Ahhh…the spring. The time for birds chirping, flowers blooming, and of course, the start of a new music festival season. Last year at this time of year, we gave you our favorite spring albums, and many of the songs on this list, belong on entries for that list. Oh by the way, this week, we are bringing you the best songs for spring, the songs that help break us from our winter hibernation, throw open the curtains, and spring out into the world (pun intended). So join us as we clean out the old song garage and give you our ten favorite spring songs.
Not sure where your neck of the woods is, but where I am (the Chicago area), it got mighty frigid this week. So in honor of our prickly cold weather, we give you the best songs for this time of year, our favorite winter songs. In evaluating these songs, much like how we evaluated our top ten albums of winter last year, we tried to find the ten songs that best encapsulate the look, feel, and sound of the season; not just our ten favorite songs that just so happened to mention winter. So without further ado, the ten best songs for this frisky weather.
We at LxL are men for all seasons, and winter is no exception. As three people grown up and still suffering through the Midwestern cold, we get the meaning of winter. So we know you need a little musical help to get you through the harsh cold. Here are our top ten albums of winter. Enjoy.
There must be some Tennessee moonshine or something in the water over in Sweden, because for some strange reason, multiple Swedish acts are doing Americana and Nashville country better than Americans themselves. First there was Tallest Man on Earth, aka Swede Kristian Mattson, who has the voice of a Tennessee coal miner and a heart of gold. Now there is First Aid Kit, the brilliant sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who broke out when Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes fame was blown away by the sisters’ YouTube performance of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and promoted it on the Fleet Foxes site. Then the band further blew up upon their second album The Lion’s Roar, which somehow delivered the Nashville country sound (and even referenced it on “EmmyLou”) with the help of producer and Monsters of Folk member Mike Mogis. Now comes Stay Gold, another record produced by Mogis, which further pretties up and captures the unique beauty of the Soderberg sister’s voices. Continue reading “First Aid Kit Review: Stay Gold”
Apparently there has been a big stink about the NFL going after bars and restaurants for advertising “Super Bowl” parties, as well as anyone having “Super Bowl” specials at their respective businesses. The NFL has a pigskin-sized object lodged so far up their ass, they insist on controlling any iteration of the phrase “Super Bowl”. Well, screw you NFL. LxL will not succumb to your tyrannical ways. This is our Top Ten list: Super Bowl Edition. This is not the most proper top ten list. Instead, we decided to take the top 5 most notable bands from Denver and Seattle, and have them square off to see who achieves supremacy in the musical realm. Denver’s list is so weak we even allowed for bands from the entire state of Colorado in an attempt to even the playing field. So without further ado, here are the matchups and the winners. The Starting Lineup
Now that we are almost a month deep into 2014, and the dust has begun to settle on all the 2013 talk, we are ready to take a quick preview of things to come. All of these artists below are set to release albums in the upcoming year, and below are our most anticipated. As with all things in life, sometimes musical expectations just don’t meet reality. For instance, last year the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s were at #1 on the list. Then they also ended up #1 on our “Most Disappointing Albums of 2013” list as well. So as always, forgive us our blunders as they arise, and please feel free to let us know what you are excited about in 2014 as well. Onto the list:
10. Joanna Newsom
In 2014 Joanna will release her first album in 4 years. Now that she is married to Andy Samberg, I only hope to expect a mix of Joanna’s uniquely classical sounds blended with the nonsensical, over-produced gaudiness of The Lonely Island. Just kidding. Hopefully it is just classic, lovely Joanna. Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2014”
One of our biggest pet peeves at LxL is the mid-career self-titled reinvention album: the one last gasp at pretending to start over. Many times it is when a band joins a major label and hopes to start anew or when the band has been falling apart and hopes for a fresh start, but either way, the mid-career self-titled album usually spells trouble. MGMT this week joins the ranks of mid-career self-titled albums, and from early returns, it sounds like this album won’t necessarily be a return to form. So in order to get our minds off the ugly self-titled trend, we have decided to give you the 10 best self-titled (or eponymous) albums of all time. Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Best Self-Titled Albums”