Tale of Two Free Shows: Dan Deacon and Robert Plant

Dan Deacon Millennium Park Show Review

Dan Deacon

July 11th, 2013

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL 

 

 

 

 

Robert Plant Taste of Chicago Show Review

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

July 12th, 2013

Grant Park, Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 

Yes, I realize this will probably be the first and the last time Robert Plant and Dan Deacon will be mentioned in the same sentence or review for that matter, but I saw both acts play in Chicago last week for free on back-to-back nights, and I figured why not take them both on together. You could say I was inspired by fellow LxLer Austin’s “Battle of the ‘J’s’” review which looked at J. Cole and Jay-Z’s new albums, although Plant and Deacon have an incy bit less in common.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Covers Albums

cover album art for william hung inspiration

After the painful experience of reviewing Neil Young’s new cover album, Americana, we decided to go back to some of our old favorites, and create a list of the top ten cover albums.  It was surprisingly difficult to find a comprehensive list of cover albums that have even been released, so I am certain we are missing a couple of classics, but also was very happy with strength of the list we came up with.  Another couple items of note is that the album needed to be 75% covers to be considered and a lot of 1950’s and 60’s albums were not considered.  A lot of early Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc. albums were comprised mostly of covers because that’s just the way the music business was run back then.  Somebody would have a minor hit, then ten artists would cover it to bandwagon and try to copy its success. 

So what makes a great cover album?  There are a lot of opinions on that, but we firmly believe it is not enough to simply mimic already great songs.  What we like to see is an artist keep the feeling of the original but substantially change the arrangement.  Also great is when an artist manages to rescue a song from obscurity and make it completely their own.  There is not absolute formula to a great cover song or album, but as with most of our list the following selections hit us the hardest.  On to the list.

10. David Bowie – Pin Ups

album cover art for david bowie pin ups

Bowie’s lat album with The Spiders from Mars was a tribute album to some of his favorite tracks from the 60’s.  Pin Ups contains classic songs from The Who, a lesser known track from Pink Floyd’s most underrated era, a Kinks track for the ages, and some lesser-known bands that I probably would have never been turned onto otherwise such as The Pretty Things and The Easy Beats.  All of these things fused with the Bowie twist means it is a sure-fire instant eargasm.

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Top Ten Thursday: Break-up Songs So Good You Might Want To Break-up Just to Get the Full Effect

candy heart, funny, humorous

For some reason we decided to list the top ten break-up songs the same week as Valentine’s Day.  This is awfully cynical, but most relationships do end up in a break up, so deal with it.  The discussion on which songs should make the list was uncharacteristically emotional for a LxL meeting, and ended with Wes quite sore over several subjects and Todd reduced to a puddle of salty-teared emotion.  The end list did end up quite interesting though, with several classics, and a fair bit of 90’s girl pop.  Let’s see if I can give all these songs justice without crying into my ice cream. 

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