Long before Chris Christie was plugging up political opponents and their citizens on the highway, Bruce Springsteen was jamming the New Jersey turnpike with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.
There tend to be two groups of people when it comes to Bruce Springsteen: those that love him, and those that think he is overrated but inevitably doesn’t his music well. For most music folks I know, there tends to be a bit of light bulb moment when you just get what Springsteen does. Whether it’s finally seeing his immaculate gift of storytelling, prophetic understanding of American culture, or you just caught him live and felt his magic (as I did), something just sinks in.
With our “End of the Year” lists now completely wrapped-up for 2013, I can’t help but feel like a few acts were unrightfully snubbed completely from our artists, albums, and songs lists. This is natural since we clearly can’t just list everything we like, and with three of us voting, we also won’t all be voting on the exact same things. So for this week’s LxListening I thought I would list some of my honorable mentions from 2013 that didn’t get much pub from us in our end of the year lists, but are still being consistently played by myself. So without further ado, in no particular order, here is my attempt to clean up some of my list misses from 2013:
King Khan and the Shrines – “Born To Die”
King Khan and the Shrines are quite an interesting and eclectic bunch. Their 2013 effort Idle No More seems to be their best attempt at imitating fellow contemporaries and friends The Black Lips. Although the album does have some down spots here and there, it also has some gems such as this opening track to the album here.
This time of year, everyone (including us at LxL) are terribly obsessed with creating “end of the year lists”. Not only is it a fun topic of conversation and heated debate, but I also think it is appropriate because it is a good way to categorize eras of music. However, part of me always has a problem with the rush of the “end of year lists”. With the amount of music that comes our way in a year these days, it is hard not to miss a few things here and there. This is why last year I posted a LxListening reflecting on the songs of the year prior. For this year I am going to stick with the concept, but switch to albums. These are all albums that are now staples of mine. They have made my “go to” list of albums that will forever be tagged in my library as favorites, yet last year at this time, I’d hardly even listened to them (or in some cases, had not listened to them at all). In no particular order:
Death Grips – The Money Store
The fact that this album was not even on my radar last year is almost depressing to me. Since really discovering The Money Store this past spring, it has been a staple for me in many moods and atmospheres … especially ones that involve extreme thrashing of any kind.
As we finish up the first week of the last month of 2013, we are getting close to shifting to year end lists, and all that was 2013 in music (and a few other areas). For now, I will release one last list that is not related to best-of-2013 lists, and just give five classic tracks I have more or less discovered recently. I have previously done odds and ends playlists here and here.
It’s been a surprisingly busy fall in terms of new music releases, and with a three-man crew, we have been unable to cover all the notable releases this fall. So in order to make up ground, I figure I would highlight five of my favorite tracks from this fall. So without further ado, here are some of my fall recommendations.