LxL’s 10 Most Anticipated 2015 Albums

Kendrick Lamar Bonnaroo 2012

2015 is set to be a year we hear from a bunch of creative heavy-hitters. Last year was largely dominated by quiet contemplative records, this year I think will be full of big-time records. So here are our 10 most anticipated records of 2015.

10. Father John Misty

Father John Misty, live, bonnaroo, 2013

Father John Misty, aka Joshua Tillman, is a modern master of musical satire, a lost art these days. His debut of “Bored in the USA” on Letterman, which takes modern capitalist quasi-religious America to task, gets us super excited for his new album, I Love You Honeybear, out in February .
9. My Morning Jacket

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A longtime LxL favorite, My Morning Jacket is set to release their seventh studio album, and more importantly, it means a tour for one of the most electric live bands on the planet.
8. Radiohead

Radiohead

Thom Yorke and Radiohead has been creating afro-infused electronic music for the last few albums, but it seems like Yorke reinvents himself and the band every four or five years. We hope to hear an all-new Radiohead in 2015.
7. Grimes

Grimes, new album 2014

Grimes postponed her 2014 album for a very surprising reason. On the verge of a huge pop breakthrough, Grimes must have reached down into herself and released these new radio-friendly songs weren’t what she wanted to make, and scrapped the album altogether. She is expected to return this year with an entirely new album, a bold move for such a young artist.
6. Twin Shadow

twin shadow, new album, 2014

Like Grimes, George Lewis Jr, aka Twin Shadow, was set to release the followup to his fantastic 2012 Confess last year, but his album and tour both were postponed for personal reasons. While we had to wait longer, we still can’t wait to hear what Twin shadow has next.
5. Sufjan Stevens

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A week ago, Sufjan Stevens announced his first non-Christmas album in five years, since the inventive masterpiece Age of Adz. His latest, Carrie & Lowell, is named after his mom and stepdad, again has Sufjan covering a specific subject, but as usual, I’m sure the new album will speak to larger issues in profound ways.
4. Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker's "Daffodil"

“Uptown Funk” was one of our 20 favorite songs in 2014, and even had us pondering, what would it be like if Bruno Mars was given an entire album of good songs? With Stevie Wonder, Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and more on tab, Uptown Special is set up to be an album of nostalgic bliss.
3. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

This may be the year Kendrick takes the throne as best rapper in the game. While Kanye is still at the top of the game, Kendrick’s gift of flow and profound  lyrics may make him the best in the game, especially if the rest of his new album is as good as “i” and the untitled track he debuted on The Colbert Report.
2. Kanye West

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Kanye has been quietly hosting listening parties for his new album since late 2014, but we still don’t have the details yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a surprise release sometime in the first half of the year like Beyonce and D’Angelo’s last albums.
1. Modest Mouse

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It’s been eight long years since Modest Mouse’s last proper studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and if “Lampshades of Fire” is an indicator, their new album Strangers to Ourselves, should be a return to the barking, vicious Modest Mouse of old.
Wes – Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

Few debuts show as much pure promise and songwriting talent as  Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. I expect his follow up to reach the same or greater heights.
Todd – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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The psych-pop trio has released two great records already, Todd is expecting a third.
Austin – Run the Jewels

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Two years. two hip hop classics. Here’s to seeing if El-P and Killer Mike can cement themselves as one of the best super groups of all time.

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Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

Most anticipated music of 2014
Now that we are almost a month deep into 2014, and the dust has begun to settle on all the 2013 talk, we are ready to take a quick preview of things to come. All of these artists below are set to release albums in the upcoming year, and below are our most anticipated. As with all things in life, sometimes musical expectations just don’t meet reality. For instance, last year the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s were at #1 on the list. Then they also ended up #1 on our “Most Disappointing Albums of 2013” list as well. So as always, forgive us our blunders as they arise, and please feel free to let us know what you are excited about in 2014 as well. Onto the list:

10. Joanna Newsom
joanna newsom, new album, 2014
In 2014 Joanna will release her first album in 4 years. Now that she is married to Andy Samberg, I only hope to expect a mix of Joanna’s uniquely classical sounds blended with the nonsensical, over-produced gaudiness of The Lonely Island. Just kidding. Hopefully it is just classic, lovely Joanna.
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Individual Best of 2012 Lists

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We gave you are collective Top 20 songs and albums of 2012 yesterday, but here are our separate lists:
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LxL’s Best Albums of 2012

Top 20 Best Albums of 2012 including El-P, Jack White, and Fiona Apple

2012 turned out to be a pretty great year in music.  I think all three of us would agree the offerings in 2012 were deep in really good albums, without many albums rising to the level of true greatness.  That being said, I think I would rather have a pool of 60-80 really good albums come out in a year than 9-10 great albums.  Around here, we like variety, and we certainly got it this year.  There was a surprisingly surge of good hip-hop released in the second half of the year (Killer Mike, Nas, Meek Mill).  There was the long-awaited return of all-timer female singer songwriter types (Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor).  And there were also several much-anticipated sophomore wide releases (Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, Beach House, Twin Shadow).  All in all, there may not have been a lot of perfect albums this year, but it was still a great year in music.  Enjoy the top 20.
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LxL’s Best Songs of 2012

Songs and Artists of 2012

Well, after a short Holiday hiatus, we are back! And our end of year coverage continues with the most difficult list to assemble: our favorite songs of 2012. Why is a songs list so difficult to construct you say? Because there is so friggin’ many of them, it’s very hard to reach a consensus. For example we may absolutely love two songs on an album fairly equally, like First Aid Kit’s “Lions Roar” and “EmmyLou”, but we might split our vote causing neither to make the list. But even with the challenging aspects of making this list, it was a blast to make and look back at all the songs that colored our year. Here are our favorites:

20. AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love”


New London electronic duo AlunaGeorge, consisting of singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid (naturally), hit the electronic field by storm in 2012 with an EP and hopes of a full-length to come in the upcoming year. “Your Drums, Your Love” wrings of the slick, wry, and pretty production that Lilly Allen brings to the table, but with an added dimension of electronic touches and an unshakable chime of voices repeating “your drums” to take it over the top.
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LxListening: Catch Up Time

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So many good albums are released over the course of a calendar year that we don’t even pretend to be thorough in our coverage of current music.  Its even harder for someone like me to absorb the amount of music I would like to, whereas Wes and Todd are human encyclopedias of all things past, present and future music.  Wes in particular is usually able to listen to an album once and form an opinion I usually agree with, but would take me upwards of five or six listens to form.

Due to my mongoloid nature of absorbing new music, it often takes me weeks, or even months to decide that I like an album, sometimes putting it on the shelf for quite some time after a first listen, only to give it one more shot and come around on it.  Due to my deficiency, I would like to bring to you a song from five albums that I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to review in whole, as a sign of respect that they are more than worthy of review.  Some have been released this week, some are weeks old, and some months, but all these artists are worthy of note.  Let these five tracks be your Friday Sizzurp.
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Twin Shadow Review: Confess

Twin Shadow

Confess

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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