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Things We Like: “Master of the Flying Guillotine” and “Magic” by The Cars
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Posted in Things We Like on 10 July 2010
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What do a silly summer song from Ric Ocasek and a fight in a booby-trapped coffin factory have in common? Nothing, really, except that we like them both without shame.

Goin’ Back to Martini Ranch
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 6 May 2010
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These guys wanted to make a record that someone like me could dig up some 22 years after it was buried and say: “Wow, it’s not as horribly dated as I thought it would be.”

Long Summer Days Spent in XTC
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 May 2010
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Fans of XTC might direct the uninitiated to early albums like “Drums and Wires,” and that’s fine. But to get the band’s full pastoral punch, only “English Settlement” and “Skylarking” will do.

Is it An Education, or is it Memorex?
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 3 May 2010
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All I knew about jazz before that afternoon was that my cousin drummed for a Dixieland outfit in Sacramento, and that I hated Dixieland. This was something new and unexpected.

At Videopolis Tonight
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 29 April 2010
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It was May 1986, and my friends and I were looking for a new place to dance. We never dreamed that we’d end up in a fantasy kingdom, dancing to fireworks.

The Last Time I Met Kurt Cobain, Part 1
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Posted in Seattle on 21 April 2010
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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
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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.

Hey, Teens: You Will Survive the Suburbs
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 April 2010
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I suppose it’s natural to rebel against the place where you grew up. That was me and Orange County. Nearly the whole of my time in that verdant sprawl was spent in a kind of stasis.

Write Back Soon: In Praise of Pen Pals
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 April 2010
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The serious pen pal had an arsenal of materials at her disposal, the most basic of which was an ingenious item known as the aerogram. Sadly, it’s now extinct.

Things We Like: Umbrellas, “Friends Forever” and “Zoolook”
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Posted in Things We Like on 3 April 2010
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This week, we consider the fashionable qualities of umbrellas, watch two guys playing noise rock on top of a van, and discover an early music video from the director of “Amelie.”