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Television

boob tube: “campus ladies” and “the shield” edition

The following is an FOJ (Friends Of Jefitoblog) Television Alert! First: Our good pal Amir Talai will be starring in Campus Ladies, the new...

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Music

2005: the year that was, part one

I wasn’t going to do one of these “year in review” things — they’re a lot of work and nobody ever agrees with...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

When New Wave Happens to Older Artists – Donna Summer

Things weren’t really happening for Donna Summer in 1980. The Queen of Disco and the sound she and producer Giorgio Morodor ushered...

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Music

bootleg city: big star, “what’s goin’ ahn”

Hey, hey, it’s Big Star Day here in Bootleg City! Presented for your downloading pleasure: What’s Goin’ Ahn, twenty-three...

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Music

listening booth: bill janovitz and buffalo tom

Hey, any Buffalo Tom fans out there? I’ve never been the most passionate of fans — and my favorite BT album is Big Red Letter...

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Music

listening booth: anthony hamilton, “ain’t nobody worryin’”/bill withers, “just as i am”

Anthony Hamilton – Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ (2005)purchase this album After a long string of nowhere deals and...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Bonus Lost B-sides: Duran Duran & Kissing the Pink

“Secret Oktober”, the flip side of Duran’s “Union of the Snake” is truly a buried gem, a song that would...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Styx

One of the most polarizing features of jefitoblog, I think, is my tendency to give more-or-less equal time to music I hate. Lotsa music...

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Music

the complete idiot’s guide to styx

One of the most polarizing features of jefitoblog, I think, is my tendency to give more-or-less equal time to music I hate. Lotsa music...

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Music

listening booth: clap your hands say yeah, “clap your hands say yeah”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)purchase this album The critical consensus I’m hearing seems to point...

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Music

listening booth: clap your hands say yeah, “clap your hands say yeah”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)purchase this album The critical consensus I’m hearing seems to point...

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Music

listening booth: “our new orleans,” “higher ground”

Various Artists – Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast (2005)purchase this albumVarious Artists – Higher Ground...

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Music

listening booth: “our new orleans,” “higher ground”

Various Artists – Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast (2005)purchase this albumVarious Artists – Higher Ground...

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Music

bootleg city: squeeze, “west side story”

Now here’s a band we haven’t discussed yet — Squeeze. Today’s Bootleg City consists of live cuts from 1980 and...

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Music

listening booth: beckley-lamm-wilson, “like a brother”

Beckley-Lamm-Wilson – Like A Brother (2000)purchase this album One of the commenters on our look at Dennis Wilson’s Bamboo...

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Music

listening booth: beckley-lamm-wilson, “like a brother”

Beckley-Lamm-Wilson – Like A Brother (2000)purchase this album One of the commenters on our look at Dennis Wilson’s Bamboo...

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Music

listening booth: the bodeans, “joe dirt car”

The BoDeans – Joe Dirt Car (1995)purchase this album They seemed poised to make the jump on several occasions, but Waukesha’s...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Nick Lowe, Part Two

When last we left Nick Lowe — at the end of Part One last week — he was mired in a sales slump and battling the bottle. After...

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Music

bootleg city: georgia satellites, “the myth of love!”

To many people, they’ve never been more than a hokey novelty act, but I am in no way ashamed to admit that I fell in love with the...

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Music

listening booth: radney foster, “see what you want to see”

Radney Foster – See What You Want to See (1999)purchase this album As the bespectacled half of the late-’80s country duo Foster...

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Music

listening booth: radney foster, “see what you want to see”

Radney Foster – See What You Want to See (1999)purchase this album As the bespectacled half of the late-’80s country duo Foster...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost B-sides Week: Thomas Dolby "The Wreck of the Fairchild"

One of Thomas Dolby’s earliest singles (even before THAT song, I believe) was the incredible “Airwaves,” a song I think...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost B-Sides Week: Echo & the Bunnymen "Rollercoaster"

“Rollercoaster” was the b-side of the Bunnymen’s most aggressive stab for a U.S. hit, the immortal “Lips Like...

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Music

the complete idiot’s guide to nick lowe, part one

Doesn’t look like the godfather of punk, does he? Well. Maybe not the godfather, but perhaps a kindly uncle. Either way, Nick...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost B-Sides Week: Tears for Fears "Wino"

One of the joys of scrounging through sorely neglected vinyl bins in used record shops is stumbling across something that you didn’t...

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Books

bookshelf: nicole krauss, “the history of love”

Nicole Krauss, The History of Love (2005)purchase this book The grass was slippery with mud. In the distance I could see a rowboat tied to...

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Music

bootleg city: dennis wilson, “bamboo”

Dennis Wilson – Bamboo Here it is, as promised: Dennis Wilson’s second and final solo album, the unreleased Bamboo. And...

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Music

listening booth: dan penn & spooner oldham, “moments from this theater”

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham – Moments from This Theater (1999)purchase this album Spring, 1999: I’m at Slim’s, in San...

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Music

listening booth: tommy keene, “ten years after”

Tommy Keene – Ten Years After (1996)purchase this album Power pop: It’s a genre close to my heart, and yet one not often...

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Music

listening booth: scott stapp, “the great divide”

Scott Stapp – The Great Divide (2005)purchase this album Fight Song (download)You Will Soar (download)...