Category Archives: Albums

Courtney Barnett Review: Sometimes I Sit and Think…

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Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit While I love music as much as the next person, sometimes you get in a music rut and just sort of get bored with what you listen to. This is especially the case running a music blog and digesting hours of music each day. But it always seems when that rut hits, some fresh voice or sound will come bursting out of the speakers and revitalize my love

Matthew E. White Review: Fresh Blood

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Matthew E. White Fresh Blood In the 60’s and 70’s, musical greatness was not only defined by the person, but also the place. Hit-factory studios like Motown, Fame, Muscle Shoals, Stax, and Sigma Sound were places defined by their signature sound, embodying sounds of the region, and their house bands were all sorts of legendary. Recent years have brought about documentaries about these magic places, whether it was Dave Grohl going crazy about Sound City Studios in LA in his

Mark Ronson Review: Uptown Special

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Mark Ronson Uptown Special   2014 was a big year for producers and artists switching roles with a lot of success. Ryan Adams and Beck both produced parts of Jenny Lewis’s wonderful The Voyager. The Black Keys continued to each produce plenty of work, with Auerbach almost single-handedly saving the Lana Del Rey record, and Patrick Carney making the Black Lips latest album bluesy and dirty. On the other hand, Pharrell, one half of legendary hip hop production team the

D’Angelo and the Vanguard Review: Black Messiah

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah After reading Questlove’s phenomenal memoir Mo Meta Blues, my biggest surprise coming away from the book was the way Questlove talked about his work with R&B vagabond D’Angelo (he produced his first two albums). Questlove sounds like a father talking about his first born son. When we saw D’Angelo’s first live performance in a number of years at the 2012 Bonnaroo Superjam, Questlove went as far as calling his favorite R&B singer. You could

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

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