Inside Llewyn Davis, the soundtrack of which I reviewed yesterday, is a film about a struggling musician in Greenwich Village during the 1960′s. It is a very musical film, but not a musical. We decided it would be fun to create a top ten list of films of that same ilk. Not musicals. Not documentaries about musicians. Not concert films. But instead, films with an overall musical thread guiding the feature. Biopics were considered, because we all know there is plenty of fictionalized drama inserted into the majority of those type of films. This is a shockingly strong list covering music in many different forms. We have an all-time great mockumentary, a film about independent radio, and a couple movies about those who work in record stores. All in all, a very fun and diverse group of films. Enjoy, and as always let us know what we missed.
10. School of Rock
If you don’t love School of Rock, your heart has turned to stone. There are not many films that appeal equally to kids and adults, but School of Rock toes that line effortlessly in the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Kudos to Richard Linklater for stepping outside his indie comfort zone, as well as to Jack Black for providing the perfect central character for this romp.
To prepare you for the annual feast that is Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to give you the best songs about food and drink. Last week, Austin gave the amusing food list, and now I try to pick up the hot MIC with the drinks lists. Obviously, musicians tend to favor Grandpa’s Old Cough Medicine over other beverage options, but the list we came up with is wonderfully diverse, covering soda, coffee, juice, milk, and yes, a few adult beverages. Now, sit back, and drink in the ten best drink songs.
With the approach of Thanksgiving, we decided it appropriate to offer up a list of our favorite songs containing food and drink references. The pool of songs was way more impressive than we imagined, necessitating us splitting the list into two parts; the first highlighting food and the second focusing on drinks (check it out here). What we found, at least while putting together this first list, is that almost every song referencing food is either inherently silly or sexual in nature. We gravitated toward the sillier songs, so our apologies to Warrant for not recognizing their terrible strip club staple.
As a further note, since this list is of the less serious variety, I apologize for not giving too much legitimate information on the songs or artists that follow. I pretty much just free associated, and it felt right. Enjoy, and as always let us know what we missed or where we screwed up.
10. “Ham N’ Eggs” – A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest was almost as forward-thinking in their dietary decisions as they were in their jazz-influenced hip hop beats. “I don’t eat no ham n’ eggs, ’cause they’re high in cholesterol” are some words the LxL staff should heed a little more often to be completely honest. “Ham N’ Eggs” is jam packed with more than 25 soul food references. Yum!
No-shave November, Movember, Noshember … whatever you want to call it it all essentially means that November is the month that represents facial hair. To celebrate, we have listed out our favorite furry, beard-cladded bands. This done by rigorously calculating a ratio that was based off a of how badass the band is as well as how legit the beard-cladded members facial hair truly is. Here is what we came up with:
10. Fleet Foxes
The rock legend Lou Reed has died, and so we figured we would do what we do best to honor our favorites: give them the Top Ten Thursday treatment. If you missed our mini tribute, you can read that here, but if you prefer good writing, here are three of my favorite pieces from around the interwebs on Reed: Chuck Klosterman’s Grantland piece, Greg Kot’s obituary for the Chicago Tribune, and Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff’s piece for Gawker. For this list, we ended up with a pretty 50/50 split of Lou Reed solo toVelvet Underground songs, which makes sense since his best solo material lives up to Velvet Underground’s level of greatness. So without further ado, onto the list.