LX Origin Story, Part I

Before I dive into chapter by chapter, song by song commentary for L Extreme I wanted to provide a little background on how this came to be. Let’s start at the beginning… July 2009: I purchased the special music issue of The Believer magazine at Skylight Books in LA. It was a total impulse purchase…

New Novel: L Extreme

It’s been awhile but we’re back with style… Announcing the new novel by JL Civi: L Extreme! Readers of this blog know I’ve been a huge fan of Benji Hughes for years. Somewhere along the line I decided to write a novel based on his album A Love Extreme. For a reason I can’t fully recall…

Of the Year – 2016

ALBUMS 1. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine — Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam  I love when my favorite album of the year comes out of nowhere. I listened to this on NPR first listen because I liked the title and Hamilton’s last name. And I pretty much haven’t stopped listening to it since….

Someone Else is Rediscovering Pavement

The best love letter to a band disguised as a letter to your past self (or is it vice versa?) that I have ever read: Wait, You’ve Never Heard: Pavement – Brighten The Corners My favorite quote: “There’s a magic to the moment you finally love a band, and anyone who says he or she was with…

I Went With Some Friends to See Benji Hughes…

…it was the greatest show I ever saw. I’ve been dying to see Benji Hughes live since discovering him back in October via an article in The Believer magazine that sat unread on our coffee table for several weeks. By the time I got around to reading it and listening to his album I learned we…

All About The Benji Hughes

Every once in a great while a record comes around that just plain blows your mind.  One that lands in heavy rotation, building up steam and momentum with each listen.  You may like or even love other albums, but the magical ones like this are few and far between.  Music so good you can’t stop…