Bad news, folks. Leslie Liberatore‘s not able to contribute the Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date) Tonight again this week. I got a text from her the other day that said, simply, “Friday – Post?” She didn’t respond to my replies, but when I logged into Popdose this afternoon and saw she hadn’t uploaded this week’s installment, I was able to decipher her code in time to throw this together. But I’m starting to get a little worried that she’s incommunicado. Last time she disappeared my search party spotted her a week later passed out in an alley in Hermosa Beach clutching an empty bottle of Bulleit in each hand. It wasn’t the first time, either.

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight

It’s not a date, but it will be by the time the night’s out. You and a couple of your buddies are at that hip new place downtown. You poked your head in the window last week and saw a whole bunch of women you probably can’t afford. But they don’t know that. Walk in like you own the place, leave the cocktail waitresses alone – they’re only flirting for better tips – and don’t go home by yourself. Tonight, you’re a big, bright, shining star.

[Everybody Else, “Meat Market” Everybody Else, 2007]

Song for the Soundtrack of Your No Date Tonight

Platonic. The worst word in the English language. It means that it’s not only never going to happen for you, but also that, when it happens with someone else, she’s going to tell you about it, most likely at the office coffee machine on Monday. And you’ll pretend to be happy for her, because that’s what friends do. But hey, at least Boogie Nights is on HBO again tonight.

[Fountains of Wayne, “Maureen” Out-of-State Plates, 2005]

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Dave Lifton

The perpetually cranky Dave Lifton produces and co-hosts the Popdose Podcast and contributes an occasional column when he darn well feels like it. But mostly he eats Cheetos and yells at kids to get off his lawn, which is strange because he lives in an apartment. The guiding force behind LifStrong, he can be found on Twitter at @dslifton.

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