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New Playlist: “Reinventing Happiness Again”

By on Oct 14, 2008 in Music

I made this last night. It’s the first playlist I’ve made in a long time. Significant? Perhaps. Give it a few minutes; it takes forever to load … If it never loads, click here.

And it’s iTunes for the win!

By on Sep 16, 2008 in Music

Sunday I installed the new version of iTunes – usually I’m pretty lax about my updates but iTunes was giving me weird errors so I thought it would help. With the new install, came “Genius,” a nifty little side bar for iTunes that recommends music or creates playlists based on a selected song. I decided to try it out and see what it would say. To be honest, I was wary. I selected my favorite Buddy Holly song – (I don’t care) Baby you’re so square (which, by the way, Joni Mitchell covers – how wierd is that?). Genius created a playlist which I have yet to listen to – it was an interesting mix of old rock n roll and punk which, for me, is an excellent sign and Genius recommended a few Buddy Holly songs I didn’t own. So I begin trying this for various other artists, styles, etc. At some point, I click on The Cramps … and...

once upon a time pitchfork media reviewed los angeles is burning ….

By on Sep 18, 2007 in Music

Read the article here. “The irony of it all is that the band’s call-and-response vocal arrangements are straight out of a Baptist church house, as are the rich harmonies and the reliance on one man– in this case, Graffin– to testify to (and for) the congregation. Bad Religion’s magic doesn’t stem as much from their political lyrics as from the airtight arrangements and thick, sweet harmonies that bring the lyrics to you, and interestingly, are also the antithesis of the social rebellion the band advocates. A case could be made (and sometimes I make it) that the band resorts to the very things it deplores in order to get across a message, and that in the process, they demand a kind of allegiance that a cynic might call unhealthy. But if Graffin and Gurewitz are willing to return to the well to help the innocent climb out, the end certainly justifies...