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Wander out into the forest, like some Grimm’s fairytale tourist

Fairytale Tourist - The Corner Laughers One of my favorite records so far this year is the wonderful Matilda Effect by The Corner Laughers. It’s got the strong melodic spine of northern soul, the effervescent delight of your favorite Sarah Records … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Georgia

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. Going to Georgia – The Mountain Goats Oh Georgia, how can I choose only one song about you? There is such an embarrassment of … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Florida

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. Miami Nights – Wale It was surprisingly difficult to pick a song for Florida. Despite a fair number of great artists hailing from the … Continue reading

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It’s hard out here being a straight white dude, let me tell you

Patton Oswalt is annoyed with Salon, and his reasons are pretty hilarious.for reasons that are full of some industrial-grade cognitive dissonance: Let me just make one more point. John Oliver doesn’t have many bigger champions in the media than us.  … Continue reading

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Just because I couldn’t touch it doesn’t mean I couldn’t love it

Call You All The Time - Vanessa Peters Vanessa Peters is one of my favorite artists of the last decade. Every record from her is a joy, and With the Sentimentals is no exception. It’s probably the most classically ‘folk’ record … Continue reading

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Welcome to reality

Grimes scrapped her followup to Visions, including this track. Which leads me to wonder: is she going all Brian Wilson on us? Because this song is great. Her voice is ethereal, as always, as she bobs and weaves amidst a woozy … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Delaware

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. Wilmington - Doug Kwartler Shockingly, for such an awful state, Delaware’s contribution to this project is one of the better songs. It’s the song … Continue reading

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And the sadness I suppose, gonna hold me to the ground

This is the best song I’ve heard from The Tallest Man on Earth in a long time. It might even by my favorite song of his yet. Following the path laid out by The War on Drugs last year, Kristian Matsson … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Connecticut

A musical celebration of the 50 states. One song each week over the course of the year. So…Connecticut. There sure aren’t many songs about it. But at least it lets us finally answer the classic question: when faced with the … Continue reading

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John Kerry on DOMA, circa 1996

Came across John Kerry’s comments on the Defense of Marriage Act from back when it was being debated in 1996. While he declares himself to be against gay marriage, his comments are measured and generous and empathetic. It’s Kerry at … Continue reading

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