Ah Labor Day. The last retreat for the summer before all hope is dashed and winter slowly creeps into our lives. It’s that last weekend for a big barbecue, hitting your pool (it seems like every pool on the planet closes on Labor Day), and kissing the summer goodbye.
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Fall is almost here; and with the fall comes a sense of dread among all kids, teens, and young adults alike: school has arrived. While the three of us at LxL are done with school (at least for now), that doesn’t mean we don’t like to reminisce a bit. This week we go with our ten favorite school songs with these two main criteria for the category: they couldn’t be about graduation (a list for another time), and they had to be about school or at least set in school with tons of references to it. This actually proved to be one of our most difficult lists to decide upon, as songs about school a lot more prominent in music history than we thought. So let’s take you back to school.
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So with yesterday being the Fourth of July, you may be a little America’d out – or maybe you are the type of person that never gets sick of the old red, white, and blue. Either way, we opted for a list that isn’t straight up American patriotic songs (that list will come another time), but still captures the American spirit. We opted to do the best songs about freedom and independence, which is what is really at the core of the Fourth of July – going way beyond any mushy nationalism. We figured this works for everyone, including our international readers as well. Plus, Todd hates America, so staying away from a straight up American list was in the blog’s best interest to keep him from quitting. So here are the ten songs we thought best instill the spirit and message of freedom.
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Boys & Girls
It has been a total of 7 days since the debut release of Athens, Georgia based band Alabama Shakes, but with the publicity and hype surrounding the album, you’d think they’ve been around forever. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that they sound like they have been around for forever. Honestly, this album could have been released in 1972 and you wouldn’t think anything different of it. It is arguably one of the most classic/timeless sounding albums that has been dropped since The Black Keys first hit the scene in 2002. Like I had already stated, the album has received much praise and hype in the past week, and it seems to be very warranted.
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