Apocalypse NOW: The 10 Best Apocalyptic Tracks

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Editors note: This originally published in 2013. With the release of the new Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, we revisit one of our favorite lists, our ten favorite apocalyptic tunes.

We all love us some Edgar Wright (and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for that matter), so with the opening of The World’s End this weekend, we thought it appropriate to dig up the top ten apocalyptic songs.  A few words about The World’s End first though.  I am endlessly excited to see this movie, but it just has the worst title ever.  The title is not bad in and of itself.  It is descriptive.  It is succinct.  But unfortunately it is too similar to another apocalyptic comedy from earlier this summer (This Is The End) as well as a Pirates of the Caribbean poopcicle (At World’s End).  This obviously won’t effect the quality of the movie, but its a pet peeve of mine from a differentiation standpoint.

Now that all that is out of the way, enjoy these top ten tracks for the end of times.

10. Prince – “1999”

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The 10 Best Songs About Space

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Editor’s note: This post originally published in 2013.

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Little by Listen, where we explore deep into the galaxy for the best space songs of all-time. Alfonso Cuaron’s brilliant and frightening new film Gravity inspired this list, which got us thinking about the surprising surplus of great galactic tunes. So without further ado, our voyage begins.
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Secret Machines Retro Review: Now Here is Nowhere

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Let’s start the new year at LxL by rewinding the clock 10 years. In 2004, Dallas psych-rock band the Secret Machines released their full-length debut, Now Here is Nowhere, to very little fanfare, but the album stands out as one of the best albums of that year. The reason I have chosen to highlight this album is the recent passing of their lead singer and one of two brothers in the band, Benjamin Curtis, who died of a rare Lymphoma cancer on December 30th. So as a way of highlighting his career, I thought I would cover his best album. And that’s not a small statement for a man involved in 3 noteworthy bands, Tripping Daisies, the Secret Machines, and School of Seven Bells. So onto the album.
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MGMT Review Royale: MGMT

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We talked last week about our hatred for the dreaded mid-career self-titled reinvention album, and while MGMT’s latest fits the description, it does for a very different reason than most bands. While many bands try  to set the stage for a major label debut or try to reinvent themselves after a misstep usually going for a more commercial sound, the Brooklyn duo finds itself actually trying to brush off their commercial fame from their smash debut Oracular Spectacular and go for the sound they love: psychedelic, experimental rock reminiscent of early Pink Floyd. While I always commend a band for doing what they want rather than falling the whims of their audience, you need to at least be able to do what you want well, which MGMT fails miserably at.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Album Covers

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Album covers are an interesting thing. Some artists choose to not put a lot of time into them and just throw any old picture of themselves on there (Bob Dylan). Others try and go for the shock factor by being wildly offensive (Death Grips), while others either hire an artist or come up with a concept themselves. Storm Thorgerson was a graphic design artist responsible for some of the most legendary album covers of all time, including ones for Led Zeppelin, The Muse, Mars Volta, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel and most all of Pink Floyd’s album covers (yes, including the infamous prism cover for Dark Side of the Moon) as well as many more. Sadly, Storm passed away last week, and in his honor we bring you the following list. And no, our #1 has nothing to do with the fact that Storm designed it, we just love it that much. This list was fun because there are so many album covers we loved and wanted to include, but also hard because there are many albums we left off but wanted to include. I guess we will just have to do a sequel to this one some day. Onto the list:

10. The Strokes – Is This It
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One of the sexiest album covers of all time was actually banned in America soon after the albums release. Stupid American censorship laws really know how to put a damper on a good thing.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Psychedelic Albums of All Time

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With the music trend increasingly shifting back to psychedelic rock lately, we decided to put our heads together to come up with our favorite psychedelic rock albums of ever. Surprisingly enough, every album on our list was released pre-1979 except Wes’ miss. I guess 60’s and 70’s were just a bit more focused on keeping their listeners really high … high on serotonin levels that is … because everyone of these albums will keep you happy as a clam. Many modern psychedelic albums were considered; Black Mountain, Foxygen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala. In fact, Flaming Lips and Kurt Vile’s new albums were actually the inspiration. Nonetheless, the below are the albums we think best satisfies those moments you really just need a nice hit of psychedelics:
10. Moby Grape – Moby Grape
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Moby Grape’s debut album was an early forerunner to the groovy San Francisco vibes that we all came to know and love. Moby Grape is an often overlooked album, especially when considered how many folk psychedelic acts came to follow suite.
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Django Django Review: Django Django

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Django Django by Django Django: talk about the department of redundancy department. To make it even more amusing, they sound like the musical equivalent of Rango, the Johnny Depp-starred animated Western. Fortunately for the listener, the London indie rockers’ songs are full of everything beside Mumford and Sons-ish repetition. Their self-titled debut is 13 assorted and amusing psych pop songs that make for one of the major surprise albums and bands of 2012.
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