Jack White Review Royale: Total Blunderbliss

Jack White

Blunderbuss

Jack White, Blunderbuss, solo cover art, album cover, solo debut, piano player,

As a head of three major rock outfits (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and a long-time favorite all three of LxL’s constituents, Jack White (and his debut solo album Blunderbuss) is a natural to get our three-way review royale treatment. As arguably the most hyped release of 2012, the amount of discussion and hype surrounding an album such as this often gets so bloated that the album itself turns out to be a bit of a disappointment, and I will say that upon first listen I thought that may have been the case.  But Blunderbuss is not the sort of album that hits you over the head the first time you hear it (even if “Sixteen Saltines” does), but slowly crawls its way into your head and heart.
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LxListening: Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends music playlist

Not exactly sure what’s caused it, but my music listening as of late has been all over the board. From Neil Young’s On The Beach to Q-Tip’s solo work to indie groups like Islands and School of Seven Bells, I’m all over the map. I lack serious direction at the moment. Thus, this playlist reflects my scatterbrain listening at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less worthwhile. This list has some of the best nuggets I have shared to date.
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Dr. Dog Review

Dr. Dog

Be The Void

Dr. Dog Be The Void album cover art

Often in music, especially music criticism, we are constantly looking for the next big thing or focus on bands that are pushing the envelope and bending genres. What can often be missed though is the sheer enjoyment that can come to simply listening to a great song regardless of whether it innovates or not. Thus is the space that we find Dr. Dog, a band that unabashedly pulls no punches but simply takes their musical style from the three immortal “B” Bands of the 60’s: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Band. My initial feelings towards the scrappy Philadelphia quintet was hesitancy over their imitation-over-innovation approach, but ultimately the melodies and harmonies took hold, and the band has held a special place in my heart for the last five years. Their seventh album, Be The Void, sticks mostly to the classic Dr. Dog formula but is also their most noisy, rollicking album to date, although a bit inconsistent.
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Paul Simon Show Review

Paul Simon

IU Auditorium

Bloomington, IN

11/20/2011

Paul Simon Live
Still Crazy Good After All These Years

Catching a music legend past their prime can be a mixed bag. The sheer presence of someone who has played such an important role in music history can be awe-inspiring, but often the performances fall quite flat and it can even be borderline sad seeing them as just a shell of who they used to be. Some legends seem to almost get better with age (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young), while other’s  rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles have gotten the best of them over time (Bob Dylan, The Who).
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Top Ten Thursday: Indubitably Great Debuts

In accordance with our debut this week, we thought it would be appropriate if we gave LxL’s Top Ten Debuts of all time.

1. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin 

Loud, rebellious and unbelievably bluesy; this is what rock n’ roll is supposed to sound like. It’s funny to think that in ’69 when this was released, that the critics ripped it apart. Shows how much they know.
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