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50 songs for 50 states: Arizona

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. I thought about going with Wilco’s “Hotel Arizona” but ultimately couldn’t end up anywhere but here. I’m sure Arizona has plenty of nice … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Alaska

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. Anchorage – Michelle Shocked Epistolary songs are tough to pull off, but Michelle Shocked does a fantastic job with this one. It’s bittersweet, … Continue reading

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Beatles tidbits

A couple fun things about the Beatles I found on youtube today. “Everyone Had a Hard Year” is a fragment of a song that would later show up in “I’ve Got A Feeling.” He wrote it in ’68 and you … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Alabama

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. Alabama Pines - Jason Isbell Today, we inaugurate this project with Alabama.  For me, this was an easy choice. Alabama has a strong bench … Continue reading

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Top 25 albums of 2014

A year with many great albums and one transcendent one. It wasn’t quite the cornucopia that we got in 2013, but was still a very good year for music. I could produce a list 50 albums deep with stuff I … Continue reading

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Top 50 songs of 2014

This was a good year for music. Quite a few disappointing efforts from some of my old favorites, but plenty of new material to fill in the gaps. My top 10 songs are a bit weaker than some other years, … Continue reading

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World Cup final – a somewhat belated post

Impossible Germany - Wilco Astute readers may have noticed that I never posted my commentary on the World Cup final. When I was informed of this (Hi, Hunter!), I was surprised since I remembered having written it up. But, it turns … Continue reading

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World Cup semifinals – Blühe, deutsches Vaterland!

Two games. One: a blistering assault that produced one of the most shocking results in the entire history of the game. The other: a relatively lifeless 0-0 decided on penalties, in which some of the best attacking players in the … Continue reading

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World Cup quarterfinals – we’re gonna party like it’s 1990

Yikes. Well these quarterfinals are a bit of a turd floating in the punchbowl of an otherwise outstanding World Cup. None of these games were good, and several of them were actually pretty terrible. These were almost certainly the two … Continue reading

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World Cup day 20 – Team USA departs with heads held high

Belgium 2 – 1 United States (after extra time) Talk of noble defeats is always bittersweet. I’d much rather win ugly than be going home. But this tournament has been all about noble defeats, and the US offered another stirring … Continue reading

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