Top Ten Thursday: Best Albums of the Third Kind

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In September of 2011, Wes, Austin, and I took a Facebook thread that we used to vent and express our opinions on current music to each other, and transferred it to this music blog. For some reason, people decided to read what we wrote. Now two years later we are still doing it. Typing out our thoughts on albums, describing our favorite songs as of recent, and making these lists on a weekly basis has become a part of our lively routine. So we thank all of you that are actually reading these posts of mindless musical dribble for making our opinions seem as if they actually matter. Now, as is tradition, we will celebrate with a list. In our debut list, we gave you our favorite debut albums. Approaching our second year, we made the sophomore albums list. Now as we approach our third year, we present to you this week’s list: our favorite albums of the third kind. Simply put, this is a list of what we consider to be the best third album put out by any band or artist. Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy:

10. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
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Top Ten Thursday: Life is a Highway (Best Road Trip Songs)

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Wes is on a pretty epic 12-day road trip out to Seattle, then up to Vancouver, and back to Chicago.  Along the way, him and Jackie (his wife for the uninitiated) are stopping at Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and many other beautiful places along the way.  In honor of this trip, and in hopes of his safe return, we put our heads together to come up with the top ten road trip songs to keep Wes and Jackie alert, energized, and most importantly awake on this endeavor.

We tried to limit our choices for this list to songs actually about traveling to some degree.  There are many songs and albums that we more abstractly view as road trip songs, but that would have opened this list up to too many options.  We hope you enjoy these songs of the road, and as always feel free to bring more road trip songs of your preference to our attention.
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Meat Loaf Retro Review: Bat Out of Hell

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Bat Out of Hell

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While sitting in a halfway empty Chicago bar last Saturday afternoon, my friends and I were being treated to one of the most entertaining playlists I’d ever had the pleasure of listening too. It was simple, but brilliant. Spanning from Miley Cyrus to the Who, to Afroman and Whitney Houston, it seemed to be one long stretch of nostalgic sounds and a constant conversation piece.  It even erupted into a “Gangnam Style” dance off which fortunately did not end in a brutal blood bath of a shooting … although we did learn later from the waitress that shootings were in fact not a completely irregular occurrence for The Keg of Evanston. Perhaps the most life changing moment, other than the mind-melting discovery of a mash up of Michael Jacksons “Bad” and Ray Parker Jr’s most incredible “Ghostbusters” (which was incredibly confusing by the way), came when Meat Loaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” came on.  The track is one that is familiar to most everyone. After singing through a few verses, Meat Loaf found his way into being the sole topic of conversation for my friend Daniel K. Leeper and I (notice the striking name similarities to Daniel Day Lewis).  It was then I admitted that I had never heard the album Bat Out of Hell, and it was then I agreed to purchase it so that we could listen to it in its entirety on our drive the next day. It was a life changing moment, and one that I will now forever be thankful for.
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LxL Fest: 3 Days, 33 Acts, 1 Stage

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Top Ten Thursday: Conception

With the great disappointment of Mylo Xyloto (Coldplays new concept album that dropped earlier this week) still being fresh in our heads, we at LxL wanted to remind the world that there are indeed good concept albums out there. Apologies to Austin, who got particularly screwed in this weeks voting, but nonetheless, here is what we came up with:
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