There are a lot of angles with which to discuss Coachella Live on Youtube. I tried to check it out periodically over the weekend because, to my knowledge, this amount of live coverage of a festival hasn’t been attempted until now. I saw a little bit of everything, and came away impressed in some areas and not so impressed in others.
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Last year I tried constructive criticism with the Grammys, hoping to fix its issues but also applauding what it
got right. I couldn’t possible take on such a task again, as I realized the problem runs so much deeper.
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As Austin noted in our introduction to our favorite songs of 2013 list yesterday, it is much more difficult to list a years worth of favorites than one might think. 2013 was quite an interesting year in music. Many big names (or at least big expectations) left a disappointing taste in fans’ mouths (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The Strokes, Jay-Z, etc.). This left the door wide open for smaller, and sometimes even unheard artists to really pave the way to a brighter future, and in some cases, all-out overnight stardom (Lorde, Savages, CHVRCHES, etc). This also left a lot of room for controversy. Who is worth the listen, and who is just going through the motions while filling our ear buds with noise? Well the controversy was not absent in making this list. With all three of us at LxL listing out our top 20 albums separately and then combining them into a normalized list, there was bound to be some peoples favorites left off. Mean things were said, blood was spilled, and opinions hotly thwarted. Nonetheless, the list must go on. Here is what we considered to be our favorite albums of 2013:
20. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
Last year, Alunageorge’s “Your Drums, Your Love” ranked in at #20 on our favorite songs of 2012. This year, the soulful pop R&B duo returned with a full LP to support the single, as well as a grip of other ripe-for-the-shaggin’ type of tunes. The duo now garnered another #20 slot, but this time on our albums list with Body Music.
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We began our end-of-year coverage yesterday with our five most disappointing albums of the year, now we switch to a positive note with our favorite new artists. This turned out to be a very strong list, as we judged these artists on the strength of their debut, but also on their potential over the long haul. Sometimes the concept of a “new artist” can be ambiguous (see Grammy’s Best New Artist Nominees every year), so we defined it as having to release their first proper studio album this year. So here are our bright new stars.
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The irony in the title of course is that the song “Brand New” by Rhymefest ft. Kanye West is now almost five years old. Nonetheless, here are some of my favorite actual new tracks for your weekend that have all been getting some heavy play time in my headphones lately:
Sleigh Bells – “You Don’t Get Me Twice”
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“The Love Club”
Before Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroin, blows up, I thought it might be good to go back and give some attention to her best song to date. No, it’s not “Royals”, which is pure infectious fun. Instead, the title track off of her EP The Love Club stands as her finest offering to date, and see as it is not going to be included on her full-length debut, I wanted to sing its praises before it fades into the ether.
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