LxListening: Into the Wild

Into the Wild road trip playlist

The wife and I are embarking on an adventure to the Pacific Northwest for a wedding, making stops in 5 cities I haven’t visited yet: Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Denver. So I figured 5 cities/5 songs sounds like a perfect match for a LxListening 5 song playlist. So here are 5 songs for our road trip with an artist from each city we are visiting. In prepping for this trip, I told my wife our trip would be something like the epic journey in Into the Wild minus the poison berries at the end plus a few extra supplies.
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Dinosaur Jr. Review: I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr.

I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr I Bet On Sky album cover art

Unlike their species namesake, Dinosaur Jr. survived their age (the garage rock/grunge era) and have even aged nobly with some of their best albums coming this past decade, over 20 years after their debut in 1985. While it definitely isn’t appropriate to compare this crunchy raw garage trio to a fine wine, the better comparison would be fellow nobly aged rock stars Neil Young and Tom Waits. The reason these artists’ music still works well years after they started is their music is raw, honest, and ugly (in a good way) as they sing about being tired and weary – all things people become more and more of as they age, making the music feel truer than ever. One look at J Mascis, the band’s guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter, and there is no doubt the dude fits all those descriptions.  The band’s latest, I Bet On Sky, is more invigorated muscular rock from Dinosaur Jr. that doesn’t quite reach the height of their last couple releases.
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Screaming Females Review: Ugly

Screaming Females

Ugly

Screaming Females, Ugly, album cover, cover art

From the first snare hit, Ugly explodes and continues to be as loud and in your face as a Jersey woman, minus the spray tan and facelift. The New Jersey group masters many diverging genres, yet still finds a way to make it their own brand of loud and ugly punk rock. Yes, the album name drop was intentional.
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A Scott Weiland Christmas (aka “A Very Douchey Christmas”)

Christmas Album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The cover of Scott Weiland's upcoming Christmas album

Which pop singer’s Christmas album do you want to listen to during the holiday season? Josh Groban? So you can hear the pop-classical crooner with the sparkling clean image. Mariah Carey? For her sultry rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. Or how about Scott Weiland, former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and The Magnificent Bastards. If you chose Scott Weiland, you have stumbled upon a veritable gold mine. If you said, “Yes, I would like the former grunge god; cocaine, heroin, and crack-cocaine addict; domestic abuser; and (worst of all) Notre Dame football fan to be the sound of my Christmas”, then you are in luck. Strap on your seat belts, because somebody thought Scott Weiland would be ideal to sing the vocals ushering in the birth of the Christ, with his new Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
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