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Download Now: J.P. Rose “What If I Were You?”

J.P. Rose gave up the blustery winds of San Francisco, where he fronted electro/pop outfit Hot Challenge, for the sunny shores of Los Angeles. The easy, breezy, beautiful LA weather informs the instantly addictive tracks on his new EP, Seascape. For older folk like me, Rose’s brand of electro/pop immediately recalls OMD and the Lightning Seeds. The younger kids can easily slip Rose’s tracks into mixes packed with Owl City, Justice and the Postal Service. JP Rose – What If I Were You is particularly epic with cascading waves of synth and a yearning chorus. This one is a major hit just waiting to happen. JP Rose – Back To Me is the first single and it’s video (directed by J.P.’s brother David) is no walk in the park. No wait, that’s exactly what it is. And what better way to while away the day than by strolling with lovely blonde supermodel Lina O’Connor? Listen to J.P. Rose on soundcloud and connect with him on facebook.  

Of Teabags and Taxes

On Tax Day, I went to the Chicago Loop post office – the one with the Calder where Ferris Bueller twists and shouts – to mail in my forms. An accountant does them, but he won’t hook his computer to the Internet because of privacy concerns, so they can’t be filed electronically. I had to fight my way through the Chicago Tea Party, full of people who would be mortified if they knew what teabagging was. The postal service receives very little taxpayer money. In fiscal year 2008, it received $102.1 million in taxpayer funds, mostly reimbursement for free mail services provided to blind people, folks in military service, and U.S. voters overseas. It received $74.2 billion from other postal customers. What the postal service does have is a congressional monopoly on mail services. Legally, no one but the postal service can use your mail box. (If you’ve ever done any political canvassing, you were probably warned up and down not to put any leaflets in mailboxes.) Of course, I was annoyed about this monopoly …