St. Vincent & David Byrne Love This Giant

Collaboration albums rarely live up to their billing, but one as intriguing as the Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne and indie guitar queen St. Vincent. So while we are a month away from their album, Love This Giant, release and a month and a week before I catch the duo live in Chicago, I figured we would shed some light on the first two songs of the project with a double song review.
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Fifty Licks: 50 Songs for 50 Years | 50-31

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While Little by Listen is certainly small in name and stature, that doesn’t mean we can’t assemble a huge list. All three of us have had a long love for the Rolling Stones, and with their 50th Anniversary this year(a milestone reached by only an elite few) , it sort of lends itself clearly to a top 50 songs list. So while Time is releasing a commemorative book for the Stones this week and there is even a 50th anniverary tour to come, nothing says legendary like a LxL top 50 list for your band. Yesterday, we brought you the best five Stones albums, today we bring you Fifty Licks.

Songs 50-31 | 30-11 |10-1

50. “Moonlight Mile”

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One of their best album closers (beside maybe “Salt of the Earth”), “Moonlight Mile” closes Sticky Fingers  on a gracious note, a song also brilliantly covered by the Flaming Lips live.
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