Apocalypse NOW: The 10 Best Apocalyptic Tracks

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Editors note: This originally published in 2013. With the release of the new Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, we revisit one of our favorite lists, our ten favorite apocalyptic tunes.

We all love us some Edgar Wright (and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for that matter), so with the opening of The World’s End this weekend, we thought it appropriate to dig up the top ten apocalyptic songs.  A few words about The World’s End first though.  I am endlessly excited to see this movie, but it just has the worst title ever.  The title is not bad in and of itself.  It is descriptive.  It is succinct.  But unfortunately it is too similar to another apocalyptic comedy from earlier this summer (This Is The End) as well as a Pirates of the Caribbean poopcicle (At World’s End).  This obviously won’t effect the quality of the movie, but its a pet peeve of mine from a differentiation standpoint.

Now that all that is out of the way, enjoy these top ten tracks for the end of times.

10. Prince – “1999”

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Apocalypse NOW: The 10 Best Apocalyptic Tracks

The 10 Best Music Films

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Editor’s Note: This was originally published in 2013. With the release of Straight Outta Compton this week, we thought we would revisit our favorite music films (non-doc, non-musical) of all time.

Inside Llewyn Davis, the soundtrack of which I reviewed yesterday, is a film about a struggling musician in Greenwich Village during the 1960’s.  It is a very musical film, but not a musical.  We decided it would be fun to create a top ten list of films of that same ilk.  Not musicals.  Not documentaries about musicians.  Not concert films.  But instead, films with an overall musical thread guiding the feature.  Biopics were considered, because we all know there is plenty of fictionalized drama inserted into the majority of those type of films.  This is a shockingly strong list covering music in many different forms.  We have an all-time great mockumentary, a film about independent radio, and a couple movies about those who work in record stores.  All in all, a very fun and diverse group of films.  Enjoy, and as always let us know what we missed.

10. School of Rock

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If you don’t love School of Rock, your heart has turned to stone.  There are not many films that appeal equally to kids and adults, but School of Rock toes that line effortlessly in the ultimate crowd-pleaser.  Kudos to Richard Linklater for stepping outside his indie comfort zone, as well as to Jack Black for providing the perfect central character for this romp.
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The 10 Best Music Films

The Top 10 Songs of 2015….so far

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2015 has been a solid year in music so far as we examined last week with our list of best albums up to this point.  This week, we take a look at some of the best tracks 2015 has had to offer.  I think we have a very nice diverse list, although many of the songs have some sort of electronic element, but that’s just been the trend in the music industry the past few years.  Enjoy the list, and please let us know your favorite tracks from 2015.

10.  Viet Cong – “Silhouettes”

We all like post-punk with some teeth, and Viet Cong is currently hearkening back to some of our favorite artists of the early 80’s.  “Silhouettes” is a great example of what Viet Cong has burst onto the scene with, not just settling into the genre, but expanding on it.
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The Top 10 Songs of 2015….so far

Top Ten Thursday: In Memory Of …

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So maybe Memorial Day is really to honor solely fallen servicemen and servicewomen in the United States.  But we wanted to make a list of the top ten songs memorializing just about anyone to give us a little more to choose from.  So whether it be a fallen loved one, fellow musician, fictional character or national figure, all songs about the deceased are fair game.  So in the words of everyone’s favorite dead collector, “Bring out yer dead”.

Editor’s Note: This list was originally posted in 2012 for Memorial Day.

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I Can Be Your Hero, Baby: The 10 Best Music Superheroes

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Editor’s Note: This list originally published in 2013, but with the new Avengers movie releasing tomorrow, it seemed like a great time to revisit the list.

In a concerted effort to make it seem we do not take ourselves too seriously, perhaps out of a fear of taking ourselves too seriously sometimes, we like to mix up our more scholarly lists with those that make us out to be a handful of nerdy jackasses.  This is one of those lists.  There has been a lot of hysteria surrounding superhero movies this summer.  I mean, damn, a Batman, Spiderman, and Avengers movies all in the same summer.  We are all extremely partial to Batman, especially those of the Nolan/Burton persuasion, and decided to save this dopey collection for around the time The Dark Knight Rises was released.  As comic-book/superhero movie fans,  we thought we could fantasize a little bit about which musicians would make the best superheroes, and speculate a little bit about their key attributes.  For awhile there, we considered doing a joint heroes/villains list, but ultimately decided to make two separate lists, with the heroes list today, and the villains list coming at you next Thursday.  Enjoy.
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I Can Be Your Hero, Baby: The 10 Best Music Superheroes

Top Ten Thursday: The 10 Best Rainy Day Songs

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It is still Thursday, so this is still a Top Ten Thursday.  It is also spring, and thus the time for rain.  And tornadoes.  And hail.  But mostly a lot of rain.  So why not craft a soundtrack for the perfect rainy day listening experience.  As a warning, we were more literal with this particular list, instead of mood oriented, so its a bit of a hodge podge of styles.

Noticeably missing, unfortunately, is the classic Live track “Lightning Crashes”, and for that we sincerely apologize.  It’s just that nothing kills our writing mood more than any mention of placenta.  Enjoy the list.

10.  “Rain On a Highway” – Daughn Gibson

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You can just feel Daughn Gibson’s past as a truck driver seeping through on this song.  Headlights on. Windshield wipers beating back and forth.  Rain on the the highway.  Done deal.
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Top Ten Thursday: The 10 Best Rainy Day Songs

Spring Fever: The 10 Best Spring Albums

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For any Midwesterners out there, spring is almost certain to be one of your favorite seasons.  The summer is sweltering hot and humid.  Winter (not this year fortunately) can be cold, wet, and depressing.  Fall is probably my favorite season, because more often than not the past ten years it means I get to watch post-season Cardinals baseball.  But spring means the birds are starting another long season, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch.
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Spring Fever: The 10 Best Spring Albums