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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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Lost in the '80s, Music

"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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Consumerism, Junk Food

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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Consumerism, Junk Food

gross-off, hostess edition: halloween glo balls

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

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Otis Redding, Part One

Note: I put out a call for guest Idiots a few weeks ago, and was quite pleased to get a response from one of my favorite bloggers (his...

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safari/firefox

It was brought to my attention that this site has been ALL FUCKED UP in Safari and Firefox lately. I think Rahul has fixed it. He’s...

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Television

calling a spade a spade

Has anyone else caught a whiff of this turkey? We watched a few minutes last night, and it’s powerful bad. Jon Stewart should sue...

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chumpville

Hey, looks like Salon has discovered my Complete Idiot’s Guide to Toto and whaddya know, they like it. Too bad they’ve credited...

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listening booth: Sigur Rós, “Takk…”

Sigur Rós – Takk: (2005)purchase this album So. This is what all the hype is about, I guess? I don’t get it. This...

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listening booth: paul mccartney, “chaos and creation in the backyard”

Paul McCartney – Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)purchase this album As I wrote last week, I wasn’t expecting much...

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all around the place

So apparently now I’m sort of syndicated, yet still completely unpaid. I guess this is the new wave for newspaper websites —...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"now is the time / to call the doctor!"

Miss me? Sorry about that. Work took me out of the loop for a good two weeks, but I’m back now and rarin’ to go with a bunch...

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The Popdose Guide to Rush, Part Two

Note: For those of you who weren’t here a couple of weeks ago — or just have very short memories — this here is Part...

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hey, they know we’re here

Linked to by stereogum. I feel like an ugly kid who just got invited to his first party....

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hey, they know we’re here

Linked to by stereogum. I feel like an ugly kid who just got invited to his first party....

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Consumerism, Junk Food, Music

come back to the crazy buffet, jimmy dean

Back in February, I mentioned driving past Crazy Buffet, a new restaurant in Sunnyvale. I didn’t have any intention of eating there,...