Jay-Z, aka H.O.V.A., aka Jigga, aka Sean Carter, aka Mr. Beyonce, is coming off a universally lambasted and a commercial flop in Magna Carta…Holy Grail, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t love Jay. Jay-Z may have lost his King of Hip Hop throne to his Watch the Throne co-star and his former disciple/producer Kanye West (who we also gave top ten treatment recently), but Jay still owns the stage as well as any rapper and has wrangled up a whole slew of hits over his 17 year career. We spoke on Magna Carta…Holy Grail , Monday, now here is our Ten Favorite Songs from Jigga.
Whether its Jim James, David Byrne, or Jack White, here at LxL we love musicians who dip their hands in many musical pots (or projects). Another artist who is having a banner year in diversifying himself is Justin Vernon, best known as the man behind Bon Iver, the cabin-in-the-woods indie folk act that became the Grammys’ Best New Artist just a couple years ago. He has already starred as the main hook singer on Kanye’s Yeezus, released a good-ole boys rock record with the Shouting Matches, and is set to release an album with his second best project (beside Bon Iver) in the experimental pop project Volcano Choir. So here are five choice cuts from his various projects (only 5 of his 10 projects) from the past few years.
We have reached the halfway point of our 2013, so it’s time to bring out our mid-term lists for the season. With so many great options to choose from already in 2013 it was hard to narrow this list down. Acts like Foxygen, JT, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs may have all gotten snubbed, but here is what made our top 5:
5. Savages – “She Will”
As a last minute road trip from Chicago to PA happened upon a friend and I yesterday, it gave me ample time for some good listening this week. What was also fun was playing some tracks for my friend, and hearing her reaction and preferences to them. Here were some of my and her favorites from a pool of some recent releases that also helped fit the mood of a rainy day on the road.
Baths – “Miasma Sky”
Baths’ bright tunes and dark lyrical undertones were the perfect combination for a rainy, but fun 6+ hour drive.