Five Songs About Shoes Better Than "Christmas Shoes"

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Nancy Sinatra Gives You the Boots!
Last Saturday was St. Nicolas' Day, an important day for Catholic children where, after leaving their shoes out at night, they awaken to find them filled with candy and gifts. As fun as the tradition is, when most hear the word "shoes" around the holiday season, the first song that comes to mind is the emotionally manipulative "The Christmas Shoes."

Being we at the Weekly don't want to ruin your day by bumming you out with the mere mention of "The Christmas Shoes," we've assembled this list of songs about footwear that are far superior. These are our Better Songs About Shoes for Christmas.


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Top Five Toxic Tunes from Troma Entertainment's 40 Years

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Troma President Lloyd Kaufman's Hands-On Directing Technique
This year marks landmark independent film studio Troma Entertainment's 40th anniversary. Responsible for such worldwide cult classics as The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke 'Em High, they've been both on the cutting edge and in the backdoor of indie cinema for four decades.

Along with fiercely self-sufficient production and distribution of their one-of-a-kind films, they've both successfully ventured into the world of Saturday Morning cartoons and were the first film studio to both have a website and take full advantage of the extras capability of DVD technology. Not one to coast off of past successes, they've recently shot their Halloween Carol short in the YouTube Space New York Studio, staying at the front of the new Tromatic technology.

It's in celebration of 40 years of Troma, and their commemorative Blu-Ray releases of The Toxic Avenger and Blood Sucking Freaks, that we countdown our five favorite Tromatic theme songs.

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R.I.P. Jaws: A Memorial Playlist For Actor Richard Kiel

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Richard Kiel in Happy Gilmore
Last week the film world mourned the loss of one of its most memorable giants. Richard Kiel, best known as beloved James Bond henchman "Jaws" and more recently as nail-headed construction foreman Mr. Larsen in Happy Gilmore, died in Fresno, California at the age of 74. A big man with a heart to match, Kiel remained active in his career both acting and delighting generations of fans as conventions coast-to-coast. It is in tribute to one of our favorite actors we present our Richard Kiel memorial playlist.


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The Best Back to School Hip-Hop Jams

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Soulja Boy cares about your education.
It's the week after Labor Day and that means students coast-to-coast are heading back to school! While education is important, the end of summer and the return of homework may be seen as a downer for some. Fortunately, there's plenty of tunes to change your perspective and get you ready to reunite with friends and get some learning in. In the name of your own educational benefit, we're happy to bring you list of the Best Back to School Hip-Hop Jams

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Our Labor Day Playlist

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Labor Day weekend is upon us. Yes, just as your sunburn finally healed and you've mastered the art of grilling, summer's on the way out. Whether this means a return to school, yardwork or regular television watching for you, this weekend marks the last party to ensure this summer goes out with a bang. That in mind, here's our Labor Day playlist.

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HARD Summer 2013 Playlist: Tracks From the Five Acts You're Not Allowed to Miss

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Fans at HARD Summer 2012
The largest electronic dance music festival in LA returns to downtown's Los Angeles Historic Park this weekend on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th. The sold out sixth annual installment of HARD Summer will feature performances from today's leading EDM artist and hip-hop performers such as, Knife Party, Justice (DJ Set), a Duck Sauce reunion, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun live performance, 2 Chainz, Green Lantern, Zedd, Crystal Castles, Baauer, and Dillon Francis. Thousands of festival goers sporting their freshest festival steeze, favorite DJ shirts and little to no clothing will invade downtown as they indulge in their favorite music while overlooking the majestic LA skyline.

Accompanying the festival is the official after party held at Exchange LA, the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building turned nightclub for those wanting to keep the party going past midnight. The 21-and-over event will also feature sounds by Destructo (aka Gary Richards the festival founder) and friends. This years festival line-up features one of the most stacked ever, with everything from electro, house, dubstep, trap, deep house and techno to satisfy your EDM pallet. In an effort to get you pumped for the weekend we put together a short playlist of tracks and artist you may not be as familiar with, but we recommend should be on your radar this weekend. So crank up your speakers and groove along with us because we can't wait to party HARD with you!

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Five Protest Songs For Long Beach Ice Cream Men Who Might Have to Stop Playing Music From Their Trucks

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Sundae Bloody Sundae

You might not know it, but the rights of ice cream men everywhere are slowly melting away. The city of Long Beach appears to be joining the ranks of Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Santa in restricting, even prohibiting ice cream men from playing music from their trucks to attract children. During tonight's Long Beach City Council meeting, councilman Dee Andrews plans to ask his colleagues to support an effort to ban operators of ice cream trucks from playing amplified music and is asking city attorneys to draft an ordinance that would require ice cream truck operators to comply with the city's noise ordinance and prevent the playing of any music when the trucks are parked and the operator is vending ice cream.

He says the music coming from the trucks on a daily basis has become a nuisance in the mid-city area of Long Beach. The question is, are the city's ice cream men going to allow their business to take such a serious licking? We think not. In fact, while there's still time, we're hoping a few bold cone merchants will ditch "Turkey in the Straw" for a day or two and blare some protest jams that will definitely send a message that they're sticking it to the man.


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Our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday Playlist

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Allow Meek Mill to get it crackin' at your house party before Lent
That's right, folks, it's Mardi Gras. The day before Lent kicks off with the solemn Ash Wednesday, when absurdly excessive partying hits its absolute peak. Of course, whether you're a Catholic or not, Fat Tuesday is a fantastic excuse to cut loose and have the absolute most fun one can have on a Tuesday. To assist you in said partying, we at the Weekly have assembled a selection of songs to bring the best from Rio to New Orleans into your pre-Lenten celebration. Here's our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday playlist! More »

Tommy Gun Tunes: A Playlist for Gangstas and Gangsters

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Sean Penn acting pretty Gangsta in Gangster Squad

Today, the highly anticipated gangster movie Gangster Squad hits theaters. The film, which will hopefully usher in a resurgence in classic gangster period pieces, promises that classic shoot 'em up action with a sleek new style. Of course, in honor of the occasion, we at the Weekly feel compelled to drop some gangsta shit! So, to prep you gangsters and gangstettes on the way to the theater, here's our official Gangster Playlist.

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You're A Sinner! Six Songs You Can Tebow To

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Tebowing 
So you missed church on Sunday because you were too hungover to get up and think straight. Dude, you missed the wrong day to attend.  No matter what your vice is, there is hope for you yet. Through hip-hop, glam rock, Southern rock and even hardcore, you can listen to positive songs to help you get on the right path. Here are six songs that you can Tebow to. Choose your poison wisely. More »
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