Top Ten Thursday: The 10 Best Modest Mouse Songs

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Next Tuesday, March 17th,  marks the long-awaited return of Modest Mouse, who will release their first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves. So to mark the return of the barking Washington band, here are our 10 favorite Modest Mouse songs.
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10 Best TV On the Radio Songs

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TV On the Radio is one of our most beloved bands here at LxL, and they just released their fifth studio album which we reviewed here yesterday. With that, comes “the list treatment”. TVOTR has been a staple of independent music for over a decade now. In that time they have released arguably two of the greatest rock albums of all time (Return to Cookie Mountain, Dear Science). A song from each album (and an EP) aside from 9 Types of Light (which I personally love, but is not loved by many) has made it onto this list. Which really shows the strength of their entire catalog in our eyes. After the sad and early departure of their former bassist Gerard Smith (pictured above smiling brightly in the middle), they have found themselves transforming and adapting into new territories, but never sacrificing quality. Wes wrote more on their new album yesterday which you can find here, and if you are into a bit more reading on the band, NPR wrote another magnificent perspective on them and their new album which you can find here. And if you are still interested in reading more, here is our list:
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Top Ten Anti-Establishment Songs

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We at LxL don’t like seeing anyone pinned down by “the man”, so we wanted to repost this list in honor of the current events in Ferguson, MO. This list was originally put together during our governments shut down in early 2014, so it may be more relevant for that type of situation rather than what is currently going on, but we find it fitting for both. As always, let us know what we missed out on:
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The 10 Best Spoon Songs

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As I mentioned yesterday while reviewing their newest album They Want My Soul, Spoon is one of the more consistently good bands in modern music. They are never going to blow you away, but they will surely always satisfy. This is what made it slightly difficult, yet at the same time, somewhat easy to construct this list. A lot of Spoon songs fall on the same plane. Nonetheless, we did what we could, and here is what we came up with for our top ten favorite Spoon tracks:

10. “The Underdog”

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Top Ten Thursday: Best Albums of the Third Kind

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In September of 2011, Wes, Austin, and I took a Facebook thread that we used to vent and express our opinions on current music to each other, and transferred it to this music blog. For some reason, people decided to read what we wrote. Now two years later we are still doing it. Typing out our thoughts on albums, describing our favorite songs as of recent, and making these lists on a weekly basis has become a part of our lively routine. So we thank all of you that are actually reading these posts of mindless musical dribble for making our opinions seem as if they actually matter. Now, as is tradition, we will celebrate with a list. In our debut list, we gave you our favorite debut albums. Approaching our second year, we made the sophomore albums list. Now as we approach our third year, we present to you this week’s list: our favorite albums of the third kind. Simply put, this is a list of what we consider to be the best third album put out by any band or artist. Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy:

10. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
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Top Ten Thursday: Masters Of Originality

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With the release of Nine Inch Nail’s new album, as well as the random tracks that artists like M.I.A. and TV On The Radio have been dropping lately, we thought the topic of original artists was a good thing to focus on this week. Artist in particular that unmistakably have their own sound. Vocally, musically, production-wise; upon the first moment you hear it, you know who it is. Something that didn’t exist prior to, and something that even if attempted to be replicated, it has not happened in the same fashion since. In this respect, artists such as The Beatles or Led Zeppelin (who were extremely original for their time but have been copied a billion times over) don’t exactly qualify. Naturally this lends itself to be a very current list, but we would love to hear any arguments as to what we missed. Now onto the list of what we find to be the most uniquely original artists in music:
10. Mystikal
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Top Ten Thursday: Daft Punk’s Best Tracks

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If you follow us at all, you have probably figured by now that this list was inevitable. Our month-long love fest for Daft Punk is now wrapping up, so here we are. We determined this list by all randomly creating our own lists and then normalizing those three lists into one master. We have done this before, and most of the time our lists are drastically different from one another. Not the case for this one. It was a pretty clear cut top ten aside from each of our own misses. One surprising note (or maybe not so surprising depending on how you look at it) is that Discovery was the clear cut album favorite, pulling away with five victories and one miss. Now onto the list:

 

10. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

Infectious is a word that I could use for each and every song description on this list. So I decided I’d just go ahead and blow it on the first one. One thing that makes this song so great is the way it sporadically breathes. It never totally lets loose instrumentally or lyrically. It’s like the vocals and the instruments go back and forth, battling for their own ground. The victory goes to the robots, for crafting such an infectious and fun dance tune that won’t wear you out.
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