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Lost in the '80s, Music

"life was so simple then/a kind of playtime/you made it easy then/we had a great time"

Like many a budding homo, I was quite the little fashion plate in high school. Yes, that’s me with the grey pleather pants, white...

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Meta

resurrection

New day, new host, new lease on life for this place. The mp3s’ new home actually provides more room and more transfer than I’d...

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Meta, Music

the day the music died

I apologize for the current mp3 outage:we’ve been heavily linked this week, our traffic spiked, and our host noticed what we’ve...

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Music

listening booth: clapton, new pornographers, kanye west, stryper, richard thompson

Eric Clapton – Back Home (2005) It’s been a long time since the world sat up and paid attention to a new album from Eric...

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Music

barry gibb let me down

Oh, goddammit. Hi, my name is Jeff, and I’m a Bee Gees fan. Not a “cool” one, either — I’m not down with all...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to the Replacements

“The radio, that was my big influence … Bands that were faceless, that didn’t really have anything other than what you...

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Music

listening booth: def leppard, “yeah!”

I don’t know whether or not they still publish it, but when I was a kid, Marvel Comics had a title called What If? that answered...

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Books, Music

two hearts and one crummy book

Hey, have you read this book? Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts — The Definitive Biography, 1972-2003 by Dave Marsh I’m a sucker...

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Music

listening booth: Darden Smith, “Sunflower”

Darden Smith – Sunflower (2002) Having spent large chunks of my life around musicians and other assorted music geeks, I’ve...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"down in alabama they like home-cooked fare, yeah! / so we’re gonna strap you to the frying chair"

Joe Strummer was not a very popular guy when 1986 rolled around. The year previous, he, alongside a new crew of imposters, had taken a nice...

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Popdose

bite me, imax

We took The Boy to the Tech Museum in San Jose last Saturday. This isn’t the kind of thing I’ve ever really given much thought...

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Music

bootleg city: brian wilson, “sweet insanity”

No Idiot’s Guide this week, amigos — as the list of artists about whom I am qualified to expound at length continues to...

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Music

beautiful dreamer

I’ve just finished reading the most informative and entertaining biography of Stephen Foster ever written: Doo-Dah! Stephen Foster...

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Music

listening booth: hootie, pelican, shelby lynne, imogen heap

Hootie & The Blowfish – Looking for Lucky (2005) Once, when asked to explain his fondness for Beavis & Butt-Head, David...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"it’s raining / my sisters why can’t we realize / that it won’t be long?"

“Contentious” is probably the word I’m looking for to describe the recording of the third (and at the time – har...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

Silly conejo! Trix is for los niños!

So I’m pouring The Boy’s cereal this morning, and I notice something a little different about this week’s box of Trix: It...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

the great cereal gross-off: peanut butter cookie crisp edition

During their Biblical forty years of wandering in the desert, the Jews subsisted on a miracle food that fell from the heavens each night....

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Current Events

squirrel wrangler

Haven’t been able to write this morning because a squirrel fell down the vent above our stove — the last couple hours have...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"over the garden wall she said/ ‘let’s go to the party’"

Kissing the Pink. Yes, that’s totally what it means. Ahem. Now that we’ve dispensed with all that, Kissing the Pink formed in...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Chris Whitley

Let’s talk about the blues. It only seems appropriate, after all, given that it’s Tuesday, the bluesiest day of the work week...

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Music

trompe le whatever

As Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith once famously noted, everybody wants to rule the world. In the literal sense, they were imagining some...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

week boy-ar-dee: cheesy burger ravioli

This is it, my friends — the end of Week Boy-Ar-Dee: It’s been a bumpy road, to be sure, but an educational one nonetheless....

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Music

the mystery of setzer

I love artists past their prime. As I’ve repeatedly mentioned here, I derive endless fascination from the things musicians do after...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

week boy-ar-dee: chili cheese dog twistaroni

So. We meet again, my fat, toque-headed nemesis: I won’t lie to you — yesterday’s Boyarxperiment hurt me, and hurt me...

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Music

listening booth: King Sunny Adé And His African Beats, “Juju Music”

King Sunny Adé And His African Beats – Juju Music (1982) I’m not quite sure what to say about this album. If you...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

week boy-ar-dee: pepperoni pizzazaroli

Yes. Fucking Pepperoni Pizzazaroli: You would think “Pepperoni Pizza Ravioli” would be good enough, or even “Pepperoni...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Ry Cooder

I’ve been working up to a Ry Cooder Idiot’s Guide for awhile now. He’s one of my longtime, all-time favorites, but...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

week boy-ar-dee: cheesy nacho twistaroni

Behold! Isn’t modern technology wonderful? They’ve taken cheesy nacho, combined it with pasta, and put it in a can. Convenience...

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Meta

chef boy-o-blog

Meet The Boy: As of a few weeks ago, he and his mom are living with us, and since my eating habits tend to mirror those of a six-year-old...