The 5 Most Thankful Songs For Thanksgiving!

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LxL is taking a short hiatus for the upcoming holiday weekend, but before we go we wanted to give thanks for our favorite songs that also happen to give thanks in their own right. Because this is not a Top Ten Thursday post, we decided to keep things short and sweet with five solid tracks in this edition of Weak List Wednesday: Thanks!. We feel these tracks best represent the spirit of thankfulness, glorified gluttony, and pilgrims eating Native Americans … I mean pilgrims eating WITH the Native Americans … wait how’d that go? Anyways, onto the list:

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Best Led Zeppelin Songs

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Last week, Robert Plant released his tenth solo album since the disbandment of Led Zeppelin. In honor of this we thought we would highlight the man’s career by listing out our favorite songs from our favorite era of his career. This list is probably one of our more controversial list we have ever done. Led Zeppelin is not only universally adored by almost all music lovers, but they also have no bad songs. It is hard to find a single track of theirs that isn’t loved by someone, or that couldn’t make a greatest hits compilation. Nonetheless, we pushed forward and tried our best. So here it is, our favorite songs from one of the greatest bands of all time:

10. “For Your Life”

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Going, Going, Gone! Best “Grand Slam” Artists of All Time

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With people flooding baseball stadiums all over the country for their favorite teams opening day, we thought we would kick this season off with a grand slam list of our own. The rules were a bit tricky on this one, but we decided to pick artists that had four great albums in succession. Thus being the grand slam of their career. This idea was taken from music podcast Sound Opinions, who offered their favorite musical grand slams last year. Which is actually surprisingly more rare than one would think. A lot of great artists don’t even have four great albums to their name, let alone, four great albums in a row.  And when we say great, we mean damn near perfect! So this is our list in tribute for those who have accomplished such heights in the breath of their career. As always, feel free to give us your qualms:
10. Roxy Music
Roxy Music
The Grand Slam Albums:
For Your Pleasure (1973)
Stranded (1973)
Country Life (1974)
Siren (1975)
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Self-Titled Albums

Best Self-Titled Albums

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.
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Tale of Two Free Shows: Dan Deacon and Robert Plant

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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: Album Three Peats

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The great Chicago music podcast “Sound Opinions” had a really good baseball themed episode about music “Grand Slams”, where a band released four excellent albums in a row. While we won’t rip them off directly, since it’s the basketball playoffs, 2/3rds of LxL is in Chicago, and MJ won 2 three-peats, we thought we would give to you the best three-peats to start a career, or the top ten artists who started their career with three great-to-perfect albums. Not to mention Vampire Weekend just released their third and best album, making them a wonderful candidate for this three-peat list. So here we go.

 

10. TV On the Radio

The Albums: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, Return to Cookie Mountain, Dear Science
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In my opinion, the Brooklyn noise-rockers got severely underrated at 10. TV On The Radio released three of the best albums of the aughts, albums that howled, swooned, burned, and celebrated in front of their apocalyptic sound.
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The 5 Most Thankful Songs For Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, Turkey, day, holiday, thanks, pilgrims, native americans

LxL is taking a short hiatus for the upcoming holiday weekend, but before we go we wanted to give thanks for our favorite songs that also happen to give thanks in their own right. Because this is not a Top Ten Thursday post, we decided to keep things short and sweet with five solid tracks in this edition of Weak List Wednesday: Thanks!. We feel these tracks best represent the spirit of thankfulness, glorified gluttony, and pilgrims eating Native Americans … I mean pilgrims eating WITH the Native Americans … wait how’d that go? Anyways, onto the list:

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