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Monthly Archives: December 2012

366 Songs 366: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Firstly, anyone who didn’t think that I was going to go with this song for the final day of the year, you really don’t know me that well, do you? This is such a lovely song in almost every incarnation, … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 366 Songs , , ,

Waves Upon A Tropical Shore

From the Guardian: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: followers of the Umbanda religion pay tribute to Iemanja, goddess of the sea, at Copacabana beach. Worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the past year and ask for … Continue reading

366 Songs 365: Coming Up Roses

A song that’s beautiful in a particularly ugly, self-aware and urban sense (“The moon is a sickle cell/It’ll kill you in time”), “Coming Up Roses” was the soundtrack to a particularly weird and unhealthy post-break-up period of my life way … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 364: What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?

I still remember my excitement upon hearing this song for the first time; it was the first release for R.E.M. since the ridiculously successful, melancholy Automatic For The People, an album that had happily stoked by obsessive collector nature and … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 363: I’m In Love With A Girl

The second last song from Radio City, the second Big Star album and arguably Alex Chilton’s greatest – or, at least, most coherent – album of his entire career in terms of writing, “I’m In Love With A Girl” is … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 366 Songs ,

“I Can’t Let You Do That, Dave”

Seriously, I’m not the only person who gets a HAL from 2001 feeling from Facebook’s new attempt to be “personal,” right?


They Say Your Friends Won’t Tell You

From my email inbox today: Thanks, LinkedIn.



From the Guardian: Chinandega, Nicaragua: A man sweeps ash after the eruption of the San Cristobal volcano. Photograph: Mario Lopez/EPA There’s just something about the mundane nature of the image compared with the enormity of what happened before it – … Continue reading

366 Songs 362: The Price I Pay

More proof that the greatest love songs come from the least likely sources at times, Billy Bragg’s “The Price I Pay” is one of my favorite relationship songs, in part because of the heartbroken lyrics (“There’s something inside/That hurts my … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 366 Songs ,

What Happens Before The Thaw

From the Guardian: Moscow, Russia: Semi-frozen water droplets on a spider’s web. Photograph: Andrew Osokin/Rex Features One of those “Ain’t nature grand?” moments.