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EARWORM! It’s Your Very Last Chance To Hurt Me

They howled for me at just the right time. I’ve been an evangelist for Brooklyn-Boston postpunk group the Beatings for several years now, as the band that distilled the anger and displacement I felt during the worst of the Bush … Continue reading

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EARWORM! Angel And The Badman

She gave him a voice, he gave her stories. He gave her street cred, she gave him access. She gave him sweetness, he gave her menace. It wasn’t a partnership that had any right to flourish, but disparate backgrounds made … Continue reading

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EARWORM! The Angels Turn To Ashes

Dream lovers are wondrous things. In our thoughts, they grow magnified until perfected, until there is no simple way to tell their story anymore. They’re archetyped. Emmylou Harris, who has loved and lost in a manner that immortalizes her even … Continue reading

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EARWORM! … CDs Taken From My Car In A Burglary, Circa 2008

1. Belle & Sebastian: The Boy With the Arab Strap

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EARWORM! A Very Jewish Christmas

xx Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was not one of Santa’s reindeer and didn’t live on the North Pole. In fact, he was invented in 1939 by Robert L. May, a copywriter for Montgomery Ward department stores, as a promotional gimmick. By … Continue reading

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EARWORM! The Great I AM

It’s hard at first  to have much sympathy for the tale-teller of Neil Diamond’s 1971 hit “I Am … I Said.” He’s at the pinnacle but looking back to his earthbound days. Yet his ennui is not merely pitiable self-regard, … Continue reading

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EARWORM! The Lindsay Lohan Moment

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx She was so close. She was nearly there. And in 2003, just before she fell down that rabbit hole and got replaced by a drunken changeling, she gave us one of the best pop songs of … Continue reading

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