Taylor Swift Red The first time I really listened to Taylor Swift was last year when I heard the song “Mean”. On the surface it seemed like another sad song about a love-gone-wrong, but it turned out this catchy and clever little tune is only disguised as such. When you dig a bit deeper you find that her ulterior motives are better served as a bit of an “eff you” to all her harsher critics (including Kanye, the end all
Monthly Archives: October 2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill I was a little nervous tackling Psychedelic Pill after the dump Neil Young & Crazy Horse laid with Americana earlier this year. The covers collection of American standards made me question whether Uncle Neil had succumbed to another aneurysm and was ready to be put out to pasture. So painful was reviewing Americana that I think I went a month without listening to On a Beach (or any Neil Young for that matter)
Consider this my 2012 Apology Tour. Sure I am not running for an election this year, but to keep your readership and stick to our motto of being the every man’s music blog, we wanted to start a series called “Upon Further Review”, going to the booth of former reviews and opinions we had and reversing our call. We may only be a step above the replacement officials, but at least we can admit when we get it wrong. For
For this week’s Lxlistening, I wanted to highlight several tracks that have come out this year whose album we failed to review. Even though each album was noteworthy enough for me to go, “Hey guys, I’m gonna review this”, for some reason reviewing another album (or life in general) got in the way. Good or bad (mostly good), I hoped this week to give you a some brief feelings on the album as well as the chosen track. And yes,
Titus Andronicus Local Business Titus Andronicus has emerged two years after The Monitor with something a little more accessible in Local Business. This comes at the expense of a very good thing Titus Andronicus had going though. The long-form Americana punk rock, Desaparecidos-era Conor Oberst style vocals, and most of the fuzz on the guitars is mostly gone. Insert more succinct song structure, vocals nearing on cartoonish, and cleaner instrumentation, and Local Business is a very different animal.