The 10 Best Fall Albums

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Wes’ old dog Slippers running through the fallen leaves.
-R.I.P. Slippers- (1989-2001)

 

Editor’s Note: This post originally published in 2012.

Yes, this is the same exact list we posted last year, but we were happy enough with it that we would like to remind everyone of our greatness.  Don’t worry though, look for a completely fresh fall-themed list this afternoon, but for now LxL would like to share what albums put us in that apple cider, leaves off trees, pumpkin picking/carving/eating, and brisk fresh air type of mood.

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Top Ten Thursday: The 10 Best Modest Mouse Songs

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Next Tuesday, March 17th,  marks the long-awaited return of Modest Mouse, who will release their first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves. So to mark the return of the barking Washington band, here are our 10 favorite Modest Mouse songs.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Albums of the Third Kind

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In September of 2011, Wes, Austin, and I took a Facebook thread that we used to vent and express our opinions on current music to each other, and transferred it to this music blog. For some reason, people decided to read what we wrote. Now two years later we are still doing it. Typing out our thoughts on albums, describing our favorite songs as of recent, and making these lists on a weekly basis has become a part of our lively routine. So we thank all of you that are actually reading these posts of mindless musical dribble for making our opinions seem as if they actually matter. Now, as is tradition, we will celebrate with a list. In our debut list, we gave you our favorite debut albums. Approaching our second year, we made the sophomore albums list. Now as we approach our third year, we present to you this week’s list: our favorite albums of the third kind. Simply put, this is a list of what we consider to be the best third album put out by any band or artist. Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy:

10. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
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Top Ten Thursday: Albums to the Tune of Autumn

Wes’ old dog Slippers running through the fallen leaves.
-R.I.P. Slippers- (1989-2001)

Yes, this is the same exact list we posted last year, but we were happy enough with it that we would like to remind everyone of our greatness.  Don’t worry though, look for a completely fresh fall-themed list this afternoon, but for now LxL would like to share what albums put us in that apple cider, leaves off trees, pumpkin picking/carving/eating, and brisk fresh air type of mood.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Covers Albums

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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

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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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Grouplove Review: Never Trust a Happy Song

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It has been just over one month since Grouplove released there debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, and finally, I am on board. The 2010 self-titled EP was given to me a while ago, but every once in a while, in these modern times of unyielding amounts of music coming at you in every direction, an EP or an album can get overlooked on an iPod that is flooded with a plethora of other new music, whether or not that music is more or less superior. Luckily NPR, as per usual (just to avoid any political offenses, I am referring to NPR Music. I don’t want to make a whole “thing” out of this) … as I was saying, NPR, as per usual had my back and prompted a quick listen to Grouplove when they were featured on their wonderful Tiny Desk Concerts podcast. They had also written a little blip about Grouplove, mentioning comparisons between lead singer Christian Zucconi and Kurt Cobain. No more time was wasted from here. I immediately immersed myself in Grouplove. And no, that last statement was not a Tobias Funke quote, it’s just what happened dammit. After watching the ‘cast, I quickly flipped on that EP, then immediately got my hands on the very album I am writing about today, the aptly named, Never Trust a Happy Song.
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