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Lost in the '80s, Music

"I’m holding on to my sanity / I feel the beginning of emergency"

When they both hit the Top 40 in 1983, it was a common debate: Who was better, Madonna or Cyndi Lauper? While Madonna had the sex appeal,...

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listening booth: ladysmith black mambazo, “long walk to freedom”

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Long Walk to Freedom (2006)purchase this album Believe it or not, people of my generation, but this marks...

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listening booth: rosanne cash, “black cadillac”

Rosanne Cash – Black Cadillac (2006)purchase this albumIt’s about the attempt to connect the dots. It’s about how...

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listening booth: toto, “falling in between”

Toto – Falling In Between (2006)purchase this album You know, I’ve written an awful lot of stuff here over the past few years....

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listening booth: toto, “falling in between”

Toto – Falling In Between (2006)purchase this album You know, I’ve written an awful lot of stuff here over the past few years....

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the complete idiot’s guide to robert palmer, part two

So. When last we left Robert Palmer, he was in the process of tricking out and slicking up his world-beat soul sound, sending his music in...

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Darren's Great Unknowns, Music

In Color, Version 2.0

In homage to the band who penned the song from which this blog takes its name, we are making available the rough mixes of Cheap...

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bootleg city: the traveling wilburys, “volume three”

Welcome back to Wilbury Way, my fellow bootleggin’ fanatics, for our fond look back at Volume Three, A.K.A. the second Traveling...

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cutouts gone wild!: paul carrack, “groove approved”

Paul Carrack – Groove Approved (1989)purchase this album There is a certain group of musicians whose names elicit knowing grins from...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

“ink and paper / the broken heart in black and white”

Allow me to get something off my chest first, if I may: Modern English’s “I Melt With You” was not a hit back in the...

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listening booth: the subdudes, “behind the levee”

The Subdudes – Behind the Levee (2006)purchase this album You know, I may just do a Subdudes Idiot’s Guide one of these days,...

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listening booth: train, “for me, it’s you”

Train – For Me, It’s You (2006)purchase this album Here’s something to make you feel old, Gen Xers: Train scored its...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"wearing the fame / like a loaded gun…"

Shona Laing was fairly well known in her native New Zealand for years before finally scoring an American record deal in the late 80s with...

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bootleg city: the traveling wilburys, “volume one”

If it’s Friday, it must be Bootleg City…and today, our visit takes us right down Wilbury Way. You must remember The Traveling...

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cutouts gone wild!: t’pau, “the promise”

T’Pau – The Promise (1991)purchase this album They’re barely remembered today, at least outside the British club circuit,...

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shark attack!

They once sang history never repeats. But the members of Split Enz today (Feb. 1) announced they are reuniting for an Australian arena tour...

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Listening Booth, Music

listening booth: richard ashcroft, “keys to the world”

Richard Ashcroft – Keys to the World (2006)purchase this album Maybe I wasn’t listening to The Verve hard enough, but after...

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Listening Booth, Music

listening booth: richard ashcroft, “keys to the world”

Richard Ashcroft – Keys to the World (2006) purchase this album Maybe I wasn’t listening to The Verve hard enough, but after...

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listening booth: duncan sheik, “white limousine”

Duncan Sheik – White Limousine (2006)purchase this album You know, from “Barely Breathing” on down, I’ve never...

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listening booth: duncan sheik, “white limousine”

Duncan Sheik – White Limousine (2006)purchase this album You know, from “Barely Breathing” on down, I’ve never...

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the complete idiot’s guide to to tom waits

Jefito’s Note: He doesn’t write them anymore, but truth be known, it was my good friend Benja who inspired the Idiot’s...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"pull up your socks, you’re the boy in the box / what did the rebel say?"

Oh, Corey Hart. You’re trying so hard to say something meaningful and deep here, but we’ll be damned if we know what...

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Books

bookshelf: shawn mcbride, “green grass grace”

Shawn McBride, Green Grass Grace (2003)purchase this book Hellfire hallelujah and halitosis. Mike Schmidt sits to pee. How you doing,...

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bootleg city: Hüsker Dü, “supernova”

Another Friday, another visit to that bustling metropolis we like to call Bootleg City — and this week, as promised, here’s...

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bootleg city: Hüsker Dü, “supernova”

Another Friday, another visit to that bustling metropolis we like to call Bootleg City — and this week, as promised, here’s eighteen...

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Television

oh sweet god in heaven, yes

Our hilarious buddies over at Drink at Work are taking a not-so-fond look back at the theme songs and opening credits of The Brady Brides,...

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cutouts gone wild!: reo speedwagon, “the earth, a small man, his dog and a chicken”

REO Speedwagon – The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog and A Chicken (1990)purchase this album Aside from a brief period in fifth grade...

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new nesmith, fagen

Some of you have waxed rhapsodic here about Michael Nesmith’s solo output; I haven’t listened to any of his other albums, but...

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listening booth: morningwood, “morningwood”

Morningwood – Morningwood (2006)purchase this album Morning wood — the kind that ZZ Top sang about — is good....

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listening booth: jenny lewis with the watson twins, “rabbit fur coat”

Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat (2006)purchase this album I have only a passing familiarity with Rilo Kiley and...