Mumford & Sons “Hopeless Wanderer” Music Video Will Make You Cry … From Laughter

Band: Mumford & Sons
Song: Hopeless Wanderer
Director: Sam Jones
Cast of Sons: Ed Helms, Will Forte, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis

Mumford & Sons Hopeless Wanderer, Music Video, jason, will, ed

We at LxL have done our lion’s share of Mumford & Sons bashing. Rightfully so, the band is a mess of beards, clothes from the 1800’s, and over-dramatic as well as blandly formulaic tunes. Which is exactly why their new music video for “Hopeless Wanderer” (another tune that so predictably follows the same writing pattern I discussed previously in this article) is actually incredibly on point. Don’t get me wrong, the song is still dreadful. But the fact that these hopeless wankers are actually able to poke fun at themselves a bit, really helps me swallow the fact that this overplayed garbage they saturate our ear holes with on a daily basis (because lets get real, it’s impossible to not hear one of their songs on the regular) is some of America’s most listened to music.
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Sasquatch 2013 Recap: Finding the Mythical Creature

Sasquatch 2013 Lineup Poster

Something magical happened to me this weekend. I found Sasquatch (or as we like to call it in the Midwest, Bigfoot). However, I am not talking about the mythical (or extremely real and terrifying) creature. I am talking about this glorious stage located on the beautiful gorge in George, Washington.

The Gorge, Sasquatch 2013
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Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup, new, lineup

The time has come for our favorite festival announcement of the year. If you’ve been following us for a while, I’m sure you’ve heard us gush over the glories of the Bonnaroo music festival on more than one occasion. If you are new to LxL and continue to follow us, I promise this won’t be the last you hear of it either. Today the full lineup was finally released. Rumors of Paul McCartney and and Wu-Tang Clan came true, while others such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fell short. One thing that I have found with music festivals is that each year the immediate reaction to an actual lineup announcement seems to be increasingly less exciting than the anticipation and wonderment of who will be there. Not that I am not excited about this year’s lineup, because I am, but I think that everyone’s expectations always seem greater than what they should be. This is mostly due to rumor-mills, fake posters, and people’s assumptions based on who is touring at the time, who is coming out with and album this summer, or who recently had just toured. All that to say, there certainly exists some major disappointments such as the lack of Jack White (again), no Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and no sight of Thom Yorke’s new collaboration Atoms for Peace.

Regardless, here we have it. A mix’n’match of hot new indie artists, some interesting solo/duo combinations, a few rarities, and some classic big guns. Let’s break this lineup down in a Bonnaroo 2013 pre-cap:
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2013 Grammy Recap: Some (Constructive) Criticism

2013 Grammy Award Recap

Another February, another silly Grammy award show. Yes, in the past, we have made a pretty stated point to rip on the most irrelevant of the major award shows, whether it be our Ten Worst Grammy Offenses list, our Ten Worst Grammy Song Winners, or even my Grammy recap last year. But we do try to make a point on this blog to stay away from ragging on everything (though I’m sure we have slipped up a time here and there), so for this year’s Grammy recap, I will try to only give “constructive criticism”. Consider this my letter to the Grammy committee telling them how to make the show better. More of this, less of that. That sort of thing. So without further ado, my (constructive) criticism of the 2012 Grammy’s.
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This NOT That: Defeating Relentless Radio-play

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The car that I have recently been driving these days unfortunately does not have a good way to play an iPod. Thus, I have gotten back in the routine of listening to the radio a bit more regularly. And I use the word routine very intentionally. Radio stations are nothing if not routine. They have simply just become a cesspool of the same stinking few songs with their insignificantly tiny and terrible playlists. It is hard to find any sort of real variety or anything of real substance on the air at all. Although this does come in handy when I am in my Ke$ha, T-Swift, Katy Perry moods (which let’s face it, I’m always in the mood for these ladies), the rest of my times on the radio seem to be confusing and frustrating. Even classic rock stations have such small playlists, that it makes them unbearable to listen too regularly. So, in an effort to rid us of these stale, repetitive tunes, I will now direct my frustrations into another segment of “This NOT That”.

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Mumford & Sons Review: Babel

Mumford & Sons

Babel

Mumford & Sons, Babel Cover Art, album cover

So I listened to Mumford & Sons’ new album Babel last night. Then I put their first album on just to verify my initial analysis which is that they are extremely similar, only to find I was wrong. They are not only extremely similar, they are the exact same album. I know the fans out there will not heed this warning, but trust me on this, if you’ve heard the first album, you’ve heard the second as well. Almost track for track, you could break this album down into twelve songs filled with a clutter of quickly strummed and openly-tuned guitars, banjos, and a thumping kick drum that sound exactly like the last twelve songs filled with quickly strummed and openly-tuned guitars, banjos, and a thumping kick drum of the last album. If you think that last sentence was redundant you should listen to Babel. Or watch The Hangover 2. Or watch any two Michael Bay movies.
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