Author Archives: Wes

Everybody Gets Sump’n with Sump’n Claus

Saturday Night Live Sump'n Claus

Since this is the season, I figured I would spread some Christmas cheer. Saturday Night Live has been having a sneaky good season this year that may lack the super star like Kristen Wiig or Will Ferrell, but is one of the most consistently funny casts in a while. In the post Digital Short age of the Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live has continued to put out on a bunch of funny, catchy songs mostly penned by Jay Pharoah and the female

LxListening: Q4 Finds

Musical Treasure Finds

Every year, I devote the first half of December to catching up on any music I may have missed this year before we put together our end-of-year lists, a favorite exercise for any music fan. So I scour other publications lists (which always come out crazy early and sometimes miss out on a great release like Beyonce’s late surprise last year), ask friends for recommendations, and try to get a hold of any album that been on my to-listen list.

The Art of the Tribute: Strand of Oaks “JM”

Strand of Oaks "JM" Review

Tributes to fallen artists seem to come and go almost instantly. Most of the time, there is a benefit concert, a tribute album with bands covering that artist, or just a social media mention about what an impact that person had that works as an acknowledgment of that person’s impact. While all of these things are admirable, they seem to come and go without any lasting artifact about that artist. Then there’s the tribute song, something that can stand the

TV On The Radio Review: Seeds

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TV On The Radio Seeds As this NPR piece so brilliantly states, artists often find themselves at a crossroads midcareer, either endlessly repeating what they have been successful doing or they go scrambling for a new sound with very little success. TV On The Radio, collectively one of LxL’s favorite bands, found themselves in mid-career land on their fourth album Nine Types of Light, an album that angled for a more straightforward rock radio-friendly sounds, but ultimately was their first

Mark Ronson “Daffodils” Review

Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker's "Daffodil"

Mark Ronson “Daffodils (featuring Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker)”   My latest obsession comes from one of my favorite producers and one of my favorite singers, but with the producer (Mark Ronson) as the main artist and singer (Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker) as the contributor. For those unfamiliar, Mark Ronson is a retro-leaning producer that has played a huge role in a number of hits and hit musicians in the past two decades, namely being a big reason for the late

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