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The Last Time I Met Kurt Cobain, Part 2
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Posted in Seattle on 22 April 2010
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Part of me wanted to talk to Cobain and part of me didn’t want to bug him, but now his own wife was encouraging me to go bother him. Maybe this was some sort of inside joke between them.

The Last Time I Met Kurt Cobain, Part 1
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Posted in Seattle on 21 April 2010
Stats: 18,802 views and 5 Comments

Cobain grabbed a hammer and proceeded to annihilate his guitar, going at the thing with pure hate. He then collapsed onto the floor, where he lay motionless for the next twenty minutes.

Support Your Independent Record Store
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 April 2010
Stats: 3,476 views and 1 Comment

Your neighborhood record store is operated not by a surly, disengaged elitist, but by someone who chose art over commerce. You should give them your business.

What the Internet Taught Me
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Posted in One Million Watts on 17 March 2010
Stats: 8,989 views and 2 Comments

Whenever you say “Webby,” I think only of DuckTales. The phrase “I’m Internet famous!” has no legal significance. And I never, ever tire of being Rickrolled. The song’s just so darned catchy.

Mixtapes, Remembered
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 March 2010
Stats: 4,854 views and 2 Comments

In memory of the now-defunct art of recording a perfect batch of favorite songs to cassette tape, B. James, Krysztof Nemeth and Gregory Crosby write about the mixtape rules they followed … and broke.

If I Had a Time Machine…
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 12 March 2010
Stats: 5,695 views and 1 Comment

There’s just too much money to be made plundering the past for the technology not to be invented and deployed to shopping malls across America, where it can take up space between the water-massage tables and the abandoned oxygen bar.

Painting with Sound: How Recording Has Changed Over Time
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 20 January 2010
Stats: 14,997 views and 1 Comment

Brain Eno said something amazing in an interview: “I tend to work in a painterly way.” He was describing an approach to music which was that of a visual artist — seeing sounds as colors and songs as paintings.

But Wait! There’s More!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 January 2010
Stats: 10,488 views and 3 Comments

In the years since the Ginsu ads of the 1980s, simple TV pitches have evolved into infomercials. Their tentacles now reach far beyond the predawn zone, especially if you don’t pay for cable.

My Name is Mohawk Mouse: Disneyland in (mostly) punk song
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 January 2010
Stats: 27,139 views and 5 Comments

I have made a hobby of collecting pop-punk songs about Disneyland. Even the good punk bands that stormed the Magic Kingdom’s gates did so halfheartedly; they couldn’t even be bothered to really hate the place.

The Ghosts of Christmas Presents
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Posted in One Million Watts on 23 December 2009
Stats: 13,771 views and 4 Comments

“A Christmas Story” may have its happy ending, but what about all of those kids who never got their Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle? All of us have stories about the present we always wanted but never got.