The 10 Best Songs About Space


Best Space Songs

Editor’s note: This post originally published in 2013.

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Little by Listen, where we explore deep into the galaxy for the best space songs of all-time. Alfonso Cuaron’s brilliant and frightening new film Gravity inspired this list, which got us thinking about the surprising surplus of great galactic tunes. So without further ado, our voyage begins.
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The 10 Best Songs About Space

Metavari Q&A


Last fall, we spoke with Metavari, the ambient four-piece band from Fort Wayne, at Pinestock Music Festival (which has turned into one of the best fests in the midwest). We talked about their live show, new album Moonless, one of my favorite albums in this young 2015, and reuniting as a new band with the same name. Moonless is out today on their independent label Vital Shores.


LxL: So you guys are releasing Moonless on your own?

Nate Utesch, Metavari: Basically. 6 months ago I started working at a record label (Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar Jagjaguwar), so working with my boss, we started our own label to put it out. It will have international digital distribution, really limited American record store distribution, but it’s a lot more than we would normally do. And we have copyrights and publishing for everything. Unless something crazy happens, we are going to keep putting out our own music. And nowadays there are so many bands doing that.

LxL: That way you are getting most of the pie?

M: Totally. Also, with doing it on our own we will have more control for radio. Also since I do all of our design, I can design all our press kits and stuff. It’s really DIY. It may be a control thing, but we like having control over our distribution.

LxL: More and more, there is a huge benefit to that.

M: We will have lots of ways to be able to see where we are doing well. We will be able to see if Spokane is selling a lot, or if there is a radio station that is playing it a lot, that would help design where a tour should be. Right now, it’s more like throwing darts at a wall. It should help guide where we tour.

LxL: I did an interview with the NoiseTrade guys, and a big part of their model, is with the free downloads, you get the emails and zipcodes, and with that data, it tells you where you should be touring. In a lot of situations, bands were very surprised by the results, and had no idea they had 500 fans in Nashville.

M: We have one fan in Hawaii, so we should definitely go there.

LxL: (Laughing) Are you guys going to have videos for the new live show?

M: Yes we just finished all new video for all the new songs, lights, everything is new but done. We have been playing demos for a year and a half, and now we just scrapped all the demos and are learning how to play all the songs on the record. This is really just our second time even playing those (at Pinestock).

LxL: Where do you guys get the footage?

M: This time around, we just hunted and scoured for people doing analog experiments and then are asking permission to use it. From people doing macro lense liquid light shows that are very bizarre looking, and we found a guy doing analog VHS tricks in the 80’s, stuff like starfades. We just take the footage and bring it into Ableton and edit it to the songs so that it’s in sync.

LxL: Did that take a lot of time?

M: Yes (laughing). One of the songs, during our album photo shoot, a guy took video of the girl that is on the cover, and we meshed that to video sound effects, so we have some video that clearly goes with our album.

LxL: What originally inspired you to do video with your show?

M: That’s a good question. There are so many bands grew up that we liked that did it.

LxL: You guys definitely sounded similar to bands that did video as well like Sigur Ros and Album Leaf.

M: Yea definitely, and I think that was a big part of it. We were doing music that sounded a lot more like that, and then that became a substantive part of who we are. It definitely still is a gimmick, but it’s not as gimimicky as it used to be. We have also found more of an identity with the videos we choose, to figure out a vibe in the video that fits us.

LxL: How is this record different than your  other stuff?

M: Honestly, it really sounds like Metavari broke up and we all happened to start a new band with each other, and we couldn’t think of any names, so we just called it Metavari. It’s not really like post-rock or instrumental. It’s electronic and closer to pop music.

LxL: It really reminds me of Air and Mew.

M: I could see that.

LxL: Where did you get the vocal samples for Moonless.

M: All the singing on the album are us, except for one is Chelsea from Beat Connection from Seattle. They are too cool for us, but she somehow agreed to do it. I am friends with her in the design world. I publish an illustration magazine, and she is in a coming issue, and that’s how we met, so when we found out she was in Beat Connection, we decided we should be more than friends.

LxL: What were you guys listening to when making the record?

M: So much Phil Collins. I love Phil Collins. I bought a really old engineering book that Hugh Padgham had a whole lot of chapters in and he talked about the gate on Phil’s toms, and we spent a whole lot of time trying to get that right. I probably shouldn’t say that, because when you listen to that, it probably sounds like hell.

LxL: If you were to tell people to listen to Moonless doing one activity, what would it be?

M: Contemplating suicide? (laughing) Probably driving. Even the records that didn’t sound like that, we wanted all our records to sound like good driving records.

LxL: What’s your problem with the moon (in regards to the album title)?

M: It’s deeper than it needs to be. It’s the idea of removing something important, and then thinking about what life would be like. We had a really shitty years  as humans. And we wanted to make music that showed removing something important, and something that defines you, and then think about how your life is different and writing about it. The moon in Moonless is a wife in one track, but could be an aspect of spirituality in another track, or friendship in another track. I’m making it sound more cheesy than it is, but that was the underlying concept. So it’s pretty dark at times.

LxL: Well obviously if you took the moon out of it it would be pretty dark.

M: (laughing) There is one song where it’s this really corny story about the moon disappearing, and Japan flooding, and this girl on her computer in the midst of it. It’s all around loss.

Watch the Moonless trailer below:



Metavari Q&A

CHVRCHES Review: The Bones of What You Believe

The Bones of What You Believe
Chvrches - The_Bones_of_What_You_Believe, album, cover art

It is no secret that electronic synthpop has been on the rise in recent years. M83, Grimes, MGMT, etc. are all recent acts that have pushed the limits and driven the genre to more modern heights. Now add to that list CHVRCHES. These Scottish synthpoppers have been garnering quite a buzz since their two EP releases in 2013, as well as their highly praised performance at this year’s SXSW festival. Now with the release of their first full length album, the world can welcome yet another bouncy, electronic whirlwind of a record full of bright noise and fun beats.
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CHVRCHES Review: The Bones of What You Believe

CounterPoint Music Festival Review: Sex, Drugs, & EDM


This is Austin writing, and I posted this review under my name to maintain anonymity of the author of this review.  I want to thank (redacted) for taking the time to write up CounterPoint Music Festival so thoroughly.  I will also say that the text messages exchanged between (redacted) and myself over the course of this weekend will forever bring a smile to my face.  Unfortunately, many of the readers of this site know my friend and know he went to this festival, so absolute transparency is not the best policy.  After (redacted) sparkling review, I hope to attend next year and get my weird on as well.  And as a disclaimer, the title of this article was provided by me.  Enjoy.

*Note: Some parts redacted to maintain the character of the author.

When you throw together 20,000+ people, 350 acres of beautiful landscape, and 70+ musical acts, the majority of which being electronic, you get a big bucket of weird.   This is what I learned last weekend at the first ever CounterPoint Festival outside of Atlanta, GA.  I know the typical post on here isn’t electronic music related so I’ll just try to describe the setting and hit the high points of each day.

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CounterPoint Music Festival Review: Sex, Drugs, & EDM

Pitchfork’s Soundplay: The Lamest Thing On The Internet

pitchfork soundplay, games, internet

Chances are, if you happen to read this blog regularly you probably also check out other sources for music write-ups on the internet. If that is the case, then chances are even greater that you follow, or at least occasionally check out Pitchfork. Pitchfork has no doubt inspired us in many ways to do what we do on this blog, but in other ways it does the opposite and shows us what not to do. Aside from its stigma of hosting overly pretentious articles/reviews, it also has a few other outlets that have never really seemed to been able to get off the ground but are still shoved down our throats while on the site. being one thing they seem to heavily promote, but don’t get much traction with. Most of the content on isn’t even generated by them in anyway, they just repost videos under their link to maybe make it look as such. Well recently Pitchfork decided to step into the gaming world and release an “innovative” new line of online video games “inspired” by their favorite music. And what a stink bomb it has turned out to be.
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Pitchfork’s Soundplay: The Lamest Thing On The Internet

Twin Shadow Review: Confess

Twin Shadow


twin shadow confess album cover art

In the past week, the high temperatures in St. Louis have routinely been in the 106-110 degree range on a daily basis.  I have lost power twice due to this onslaught, and am also on a minimum two-shower-per-day regimen.  For the first time in my life I have turned down free Cardinals tickets simply because I don’t want to brave the results of Al Gore’s wrath for not heeding his ample warnings of climate change.  I’m not sure it’s a coincidence that Twin Shadow’s sophomore album Confess emerged during the greatest heat wave I can remember in my lifetime.  In fact, George Lewis Jr. (who is ostensibly Twin Shadow) may have made an album so hot it directly contributed a few degrees to the ever-rising heat indexes.
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Twin Shadow Review: Confess

Top Ten Thursday: Best Albums of 2012….so far

It is a little over halfway through 2012 and a large breadth of music has been released in this time.  This of course means that it is time to list what, in our opinion, are the best albums so far this year.  We do this not to proselytize our readers into congratulating us on our superb music tastes, but instead to evaluate the current musical landscape.  Today’s list will also provide some loose guidelines for when we do make our end of the year list – although it is merely a predictor and not definitive on how we will feel at the end of the year.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Albums of 2012….so far