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
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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 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
Stevie Wonder Performs Songs in the Key of Life Live November 14th, 2014 United Center, Chicago, IL There are few albums more ambitious than Stevie Wonder’s 1976 double-album Songs in the Key of Life. It’s as ambitious and ornate as Sgt. Pepper’s and as diverse and wide-ranging as the White Album. It’s exploration of life in the inner city and a divided, violent country and his idealist call for love to heal all divides transcends the period and is still
Ex Hex Rips Sometimes you just need an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll palette cleanser. Enter female power trio Ex Hex. Led by Helium and Wild Flag’s Mary Timony, the band rips out straightforward, lovable pop rock songs in the spirit of 70’s rock staples like the Pretenders, the Ramones, and Roxy Music. At just 12 minutes and 35 minutes, Ex Hex’s debut Rips moves with swiftness and cocksureness that is hard to resist.