It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a skinny L.A. punk kid burst onto the scene calling himself a “Loser” in winking wangster fashion. From the start, Beck was always a pioneer at mixing genres but now looking back at his 20 year career, I’m not sure there is a bigger chameleon in rock music. Not only known for his shape-shifting, but I would argue that no artist has endured better from the 90’s (outside Radiohead) than Beck. So following our review royale of Beck’s latest Morning Phase, here are our 10 favorite Beck songs.
In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, we travel where film and music cross paths, namely music documentaries or rockumentaries. We have already listed our favorite fictional films about music, so now comes the true stories. When we met about this, we were disappointed with ourselves with how few music documentaries we all have seen, and more than anything, this list spurned us to get to watching more music documentaries. However, we did our best and gave you the best of what we know, which still made for a pretty strong list. Enjoy.
We try to stick to music around here, but when one of our all-time favorite actors dies far too soon, we must act. A quick look at the movies Philip Seymour Hoffman starred in is a murderer’s row of modern-day classics: Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, Magnolia, The Big Lebowski, Cold Mountain, Capote. Every movie Hoffman was in he nearly stole, no matter how small the part. In fact many of these roles on this list are smaller supporting roles. The fact of the matter is, he always seemed to be the most memorable character of any movie he was in. It was beautiful career, tragically cut short. Thanks for all great times PSH. Without further delay, our ten favorite Hoffman roles:
Film: The Big Lebowsk
Mr. Lebowski’s friendly but sensitive butler Brandt couldn’t have been played any better than by Hoffman, whose uncomfortable smiles and laughs build a great comedic tension.
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)