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Comments from Melissa Bobbitt
I'd add in the Boy least Likely To's Christmas repertoire. I mean, "Jingle My Bells"? Cheeky. :)
December 21, 2012
The 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs
Cheers, Claire. Looking forward to reading your stuff!
December 20, 2012
Hello! From Your New Staff Writer
Such a lovely and surprising record. Tracey seems like just the kind of musician I'd love to chat with over a cuppa tea.
December 17, 2012
Q&A: Tracey Thorn Talks About Christmas Music, More
Decemberists' "Hazards of Love," anyone? And OK, I'll be the one to make the case for "The Black Parade." Two words: Liza Minelli. Also, let's throw Smashing Pumpkins' "Machina" and Princess Superstar's "My Machine" in there, too.
November 6, 2012
Top 10 Rock Operas That Deserve A Stage Adaptation
I feel really wrong and dirty for actually liking this. Like I need a shower. With James Franco. :)
September 21, 2012
Check Out James Franco’s New Band, Daddy
*salivates* So ace!
September 13, 2012
Kaki King – “Great Round Burn”
"Unconventional doesn’t mean dysfunctional." I want a shirt that says this! God, I freaking love this band.
September 7, 2012
Amy Millan Talks Stars’ Excellent New Album,
Aw, man, "Experimental Jet Set" is the album that got me into Sonic Youth. Wish it were higher. But I realize with such an immense discography, this list wasn't going to please everyone. - waiting breathlessly for the SY catalog to get even bigger, but that's probably not gonna happen. Sigh.
September 7, 2012
Sonic Youth Albums From Worst To Best
Megan - for the record, the dance tent was a wonky experience. The comedy was hit or miss (I really did not need to hear David Cross vividly describe a colonic), and the DJs in general were playing for the wrong crowd. Tanlines knocked it outta the park, though! Aaron, my condolences to you and yours. For some reason, folks tend to forget that rock journalists are people, too, and sometimes speaking of your own experience is called for, even necessary. May peace find you.
September 5, 2012
Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012
Billie Joe has never looked better. :D
August 16, 2012
Green Day – “Oh Love” Video
Thanks for the awesome, witty coverage! Makes me feel like I'm there. :)
August 4, 2012
Lollapalooza 2012: M83, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, & More
First brush with SY was the Lollapalooza ep of "The Simpsons" in 1996. I thought Sonic Youth was a ripoff of my favorite band, Smashing Pumpkins (they both had a female bassist!) Little did I know SY preceded the Pumpkins by about a decade. So I got "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star" from a used CD bin soon thereafter and fell in love with Thurston and Kim. "Dirty" is now my go-to SY record. That dissonant crunch! Yum!
July 20, 2012
Goodbye to one of the most awesomely underdog inventions of the aughts. I will rock my Zune proudly today. Even if it is a bulky mofo, I love it like one loves the pudgy, disheveled family cat.
October 8, 2011
Guh, why is Anthony almost 50 and still better looking than most guys my age?! :D
August 17, 2011
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie” Video
Cheers to this, mate! Stars' album required multiple listens before I fell in love with it, but now the love is immense! The problems are that 1) nobody is patient enough for multiple listens anymore and 2) "Five Ghosts" isn't "Set Yourself on Fire" - and nobody realises that's actually a good thing. *sigh* Also, I'm guessing most critics haven't seen Stars in concert. I've seen them six times now, including the recent tour where they played "Five Ghosts" in their entirety, and they are just a standout batch of amazing musicians. Wish they'd get more kudos. Unrelated to this comment, but pertinent to the original post - M.I.A.'s "Maya" was my favorite album of 2010. Maybe I'm biased (I'm a hug fan of hers), but I think the media and the fans unduly shat on her. Maybe she was getting too popular? Were they punishing her for "Paper Planes?" Whatever it was, people need to give "Maya" another chance.
December 7, 2010
’s Top 40 Albums Of 2010
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Brand New – Science Fiction
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Cloakroom – Time Well
EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring
Rainer Maria – S/T
Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time OST
Tall Friend – Safely Nobody’s
Soccer Mommy – Collection
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