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I Know I’m Feeling Better

Back before Spotify was the end of all physical music, it was curiosity (“holy shit, I get every song ever for $10 a month? This is never going to work”) and a fledgling social network. Vestiges of this still exist, but it was once much more user-focused; send songs, share playlists, see what people wereContinue reading “I Know I’m Feeling Better”

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There’s probably a word in German for this

I love to hear my friends and family describe episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Writing online in 2021 means coating every sentence in obfuscation and irony, but I mean this sincerely. The people in my life who enjoy Curb Your Enthusiasm really seem to get a lot of joy from it, and I like toContinue reading “There’s probably a word in German for this”

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Perfect Song Friday – Tescoland

Perfect Song Friday is a recurring feature in which a perfect song is highlighted on Friday. If you would like to suggest a song for Perfect Song Friday, please start your own blog. This Friday’s Perfect Song: Jamie T’s “Tescoland” An admission up front: The most perfect version of the song is the version withoutContinue reading “Perfect Song Friday – Tescoland”

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Golf – Basketball – Coronavirus – Books About Crime

I told a friend, partially in jest at the time but as I reflect on it there’s a lot more truth to it than I first thought, that these four topics are the only things I read about online. This friend told me that, surely, there must be a website that speaks to these nicheContinue reading “Golf – Basketball – Coronavirus – Books About Crime”

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Man of Constant Sorrow

First point: Please vote Stephen Root into the Hall of Fame. I am agnostic abut which one, but he belongs in one of them. Second point: I’ve been a bit swamped at work / in grad school the last two weeks and, as a result, I have been listening to almost nothing except Yasmin Williams’Continue reading “Man of Constant Sorrow”

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Niche 90s Alt-Rock Songs That Are Better Than “You Get What You Give,” Ranked

People love this song! People love this song and they love “Steal My Sunshine” by Len and both of these songs are medium at best. I do not really want to “yuck” people’s “yum,” it’s very nice that this song has special resonance for the President and his family, and if you like the songContinue reading “Niche 90s Alt-Rock Songs That Are Better Than “You Get What You Give,” Ranked”

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The dumbest shit I bought this week

A desk planner This would perhaps not be so dumb if not for a global pandemic that has ground all social gatherings to a halt, but even then the internet would still have made desk planners obsolete for all but the most fanciful, Wes Anderson-ass individuals. Friend, I am one such person. Look for myContinue reading “The dumbest shit I bought this week”

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A brief missive about live music

I’m listening to Legendary Wings as I type this, a band I discovered back when I was consistently writing reviews for Punknews in the early aughts and had access to demos and streams from unknown and underground bands on the regular (as opposed to now, when I just fuck around on Bandcamp and have theContinue reading “A brief missive about live music”

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I’m a George Saunders Guy now

Full disclosure, I’m still working out exactly what “being a George Saunders Guy” means. I’m sure I’m not the first person to decide to be this type of guy and I can’t be certain that there isn’t an overlap between “George Saunders Guy” and “Serious Literature Guy,” but the thing is I don’t want toContinue reading “I’m a George Saunders Guy now”

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A Rundown of my thoughts upon discovering that gorillias have contracted Covid-19

Well, I guess that makes sense. Wait, what do you mean “that makes sense?” Why would that “make sense?” I mean, gorillas are close relatives to humans, right? Evolution and such? I mean, sure, evolution, a concept we are clearly very informed on and prepared to discuss, obviously evolution, sure. How does a gorilla evenContinue reading “A Rundown of my thoughts upon discovering that gorillias have contracted Covid-19”

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Joyce Manor songs, Ranked

Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is the one, but there’s no denying the band has hits. Shout out to their cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star” which is rivaled only by this Copyrights cover in terms of it’s ability to surpass the original. If you don’t see your favorite JM songContinue reading “Joyce Manor songs, Ranked”

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Five Good Songs – Janglin’ in Canada

It seems obscene in 2021, but back in the Before Times (I’d say, roughly, any time up until 2010) it was not uncommon to make mix tapes / mix CDs / playlists for people and expect them to listen to them. I don’t expect you, faceless reader / member of my family / one ofContinue reading “Five Good Songs – Janglin’ in Canada”

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Thomas Jane Lookin’ Like Shit

The Expanse is a hard sci-fi show full of space politics, ship fights, worm holes, alien races and all the other swashbuckling cowboy dork shit you would expect from a fan-favorite genre show. As a dweeb myself, I’m into all of this stuff (your protomolicules, your Martian arms dealers, your weird asteroid belt people patois),Continue reading “Thomas Jane Lookin’ Like Shit”

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Songs from Peppa Pig’s “My First Album,” Worst to First

Looking back 50 years from now, should I be so lucky to still be looking in any direction at all, I will remember 2020 as, first and foremost, the year my daughter grew to love My First Album by Peppa Pig. Surely, this had the biggest impact on my life, more so than any otherContinue reading “Songs from Peppa Pig’s “My First Album,” Worst to First”

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Some Supervillain Shit in the Local Paper

A couple of snap reactions to this article in the Inquirer: I’m not saying that “futurist” isn’t an honorific that people can be worthy of. I am saying that if one calls themselves a “futurist,” the only reasonable reaction is eye-rolling, hand-jacking-off motion skepticism. Should the “futurist” prove to be an actual “futurist,” through whateverContinue reading “Some Supervillain Shit in the Local Paper”

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A decidedly not-very-helpful review of “Such a Fun Age”

Without having done the research, I feel safe in the assumption that there are phenomena that occur in any minor or major city in America, and occur commonly and with consistent regularity that, due to my living only in Philadelphia, are categorized in my mind as “Philly things;” quirks and character traits unique to thisContinue reading “A decidedly not-very-helpful review of “Such a Fun Age””

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A Long List of Things I Will Eventually Fail At

But, look, the failure isn’t the point. You go in knowing you’re going to fail and you make the list anyway. THAT’s the point. For 2021, my big new year’s resolution is to, by the end of the calendar year, be in the best shape of my adult life. There are several caveats in thatContinue reading “A Long List of Things I Will Eventually Fail At”

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Last Year’s Resolutions, 2020 edition

I’ve never read any Camus so I can’t speak with any authority on the notion of absurdist philosophy. What I can say is that the myth of a man doomed to roll a boulder up a hill, only for the boulder to fall back down upon him no matter how high or hard he pushesContinue reading “Last Year’s Resolutions, 2020 edition”

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Canadian Exporting Business Continues

I can’t say for sure whether The Mark Vodka Group’s ST LP is a great garage-punk record or simply the most recent garage-punk record I’ve listened to, but I can say that it has just enough Ramones in its Jay Retard to convincingly carry a song called “Everybody’s Punk Now.” Elsewhere, there’s the speed-freak kiss-popContinue reading “Canadian Exporting Business Continues”

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New Year, New Me (Listening to Goth Music)

I’ve promised myself that I’ll get back into record reviews as opposed to “here is some free association bullshit that crosses my mind upon first hearing a record,” but it’s a holiday weekend and I’m playing Ghost of Tsushima as I write this, so it’s going to be the latter and not the former today.Continue reading “New Year, New Me (Listening to Goth Music)”

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Perfect Song Friday: THAT’S THAT

It took some time to come up with an MF DOOM song that fit the constructs of what this blog considers to be a “perfect” song. Including DOOM here at all, in any context that strives to catalog perfection, frankly feels antithetical to his entire enterprise. DOOM was the ultimate supervillain and as such wasContinue reading “Perfect Song Friday: THAT’S THAT”

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Deranged Pervert Behavior Tracker

This post serves to track instances of deranged pervert behavior encountered in life, both physical and online. Names and specifics will be excluded where at all possible, elaboration provided only in circumstances that warrant it. Please update your bookmarks and check back periodically to remain current on instances of deranged pervert behavior that may beContinue reading “Deranged Pervert Behavior Tracker”

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It’s Friday, Here are Five Good Songs

Happy weekend, y’all. Think we’re going to go get a Christmas tree on Saturday and I’m video-calling an old friend on Sunday. Might golf, too, if the sun decides to come out. Here are five songs I suggest you listen to this weekend. 1) Nate Dionne – “Beat” (from Love is Always Worth It) StartsContinue reading “It’s Friday, Here are Five Good Songs”

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In Praise of The Radio (or the “Radio” feature within Bandcamp’s app, at least)

So my kid’s daycare has been closed down due to a Covid scare. Meagan is more or less unavailable from 8:30 until 3 so that means it’s me and the toddler from breakfast until nap time. To make all this work, I’ve gotten into the habit of getting up early to get some work inContinue reading “In Praise of The Radio (or the “Radio” feature within Bandcamp’s app, at least)”