The 10 Best Jock Jams

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With the first NFL game tonight, we thought we would kick things off with our top ten jock jams, our favorite songs for sporting events. While many music fans tend to be a bit mum on sports, not so with LxL. All three of us enjoy sportball on some level. So here are 10 of our favorite songs that get us amped up for the big game.
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LxListening: The Man With The Iron Trax

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crowe, movie, quentin tarantino Two weeks from today will
mark the glorious directorial debut of Wu-Tangs one and only RZA.
November 2nd, we will be hit hard by one of the most over the top
kung fu movies to be released in the US in many years,
The Man With the Iron Fists. Produced by
Quentin Tarantino and written by Eli Roth and RZA, it has an
instant draw if not only marked purely by curiosity. As over the
top as it comes off in the trailer, I can only imagine how
ridiculously awesome the entire hour and a half will be. Although
RZA is certainly no stranger to the film world, this is the first
time he has written or directed anything. The fact that it was
co-written by Eli Roth ensures maximum blood and gore. It should be
a real eye gauger. Perhaps the biggest bonus you get with having
RZA so heavily involved with a movie is that you are graced with a
killer soundtrack, and judging by the album’s full track list that
is exactly what we have here:

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Top Ten Thursday: Tarantino’s Ten Triumphs

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The writers here at LxL are unabashed fans of the collected works of Quentin Tarantino.  I watched Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction for the first time with Todd in his parent’s basement when we were far too young.  I saw both Kill Bill movies with Wes, one of which I’m certain we snuck into.  In addition, Inglorious Basterds set the bar for the revisionist history genre.

When I started hearing some details on his new project, Django Unchained, I encouraged Todd (who works in the pictures) to at least explore getting a position on the film.  Much to all our excitement, Todd started working on the L.A. production of Django Unchained last week, and can now be considered part of the inner circle of Hollywood elite.  A real Tinseltown treat Todd has become.  In all seriousness, it is effing awesome Todd got on this film, and made us want to revisit some of our favorite moments and Tarantino movies; in particular those that have iconic musical moments.

There are so many great scenes accompanied by great music in Tarantino’s movies, but we think we assembled a pretty good list here.  After Django Unchained is released we expect to have to shift around some of the rankings, but for now enjoy all the good clips and accompanying music.
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Sigur Rós Review Royale: Vivacious Vibes and Vendettas on Valtari

Sigur Rós
Valtari

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Todd’s Review:

Sigur Rós is one of the few bands that I seem to treat each first album listen as a theatrical release type of experience. Before I hit play, I make sure that I have a long enough block of time that I won’t have to be distracted by anything. No work, no eating, no phone calls, no driving. On my first listen it is always just me, my headphones and Sigur Rós. Each time it’s the same thing; extremely vivid scenes play out in my head through the entire album. Whether it is old memories or new images that my mind is creating, it is impossible for me not to dream as I listen to their music. I understand that a great deal of the abstractness related to Sigur Rós has to due with the fact that a majority of their fanbase doesn’t even understand the Icelandic language in which they sing, and I am no exception, but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that they are master composers of this age’s most beautiful songs. After a four year hiatus, we have been graced with another eight gorgeous tracks from what I believe to be one of the most stunning bands of our time.
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Top Ten Thursday: Jockin’ Jams

Well, it is mid-to-late March, which for a lot of people is quite maddening. By this of course I mean that it is the time of year to celebrate college basketball. And whether or not you care about basketball, or even sports in general, March Madness will affect your life in one way or another. Maybe it’s picking up the slack of the co-worker watching games on his computer all day, or maybe you skipped a few classes at school to catch the games and missed a pop quiz, or maybe you haven’t watched anything on television in 3 weeks other than college basketball due to your roommates obsession. Some how, whether you watch the games, or you don’t, it will affect your life. So here at LxL, we decided to celebrate by listing our favorite songs that have made their mark in the sport world. Whether it’s the college basketball court, the football field (American or European), or maybe the karate ring … here are the songs that will jam your jock:
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