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.

Christmas in Japan
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2010
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They celebrate Christmas in Japan, but it’s nothing you get the day off work for; it’s more akin to Valentine’s Day. They celebrate a weird version of Valentine’s Day, too, but that’s another story.

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.”

To Rainer Maria: I’m Sorry, and Thanks for Everything
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 November 2010
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Emo started with a desire to emote and discuss more personal/poetic concepts that were less available in traditional three-chord punk. And you, Rainer Maria, understood that, even if I didn’t seem to.

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.

Driving The Boss to Work
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 3 November 2010
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Bruce Springsteen broke the ice by slapping me on the shoulder and saying “Where to, young man?” I replied, “Climb on in and strap yourself down; we’re goin’ for a ride.”

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.

Mr. Halloween
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 28 October 2010
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I am SO into Halloween, they call me…Mr. Halloween. I LOVE Halloween. Not like mama-child love. Not like puppy love. Not even like how you might love Ore-Ida Tater Tots, but loving love.