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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Top Ten Thursday: Back to School

School Music - Songs about College or High School

Fall is almost here; and with the fall comes a sense of dread among all kids, teens, and young adults alike: school has arrived. While the three of us at LxL are done with school (at least for now), that doesn’t mean we don’t like to reminisce a bit. This week we go with our ten favorite school songs with these two main criteria for the category: they couldn’t be about graduation (a list for another time), and they had to be about school or at least set in school with tons of references to it. This actually proved to be one of our most difficult lists to decide upon, as songs about school a lot more prominent in music history than we thought. So let’s take you back to school.
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Top Ten Thursday: Tarantino’s Ten Triumphs

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The writers here at LxL are unabashed fans of the collected works of Quentin Tarantino.  I watched Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction for the first time with Todd in his parent’s basement when we were far too young.  I saw both Kill Bill movies with Wes, one of which I’m certain we snuck into.  In addition, Inglorious Basterds set the bar for the revisionist history genre.

When I started hearing some details on his new project, Django Unchained, I encouraged Todd (who works in the pictures) to at least explore getting a position on the film.  Much to all our excitement, Todd started working on the L.A. production of Django Unchained last week, and can now be considered part of the inner circle of Hollywood elite.  A real Tinseltown treat Todd has become.  In all seriousness, it is effing awesome Todd got on this film, and made us want to revisit some of our favorite moments and Tarantino movies; in particular those that have iconic musical moments.

There are so many great scenes accompanied by great music in Tarantino’s movies, but we think we assembled a pretty good list here.  After Django Unchained is released we expect to have to shift around some of the rankings, but for now enjoy all the good clips and accompanying music.
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Beach Boys Review Royale: The Smile Sessions

The Beach Boys

The SMiLE Sessions

Smile Sessions Box Set

It has been known as “The Holy Grail of Rock ‘n’ Roll” or the “Most famous album never released”. In 1966 and 1967, at the same time as The Beatles were concocting their  career staple Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beach Boys were constructing their own magnum opus known as SMiLE, meant as an ambitious follow up to their first masterpiece, Pet Sounds. But the project was rumored to be scrapped near the final stages due to dissension among the band about the project as well as Beach Boys front man and producer Brian Wilson dissolving due to heavy drug use and mental disorders.  Many tracks meant for SMiLE including staple Beach Boys songs “Good Vibrations”, “Heroes and Villains”, and “Surf’s Up” ended up landing on subsequent albums, but the album was never released as intended. Also, several of the missing tracks on SMiLE got released in the 1993 Good Vibrations box set but not released in album format or in complete.

The Beach Boys SMiLE
SMiLE, the mighty chalice of rock history

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