Weak List Wednesday: Best Song of 2014 (So Far)

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We are now past that halfway point of 2014, and thus, it is time to look back at some of of favorite songs of the year so far. Please let us know your qualms, queries, and substitutions:

5. “Your Love Is Killing Me” – Sharon Van Etten

Sharon finds a perfect blend of raw, aggression, and passion in this fine track from her wonderful new album.
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Weak List Wednesday: Best Song of 2014 (So Far)

Top Ten Acts of Bonnaroo 2014

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Looking back at my experience at this year’s Bonnaroo, there was a lot more that I could have seen, and wish that I would have seen. Generally I do a lot of bouncing back in forth from stage to stage. This year, I found myself planting at stages for a few acts in a row, staying for a lot of the full length of sets. But when I would bounce, the abundance of scheduling conflicts only allowed me to really see a few songs by some of my more favorite acts. For instance, had I seen the entire Flaming Lips or Nick Cave shows, or ANY of Frank Ocean, CHVRCHES, The Orwells, or Diarrhea Planet in all their glory, I am sure that some of them could have easily made this list. Unfortunately though, there just isn’t enough hours in the day. So instead I decided to include only acts in which I saw the entire set, from opener to closer. So apologies to all the more deserving bands whom I did not see in their entirety, but here is a list my favorite full sets that I saw at Bonnaroo this year.

10. Elton John
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After playing “Bennie and the Jets”, “Levon”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Rocket Man” all within the first 7 songs of his set, it’s hard to care too much about what else you get from the man. I had always heard great things about Elton live, and despite the extremely dated visual show he used on his backdrop, the man still knows how to perform.
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Top Ten Acts of Bonnaroo 2014

Bonnaroo 2014: The Recap

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Bonnaroo 2014 was my sixth Bonnaroo experience, and one of, if not the best one yet. Everything about Bonnaroo encompasses exactly what a music festival should be. From music, to food, to art, to the camping, and especially the length of set times, this is truly America’s greatest music fest. Traditionally in the past I do a general Bonnaroo Pre-cap, followed by a recap after the festival. Due to laziness, this year I failed to do the former so will attempt to combine it with the latter. Long story short, here is my recap to my favorite weekend of the year.
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Bonnaroo 2014: The Recap

Jack White Review Royale: Lazaretto

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Jack White has had a busy last year in the public for all the wrong reasons: he dissed fellow bluesman Dan Auerbach, ripped on his old bandmate Meg White and many others in Rolling Stone, and got divorced from his wife Karen Elson. After all the media mess, Jack White delivered a really classy apology on his website for all the comments and now looks to make the music the center of attention once again with his second solo album Lazaretto. Like his first solo album Blunderbuss, which all three of us praised in 2012, Jack White delivers an overall package like no other: master songwriter, guitarist, and jack of all genres, even ones as odd as reggae rap rock.
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Jack White Review Royale: Lazaretto

Jack White Releases Video for “Lazaretto”

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If there is one thing that we really beat into the ground here at LxL, it is our unabashed love for Jack White and all that he does. That being said, here I am to praise another bit of Jack’s art. J. W. the III’s new album Lazaretto is due out next Tuesday (6/10), but the title track “Lazaretto” has been out for a few weeks. But today he gifted us with a video for the title track, just so he stays on our minds for the next week. Lucky for his fans, the video is just as fun and hard-hitting as the song.
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Jack White Releases Video for “Lazaretto”

LxListening: Best of Sirius XMU

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Whoever says radio is dead must not have a subscription to Sirius Radio. Spending an extended amount of time in your car can sometimes be damaging to your relationship with your personal music library. Especially if you have limited space capacity on your iPhone, iPod, or in most cases, your Zune. Sometimes you need a break from the mundane predictability of your own personal library, and let someone else do the legwork of exploring new music for you. That is why after the 30-day Sirius XM trial period ended in my bitchin’ new Honda Civic that I recently purchased ended, I splurged on the $8.99/month package and let the good tunes continue to roll.

Back in my college years while cooped-up working in the depths of a Best Buy warehouse in Muncie, IN, I used to blast a little channel known as Sirius XMU (very original station name by the way). It was how I was first introduced to Animal Collective in 2006 (yes, I can admit that I did not know of AC before Feels) and Vampire Weekend in 2008. Both brought to me by XMU’s very own Jenny Eliscu (@jennylsq). Jenny is still my favorite XMU DJ, but after merging with XM, Sirius XMU (then Sirius U) absorbed Jake Fogelnest and his show that was previously on XM know as Left of Center. (I think I have that right anyways.) This only made XMU stronger, and added a variety of radio shows that feature blogs that are slightly more popular than ours such as: Hipster Runoff, Brooklyn Vegan, Gorilla Vs Bear, My Old Kentucky Blog, etc. Now, a few years after graduating college, and graduating from that terrible establishment that most certainly does not provide the best of buys, I am back to consistently listening to Sirius Radio. And when I do unplug my phone from the AUX jack, XMU is usually my “go-to”. So after that long-ass introduction, here is a selection of a few of my favorite songs that are currently on heavy rotation within the XMU playlist. If you like them, you should be sure to check out the station as well.

Parquet Courts – “Black and White”

I was first introduced to these brilliant punk-asses from XMU on year ago. One year later, they are now pushing their newest treat of an album, Sunbathing Animal.
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LxListening: Best of Sirius XMU

Jack White Releases New Instrumental Track “High Ball Stepper” From Upcoming Album Lazaretto

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If you have yet to hear, Jack White really wet some whistles yesterday by randomly dropping a brand new track titled “High Ball Stepper”. Although it is apparently not the official lead single from his forthcoming album, the track is indeed going to be an actual product of Jack’s newest and bluest baby, Lazaretto. Music lovers were shocked, intrigued, and heavily satisfied all at once by this beast of an instrumental track.
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Jack White Releases New Instrumental Track “High Ball Stepper” From Upcoming Album Lazaretto