Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
February 9, 2014
St. Louis, MO
Isbell and wife, Amanda Shires, performing “Mutineer”
This review is coming in a little late for my tastes, but no one ever said “Timeliness is next to Godliness”. The good news is I capped off my beer consumption at 3-4, so my mind is sparkly clear even three weeks later. So at long last, here is my written account of Jason Isbell live.
There is plenty to not like about the Olympics this year. Seeing as it is a winter Olympics, the airwaves will be dominated by figure skating. It will be tough to see much of the good stuff live. And this year, the Olympics take place in weird, backward Russia.
The problem with Olympic theme songs is two-fold. First, the artists chosen are typically pop junk. Second, it would be a much better strategy to re-purpose great existing songs rather than commission artists to write brand new songs for the tradition. These songs are all equally terrible, and the worst among the many failed attempts by the Olympic higher-ups to get hooked on an outdated tradition. Enjoy and let us know what we missed.
5. Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado – “Bang the Drum”
“Bang the Drum” is like something you would hear on the downward spectrum of contemporary Christian radio. The fact that a song this terrible was greenlit for the 2010 Olympics, and put together by such accomplished artists (yes, I love Bryan Adams) is a major fail on the part of everyone involved.
Apparently there has been a big stink about the NFL going after bars and restaurants for advertising “Super Bowl” parties, as well as anyone having “Super Bowl” specials at their respective businesses. The NFL has a pigskin-sized object lodged so far up their ass, they insist on controlling any iteration of the phrase “Super Bowl”. Well, screw you NFL. LxL will not succumb to your tyrannical ways. This is our Top Ten list: Super Bowl Edition. This is not the most proper top ten list. Instead, we decided to take the top 5 most notable bands from Denver and Seattle, and have them square off to see who achieves supremacy in the musical realm. Denver’s list is so weak we even allowed for bands from the entire state of Colorado in an attempt to even the playing field. So without further ado, here are the matchups and the winners.
The Starting Lineup
John Denver (Denver) vs. Bing Crosby (Seattle)
This just looks like the worst movie of 2013.
A couple weeks ago we listed our top ten movies of 2013. With watching all the Oscar contenders, I have movies on the old brains. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to music soon, but I wanted to share some disappointments, or general disagreements I had with the public at large on several 2013 movies. Overall, I would say it was one of the best years in movies in recent memory. Just the fact that films like Rush, The Spectacular Now, Dallas Buyer’s Club and Catching Fire didn’t crack our list yesterday in any form says a lot about the overall slate of great releases this year. But with the good comes much bad. Not all of the movies on this list are terrible; I just have a patent problem with either the film itself or generally what is being said about it. Please note these views are mine alone.
Saving Mr. Banks
This movie sucked the absolute joy out of Mary Poppins. I can only postulate that the above average views the Mr. Banks received were due to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson being involved. On top of that, this is probably the one and only time I have wished a movie was more formulaic. Instead we got a P.L. Travers lousy with daddy issues and making everyone’s life a living hell because of it. On top of being a drag, the parallel storylines had almost nothing in common to tie them together. Good riddance and I pity any child who had to sit through this film thinking they were getting a magical bit of Disney fun.