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.
So maybe Memorial Day is really to honor solely fallen servicemen and servicewomen in the United States. But we wanted to make a list of the top ten songs memorializing just about anyone to give us a little more to choose from. So whether it be a fallen loved one, fellow musician, fictional character or national figure, all songs about the deceased are fair game. So in the words of everyone’s favorite dead collector, “Bring out yer dead”.
Editor’s Note: This list was originally posted in 2012 for Memorial Day.
We at LxL have all been long-time fanboys of My Morning Jacket. They are up there with all three of our most-seen live acts, and we have traveled the country to see them in many different venues, and even solo members in different projects. From the red rocks of Denver, to their hometown of Louisville, to the allies and stadiums alike of New York. Hell, we have gone coast-to-coast, Florida to California to see these boys play, and not once have they disappointed. To this day, one of my favorite concerts I have ever seen was 3+ hour set in the latest hours of Bonnaroo, back in 2006. Nearly a decade after the release of their most polished, and arguably finest efforts (Z), they have released their 7th studio album, The Waterfall. So now we salute one of our all-time faves, about the only way we know how. Here are our top ten favorite MMJ tracks:
One year ago, LxL brought you our top ten albums of autumn, which we posted again this morning because we still feel it is a very strong list. Never ones to sit on our laurels though, we thought we could tackle the best songs of autumn, which is a much more convoluted conversation. Do we insist the song make mention to falling leaves, postseason baseball, or pumpkin patches? Do we go by feeling? We did exactly what we always do, which is whatever the hell we want.
Fall brings about a lot of different emotions, memories, and feelings for everyone. For Todd, Wes, and I, autumn is probably most closely tied to our rural Indiana upbringing, where hooded sweatshirts, Friday night football games, bonfires on the peninsula, and homecoming were the most important thing in our lives for years. Luckily our horizons have expanded, but that in no way taints the memories of humble beginnings. We are and will always be Midwesterners at heart, and these are a few of the songs that take us back to those glorious days. Enjoy our top ten songs of autumn, and as always remind us what we missed or errantly included. Continue reading “The 10 Best Fall Songs”→
Now that we are almost a month deep into 2014, and the dust has begun to settle on all the 2013 talk, we are ready to take a quick preview of things to come. All of these artists below are set to release albums in the upcoming year, and below are our most anticipated. As with all things in life, sometimes musical expectations just don’t meet reality. For instance, last year the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s were at #1 on the list. Then they also ended up #1 on our “Most Disappointing Albums of 2013” list as well. So as always, forgive us our blunders as they arise, and please feel free to let us know what you are excited about in 2014 as well. Onto the list:
10. Joanna Newsom
In 2014 Joanna will release her first album in 4 years. Now that she is married to Andy Samberg, I only hope to expect a mix of Joanna’s uniquely classical sounds blended with the nonsensical, over-produced gaudiness of The Lonely Island. Just kidding. Hopefully it is just classic, lovely Joanna. Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2014”→
As Jim James took the stage last Saturday night, I was overtaken by the nostalgic feeling that one gets when seeing an old friend for the first time in a while. The first time I’d ever seen the man perform live was My Morning Jacket’s epic 3+ hour performance at Bonnaroo in 2006. Since then, I have seen MMJ many more times, and have been hard pressed to find a better modern live act. Not surprisingly, both times I have seen Jim outside of his brothers of Kentucky outfit (which would be with Monsters of Folk and this solo show), he has only exceeded expectations to replicate the same live energy and endearment that fans are accustom to when he is in his usual element. Continue reading “Jim James Show Review”→
This was a particularly tough list to put together. On average, order one of our Top Ten lists takes about 45 minutes. Over an hour and a half into our last meeting, we still only had the top six ironed out for this one. We ended up just individually ranking the final eight candidates individually, and normalizing the results to select the final four on the list. It worked out though, and I didn’t even have to swan dive off my balcony, as I threatened several times throughout the meeting.
So let me tell you a little bit about our decision making process in selecting the top ten artists of the first decade of the new millennium. It was about as simple as weighing quantity and quality. To some degree, we also factored in the amount of lackluster material an artist had working against them. In the end, ever artist in the ten had at least three good to great albums during the decade. Painfully, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, and a few others didn’t have the consistent presence throughout the entire decade like most others on here and missed out. Also, great artists like Beck, Ryan Adams, Spoon, and Bright Eyes just missed out because while they had the quantity, their highs just weren’t quite as high as others on the list.
So there you have it. Enjoy the read, and as always let us know who me missed, left off, or mistakenly included.
10. The Strokes
The Strokes were one of those rare bands where the product lived up to all the hype preceding them. They produced some refreshingly honest pop music that ushered a whole new group of fans into “indie” music. Beneath the surface of The Strokes instantly accessible music were simple but perfect harmonies, taking them beyond what was expected of an early-20’s rock outfit in the early 2000’s. Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Best Artists of the Aughts (2000-2009)”→