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: Rapid Fire Album Reviews

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With the barrage of great music 2013 has offered up thus far, we at LxL are struggling to keep up with everything we feel we should be touching on. Enter our first mid-week entry of LxListening, and a new concept behind it: Rapid Fire Album Reviews. Granted, all of the albums listed below should be warranted their own full review, but three men at one post a day can only accomplish so much. So here we are in an effort to try and not let some of this springs most dominant releases slip through the cracks. If you haven’t already heard these, I urge you to give the following albums a listen:

 

Savages – Silence Yourself
Savages, album cover, Silence Yourself
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LxListening: First Fridays

First Fridays

After a few slow months in late 2012, the first thirty-one days of the new year have already brought some life back to the music scene. A few releases this past month have really taken me by surprise, which is a great start to the year. To honor this great music, I decided to share some first tracks from some of my favorite albums from this year’s first month. Album openers are such a tricky thing in music. You want to grab your audiences attention immediately, but you also don’t want to blow your load too early. That always ends up a bit messy. In essence, the idea is to have something that previews the energy of the album and is somewhat accessible, but not so heavy that it wears the audience out. The short playlist I put together below I feel has some very strong examples of first tracks, and hopefully it inspires some to want to listen to the rest of the albums they each came from. They are all worth a listen in my opinion. So here you are, some first tracks from the first month of 2013 on this, the first Friday of February:

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LxListening: A Total Cluster Cuss

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Sometimes our LxListening segment will have a certain theme or tone … this week I got nothing. Nothing but a cluster cuss of great tracks that is. Some have yet to be released, some have just been released, and some have been released for a long time. In any case, they are all fantastic, and have found their way into very heavy rotation in my playlist lately, and to be honest some of these tracks won’t be leaving that playlist for a good while. Listed in order of newest-to-oldest, here we go:
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New God Flow: *Bleep* Everything Else

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“New God Flow”

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I don’t know but I’ve been told … (I don’t know but I’ve been told)
Ye’s new track is solid gold … (Ye’s new track is solid gold)!

^Yeezy joins the Military

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Father John Misty Review: A Fox Less His Fleet, But Not Less the Music

Father John Misty
Fear Fun

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Long before Joshua Tillman moved to Hollywood and took on the persona of Father John Misty, he was drumming for a little band known as Saxon Shore. Saxon Shore is a small post-rock instrumental 4-piece band that had the ability to put on some pretty insane shows. I remember seeing them my first year of college in Ball State University’s student center cafeteria. They left quite the impression, but I hardly heard from them again after that show. After he left Saxon Shore, he moved to Seattle, and began pursuing his solo career. Luckily for Joshua, Damien Jurado got his paws on one of Josh’s tapes and asked Josh to join him on a small tour, in which he was mostly not cared for. It was after that tour he joined up with his most promising musical venture to date, Fleet Foxes. Two masterful albums, a stunning EP, a few tours, and many praises later, he left the Fleet to re-pursue his solo career yet again, but this time with a new name, a new attitude, and a totally new sound. Even though Fleet Foxes seem to still be only growing by the minute in popularity, Joshua felt Father John busting from every pore of his body and couldn’t wait any longer to release him to the world. So he packed his things, moved down to Hollywood, and as a result, we are now blessed with Fear Fun.
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