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Monthly Archives: October 2012

366 Songs 301: Ain’t That Love

I was reading something, somewhere, recently about the way that gospel audiences were appalled by what they saw as the sexual nature of Ray Charles’ vocals in early releases; it was a strange moment for me, because I came to … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 300: Stacked Actors

“Stacked Actors” shouldn’t work as a song, I think everytime I listen to it; it’s a car-crash of rock cliches, from the feedback that starts it to the scream before the guitar solo, and including the faux-lounge rock of the … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 299: 3030

A true story: Years and years and decades ago, when rap first started appearing on British radio and the pop charts, I remember my dad being weirdly excited about the potential of the genre; he talked about it being a … Continue reading

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366 Songs 298: Doing The Do

“It’s me again/Yes, how did you guess?” There is little as weirdly comedic, with hindsight, as late 1980s/early 1990s crossover rap music. Today, “Doing the Do” sounds ridiculous, like some amateur idea of what dance music should sound like with … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 366 Songs ,

Twilight and True-Life Writing Stories

Time.com has had a facelift, which means that the Top 10 Most Popular Entertainment Stories box is gone – gone! – and replaced by a less-visually interesting Top 5, so I doubt I’ll see my stories appear there (and take … Continue reading

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366 Songs 297: What Goes On

I love that “What Goes On” sounds like a really basic garage rock song until 1:08, and that guitar solo that sounds like the start of drone rock. The first minute of the song, though, with the jangly guitars, Lou … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 296: Satellite

There’s a rawness to all of the songs on Elliott Smith, his second (of six) albums, in part because of the recording process – the songs on the album are all self-recorded onto (I think) a six-track, and you can … Continue reading

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Welcome, Hipster Crime

Police say a man they’ve dubbed the “hipster bandit” may have struck again. Police believe the man who is suspected of robbing a Northeast Portland bank in August — described then as looking “like a hipster” — is the same … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Uncategorized

366 Songs 295: Ana Ng

They Might Be Giants are a band that’s so much an acquired taste that it feels as if they’re almost deliberately off-putting. That nasal voice! The purposefully-restricted arrangements (the cheap-sounding drum machines!)! And yet, under all that, there is a … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 294: Hot Knife

I love the many ways in which “Hot Knife” – An appalling earworm, and one I should probably apologize for right now – sounds like it’s come from outside of time to bring you messages that don’t necessarily make sense … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 366 Songs ,