Swan Songs: The 10 Greatest Farewell Albums In Rock

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Rock ‘n roll history is rife with bands that break up and reunite many years later only to release, well…not so great albums. But for some of the most iconic artists of all time, we’ve watched them burn out instead of fade away. Whether it’s due to the death of a prominent band member or tensions that led to the dissolution of the group, these artists just simply weren’t able to continue. And though they might have felt like abrupt endings at the time, the good news is that some of these groups ended on very high notes, releasing great albums – in some cases even putting out the best collections of their entire careers. From The Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana to The White Stripes, rock’s past is filled with examples of phenomenal artists releasing arguably their best work toward the end of their existence. Here’s a list of the 10 greatest farewell albums in rock history, records that signified the end of the bands, but the beginning of their legacies.

by (@unclegrambo)

The Top 29 British Musical Acts That Got Snubbed During The 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire,
Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):

Black Sabbath
Culture Club
The Cure
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
Duran Duran
Elton John (!!!)
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Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

50 Cent’s “I’m On It” Premieres; 50 Cent’s Tweets Confuse
“Man I’m not releasing a album i can’t believe interscope is this f?ked up right now. I apologize to all my fans,” 50 Cent tweeted late last night, before “I’m On It” surfaced on Soundcloud, ostensibly uploaded by 50 himself. But when he threatened to leak a Dr. Dre single (he didn’t) and then tweeted this afternoon, “I don’t know how I can record 41 song for my album and the one song I give interscope leaks,” he completely turned us around. Is it damage control for his self-leak? Is he throwing his weight around for a release date? Is this all a worked shoot? Who can tell? [Twitter]

Rihanna Helps United States Navy Prevent The Sinking Of Its Battleship
The trailer for next summer’s Navy-vs.-robot-alien-things blockbuster Battleship (yes, based on the board game) debuted today, featuring Rihanna as part of a task force investigating a bizarre disturbance in the Pacific. (Hint: it attacks them.) [Yahoo]
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Our Official Cinco De Mayo Drinking Playlist Will Help You Celebrate In Style Tonight

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today Americans across the country will celebrate the Mexican combat victory over the French in 1862 by getting plastered! And like musical sommeliers, we are here to pair the appropriate drinks with the appropriate music. Here’s how you should start your night?and how you should end it.

A shot of tequila (nothing too fancy but at least something middle-shelf) with salt and lime paired with The Ventures “Tequila”

This is tradition?at least, as much as any minor ethnic celebration recast as a major American drinking holiday can be said to have tradition. The bolder among you can try a Pee-Wee Herman (though it might be a little early in the night for that).

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