LxL is taking a short hiatus for the upcoming holiday weekend, but before we go we wanted to give thanks for our favorite songs that also happen to give thanks in their own right. Because this is not a Top Ten Thursday post, we decided to keep things short and sweet with five solid tracks in this edition of Weak List Wednesday: Thanks!. We feel these tracks best represent the spirit of thankfulness, glorified gluttony, and pilgrims eating Native Americans … I mean pilgrims eating WITH the Native Americans … wait how’d that go? Anyways, onto the list:
I last visited the world of music podcasts in 2013 when, admittedly, I had a much harder time coming up with five music-related podcasts worth listening to. Since Serial came out and seriously raised awareness of podcasts, there has been a tremendous increase in podcasts in general. So much like TV, there is now the problem that there are not enough hours in the day to listen to good, worthwhile podcasts. So here are the best five music podcasts that I would wholeheartedly recommend.
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I don’t think it was the most prolific year in music for any of us. Wes bought a house. Todd spent six weeks in Thailand Muay Thai fighting. And I Rip Van Winkled myself, sleeping most the year. Nevertheless, we all were able to catch some good live music. Let us know what your favorite show was this year.
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Last week we talked a bit about our favorite albums of 2014 so far. With only half of the year under our belt, we still have a lot of new music to look forward to. Below are a few new tracks that have recently been released from artists with albums that are due out fairly soon. Listed in no particular order, here are five great new tracks from some highly anticipated upcoming albums set to be released this year.
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We are now past that halfway point of 2014, and thus, it is time to look back at some of of favorite songs of the year so far. Please let us know your qualms, queries, and substitutions:
5. “Your Love Is Killing Me” – Sharon Van Etten
Sharon finds a perfect blend of raw, aggression, and passion in this fine track from her wonderful new album.
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There is plenty to not like about the Olympics this year. Seeing as it is a winter Olympics, the airwaves will be dominated by figure skating. It will be tough to see much of the good stuff live. And this year, the Olympics take place in weird, backward Russia.
The problem with Olympic theme songs is two-fold. First, the artists chosen are typically pop junk. Second, it would be a much better strategy to re-purpose great existing songs rather than commission artists to write brand new songs for the tradition. These songs are all equally terrible, and the worst among the many failed attempts by the Olympic higher-ups to get hooked on an outdated tradition. Enjoy and let us know what we missed.
5. Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado – “Bang the Drum”
“Bang the Drum” is like something you would hear on the downward spectrum of contemporary Christian radio. The fact that a song this terrible was greenlit for the 2010 Olympics, and put together by such accomplished artists (yes, I love Bryan Adams) is a major fail on the part of everyone involved.
The above picture is a perfect microcosm of how we felt about the albums on our short list today. We were all excited to some extent or another about each of the disappointing albums found below. In fact, three of the albums below were on our list at the beginning of the year for the Top Ten Most Anticipated Albums of 2013. If you look at that list you will see we definitely have some fine-tuning to do in our decision-making of where to place expectations. I think it may be time to temper expectations so that they are actually exceeded once or twice in 2014. Enjoy the short list and let us know which albums you found to be the most disappointing in 2013.
5. The Weeknd – Kiss Land
After a really solid stretch, The Weeknd went on to release this absolute snoozefest in 2013. With the only collaboration on the album being with Drake, it stands to reason The Weeknd should have gone a little farther outside his comfort zone on Kiss Land.
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