I Like Xmas Music, and So Do You (Oh Yes, You Do)
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 20 December 2010
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If you like music, then you like Xmas music. I’m not talking about the crap you hear at the mall or the post office. I guarantee there’s a healthy dose of magnificent holiday music for you.

Dusty Bottles and Scratchy Vinyl: My First New Year’s Eve
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 December 2010
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We settled on some dreadful brand of peppermint schnapps. We figured that the amount of sediment on the bottle was indicative of how little my parents cared about it.

Things We Like: “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and “Blood Diner”
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Posted in Things We Like on 4 December 2010
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Sheetar and Lumpy engage in mortal combat! Who will prevail?

Karaoke is At Least 50% Evil
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Posted in One Million Watts on 30 November 2010
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When Karaoke was introduced to America in the early 1980s, it is said that Byrne demonstrated the equipment at its New York premiere with a terrifying version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

The Story of Johnny Rotten, Part 2
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 November 2010
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He returns with a friend, a very short guy who is dressed and made up exactly like he is — a “Mini-Me” Johnny Rotten.

The Story of Johnny Rotten, Part 1
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 22 November 2010
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“Johnny Rotten — he and the rest of the Sex Pistols, they hate each other. Can’t be in the same room together. They share a stage for an hour a night and that’s it.”

Things We Like: Henry Murals, “Melvin and Howard,” and Wrapping Kittens
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Posted in Things We Like on 13 November 2010
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How to wrap a kitten for Christmas! Plus: Melvin Dummar makes a friend, and Ryan Henry Ward paints the town.

How I Discovered My Favorite David Bowie Song
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Posted in One Million Watts on 4 November 2010
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There are some songs that find a hole in your sense of self and plug it up … and all at once, you begin filling up with the exultations to which you were once immune.

Barcelona, 1987: A Tramp Abroad
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 November 2010
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I had always been a pop music hound, and Barcelona opened up a whole new sonic universe for me. I grooved to Italian rap and French techno.

A Caveman’s Halloween
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 27 October 2010
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Don’t ask me if I get excited for Halloween. I spent pretty much every Halloween from birth through age 16 hiding in a cave.