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This Weekend: Four

In Allston, Boston, music, muzak on April 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm
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Eternally Youthful Recommendation: muxtape.com

In eternally youthful recommendations, muzak on March 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Fun Nu Internet-majig [AKA: more reasons to dick around on the Job!!]: muxtape.com

Basically, you get to upload up to ten songs [can rotate! will rotate!] to share with all y’all friends.

Here is Mine. Currently the server is overloaded [probs ’cause everyone’s so psyched to not make tapes] but it should be back up by 9 pm tonight. Generally, a lot easier than maintaining a music blog [I am Lazy.]

Best: Break-up “Things”

In heartbroke, Uncategorized on December 29, 2007 at 7:45 pm

I had it in my head to list my favorite “Things” of 2007 which was going to include books and music and various media [probably Jezebel.com would be on that list, and maybe Hillary Clinton too although I’m undecided on that front] but my head is reeling from post-holiday blues, recent break-ups, and too much gin&tonic so I’m going to make a list of the best Things about breaking up [because I feel like a vindictive little bitch]. AIGHT:

1. Paul Anka’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do

I’m sorry? This song makes me want to break up every day just so I have an excuse to listen to it.

2. High Fidelity

The movie, not the book [I’m a plebian on this count, although I have no doubt that Nick Hornby’s writing is equally brilliant.] I try to watch this every time I get my heart broken. It helps if you have a doofy brother who can act as a parallel to Jack Black’s Barry. Additionally, one cannot surpass the epic opening line: “Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” TOO FUCKIN’ TRUE, ROB GORDON.

3. The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs

Ok, hear me out on this one: This is a great record for falling in love, truly. However, Stephen Merritt, all-encompassing genius that he is, acknowledges all the shitty parts about love too. I’m reminded of a time in my life during my Worst Break-up Of All Time in which a friend dedicated “I Think I Need a New Heart” to me on a college radio show. Also of note for the broken-hearted: “Love is Like a Bottle of Gin” and “Crazy for You But Not That Crazy” [resonant whether you’ve been on the Crazy side or not. I’ve been on both.]

[Of Note: One thing that is sure to be a highlight of 2008 will be Stephen Merritt’s Valentine’s Day performance at the Somerville Theatre. I now have an extra ticket, if you’d like to accompany me. Har har har.]

4. Girlfriends and Platonic Males

I know that “you were too good for [Redacted] anyway” and “good riddance!” are the oldest cliches in Da Book, but it’s REAL cathartic to have chain-smoking seshes and watch bad rom-coms.

5. Checkin’ out Hotties

Maybe my Missed Connections karma will be resurrected?

Accidents & Emergencies

In muzak on October 5, 2007 at 5:37 am

 I just had the delight of seeing the invincible Mr. Patrick Wolf at the Paradise. Not only does he have an impeccable sense of style (vests, cut-off shorts, and massive cross necklaces? Yes, please!!) and the capacity to bring back body glitter for the masses, but I have not seen such a well-done performance in a Very Long Time. In the past few years I’ve personally felt a sort of steady decline when it comes to live performances, seeing many an artist turn out tired, cookie-cutter performances, so Patsy was refreshing both in his performance quality and his sincerity. He knows how to be a performer, clearly, but he is also not just a crowd-pleaser, evidenced in his playing a healthy number of choruses from Lycanthropy (rather than just The New Stuff, which is still awesome, but, you know). Additionally, my DC sources inform me that he didn’t even perform hit single Magic Position, although he opened his encore with it for this particular show and it was truly a delight to see and hear. Basically, Wolf seems to be a performer who has still maintained his integrity, and this is really wonderful and nice. I am also so pleased with his Peter Pan-esque persona; it’s just perfect. The Paradise was a great venue as well, and was surprisingly not crowded, so even latecomers had a good view. And, until he ACTUALLY comes out and says it, I will refuse to believe that he is gay [despite all other indicators] just in the hopes that we are, perhaps, Eternally Youthful Soulmates.

 

 

P Wolf

 

 

Image via my pal Nestor, who took these photos for SPIN.com

Notes on the [Balinese] Cockfight

In muzak, youtube on September 24, 2007 at 9:09 pm

This is my favorite new group, Bonde Do Role [I’ve already choreographed a dance or two, true story!] They’re Brazilian [and we all know Brazil-is-the-new-France-is-the-new-Australia-is-the-new-Canada when it comes to muzak.]

Bonde Do Role on MySpace