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listening booth: pat metheny, “one quiet night”

Pat Metheny – One Quiet Night (2003)purchase this album Not that I ever have what could rightly be described as a “rough...

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bootleg city: the cars, “learner’s permit”

When I was a kid, The Cars were a good, but majorly overplayed, pop band. Think “You Might Think.” Or “Magic.” Or...

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my girl is white, my game ain’t tight

Does anybody else remember this guy? It’s Fatlip, formerly of the Pharcyde, and his solo debut is finally coming out in a few weeks....

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listening booth: my morning jacket, “z”

My Morning Jacket – Z (2005)purchase this album Before listening to Z, everything I knew about My Morning Jacket had nothing to do...

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listening booth: john cale, “black acetate”

John Cale – Black Acetate (2005)purchase this album Aside from one time when I listened to a Velvet Underground album (and I...

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the complete idiot’s guide to jackson browne

How you feel about Jackson Browne probably depends largely on your level of appreciation for songcraft in general; if you’re the type...

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the waiting is the hardest part

If you’ve been searching for this week’s Guide, not to worry: It’s been written. Actually, it’s been written for...

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listening booth: shout out louds, “howl howl gaff gaff”

The Shout Out Louds – Howl Howl Gaff Gaff (2005)purchase this album I know, I know, I’m way behind the times on this; it was...

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listening booth: various artists, “i believe to my soul”

Various Artists – I Believe to My Soul (2005)purchase this album I’ve done it with increasing regularity this year, but I...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"S-s-s-se-ss-sex-sex-s-sex Crime-cr-cr-cr-cr-cri-crime"

Here’s a first – a pre-emptive Lost in the ’80s post to make up for a set of reissues that, while nice, will be missing...

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listening booth: charlie sexton, “cruel and gentle things”

Charlie Sexton – Cruel and Gentle Things (2005)purchase this album Charlie Sexton has been kicking around the business since 1985,...

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listening booth: depeche mode, “playing the angel”

Depeche Mode – Playing the Angel (2005)purchase this album I think songwriters do an important job. By taking the multitude of...

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bootleg city: jellyfish, “socrates, pathos, and plato”

Today’s detour into Bootleg City takes us to One Jellyfish Lane, the deserted doorstep of a band I dearly miss. The shifting crew of...

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songs I never get tired of listening to, vol. one

Beach Boys, “You Still Believe in Me” — from Pet Sounds (1966)purchase the album I just had a conversation about this...

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listening booth: tracy chapman, “where you live”

Tracy Chapman – Where You Live (2005)purchase this album My first reaction on seeing this was “Tracy Chapman still has a record...

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listening booth: tracy chapman, “where you live”

Tracy Chapman – Where You Live (2005)purchase this album My first reaction on seeing this was “Tracy Chapman still has a record...

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"don’t worry daddy, i’ll have her home at a respectable hour"

I’m not scared – I’ll come right out and say it. Rick Springfield is one of power pop’s unsung heroes and...

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listening booth: the click five, “greetings from imrie house”

The Click Five – Greetings from Imrie House (2005)purchase this album A few seconds into this album’s opening track,...

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listening booth: ryan shupe & the rubberband, “dream big”

Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband – Dream Big (2005)purchase this album “PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHopNewGrass.” That’s...

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listening booth: ryan shupe & the rubberband, “dream big”

Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband – Dream Big (2005)purchase this album “PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHopNewGrass.” That’s...

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listening booth: jack’s mannequin, “everything in transit”

Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit (2005)purchase this album A few frightening phrases which could be used to accurately...

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listening booth: jack’s mannequin, “everything in transit”

Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit (2005)purchase this album A few frightening phrases which could be used to accurately...

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odometer

According to SiteMeter (which hasn’t been running as long as the site’s been up, but whatever), this place registered its...

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the complete idiot’s guide to otis redding, part two

Here it is, at long last: The Graduate’s conclusion to the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Otis Redding. I’ll be doing next...

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gross-off: the batman limited edition cereal

You know, I’ve never cared much about Halloween. Even as a kid, the candy didn’t excite me as much as it did my friends —...

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listening booth: neil young, “prairie wind”

Neil Young – Prairie Wind (2005)purchase this album Since rebounding from a decade of mostly disastrous albums with 1989’s...

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listening booth: neil young, “prairie wind”

Neil Young – Prairie Wind (2005)purchase this album Since rebounding from a decade of mostly disastrous albums with 1989’s...

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listening booth: Franz Ferdinand, OK Go

Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have it So Much Better (2005)purchase this album Here are some descriptions I’ve read recently of...

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listening booth: blues traveler, “¡Bastardos!”

Blues Traveler – ¡Bastardos! (2005)purchase this album A funny thing happened to Blues Traveler on their way to...

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gross-off, hostess edition: halloween glo balls

It’s almost Halloween at our neighborhood Safeway: Veteran Hostess consumers will recognize “Glo Balls” as cleverly...