Monthly Archives: July 2011

Racking Up Plays: “I Might” by Wilco

“Wow,” I literally said aloud upon hearing the first single leaked from Wilco’s upcoming eighth studio album, The Whole Love. “This song kinda kicks all kinds of ass.” Continue reading

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Report From the Show (with photos): The Avett Brothers with Jessica Lea Mayfield at the Fox Theater in Oakland, 07.19.11

Last night’s show at the Fox Theater was, I believe, the third time I have seen The Avett Brothers earnest mash-up of folk, pop and punk (courtesy of The Bay Bridged’s weekly Ticket Giveaway Wednesday contest). The first time was … Continue reading

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SONG DUEL!: “Drive” by The Cars vs. “Drive” by R.E.M.

Smack! Crack! Hey, kids, it’s a digital vs. analogue showdown between a quintessential ’80s synthpop ballad and an acoustic dirge that leant some gravitas to the alternative revolution. Continue reading

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Venturing into “the cloud”: My continuing adventures with Google Music Beta

First off, I can’t stand the term “the cloud.” I suppose I understand the metaphor—that rather than having my digital files stored on a specific computer server, they’re just sort of floating out there somewhere in the wild blue Internet … Continue reading

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Halftime Report: My favorite 15 tracks of 2011 thus far

I realize I may need to turn in my official Snobby Blogger membership card, but the iTunes play-count function doesn’t lie. Continue reading

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The Annotated Decemberists No. 3: “My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist”

As related to Sean Nelson for a detailed article in the Seattle alt-weekly paper The Stranger, “My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist” was inspired by a particularly awful family canoe trip. Continue reading

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