Editor’s Note: With the Grammys coming up Sunday, we thought it best to re-run our favorite list about the consistently terrible award show.
It’s no secret, or even a matter of opinion at this point. It’s just a cold hard fact. The Grammys suck. Everyone knows and understands this, yet somehow, they still exist. Not only do they exist, but they exist on a larger than life scale. Yet not once have I ever heard someone in real life or media claim that the Grammys have ever held any sort of relevance in the music world … Ok, I take that back … I DO remember hearing hipsters last year claiming that Arcade Fire was “breaking barriers” and “proving something for indie musicians” when they won that worthless hunk of fake gold for whatever bull-spit category they won it for. In contrast, I also remember hearing Nickelback fans rant and start a blogspot called “Who the F*$k is Arcade Fire”. I think it’s fair to say that neither of these stereotypes should represent music anyways. Anyone who cares about music realizes that Grammys hold as much value as my MC Hammers savings account. It’s quite literally a song and dance put on by the record companies to maximize profit in an industry that isn’t very good at making profits anymore. So they do what they can, and exploit what songs made money in television commercials that year, and pray that people still think their input is worth anything.
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April 5th, 2014
Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
With each album, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has further cemented herself as an artist worth paying attention to. Her latest self-titled album sounds like nobody but herself and each album has gotten increasingly artful. Thanks to the Riviera Theatre, Jam Productions, and the wonderful world that is Twitter, I landed two free tickets to see her as she strolled through Chicago. While her latest tour is no doubt her most carefully crafted and choreographed solo show to date, what really makes her latest show interesting is Clark turning into a bonafide guitar god.
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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
John Denver (Denver) vs. Bing Crosby (Seattle)
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We lost a legend this week in freedom fighter/folk singer Richie Havens, who had a long yet somewhat under-the-radar 45 year musical career that remains pegged to one iconic moment: his performance of “Freedom” at the opening of Woodstock. This moment ushered in a new era of rock ‘n’ roll in pop culture not too mention it being one of the most wicked live performances caught on film. So this week, we thought we would distill the ten most legendary live moments in history, moments that were iconic, important, and just plain awesome in rock history.
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With the music trend increasingly shifting back to psychedelic rock lately, we decided to put our heads together to come up with our favorite psychedelic rock albums of ever. Surprisingly enough, every album on our list was released pre-1979 except Wes’ miss. I guess 60’s and 70’s were just a bit more focused on keeping their listeners really high … high on serotonin levels that is … because everyone of these albums will keep you happy as a clam. Many modern psychedelic albums were considered; Black Mountain, Foxygen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala. In fact, Flaming Lips and Kurt Vile’s new albums were actually the inspiration. Nonetheless, the below are the albums we think best satisfies those moments you really just need a nice hit of psychedelics:
10. Moby Grape – Moby Grape
Moby Grape’s debut album was an early forerunner to the groovy San Francisco vibes that we all came to know and love. Moby Grape is an often overlooked album, especially when considered how many folk psychedelic acts came to follow suite.
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People, Hell & Angels
Alrighty folks, it’s time to give you an in-depth review of the new Hendrix album. It’s been generating a lot of buzz and even reached the top of the Billboard charts. The only thing is, there’s been a whole bunch of BS being spread about the album. It’s time to lay down the facts, give it a hefty once over, and crank out the Hendrix jams for a big ol’ review.
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With the posthumous release this week of Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels, which admittedly none of us has really dug into yet, we decided to explore the strange wonderful world of albums released after an artist’s death. Most of these artists died untimely deaths, but the albums on this list range from those completed (or nearly completed) while the artist was still alive to those compiled from unreleased catalogs years after. These albums also vary between solo artists dying to just a singular (but irreplaceable) member of a band dying. For our purposes, we decided to leave out live albums, because that would be opening an entire barrel of monkeys that we simply didn’t want to deal with. Enjoy, and as always let us know what we excluded, missed, or exactly how stupid we are.
10. Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways
V may not be the finest of Johnny Cash’s American recordings, but it is still a fine album by the greatest country artist of all time. Cash also holds the distinction as the only member of this list who lived his life to natural completion. Highlights include “Four Strong Winds”, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, and “Help Me”.
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