Record Machine: 3 New York Songs Without Frank Sinatra

Friends, when you read this, I’ll be taking my first trip to New York City as an adult, so this week’s Record Machine is as indulgent as ever. And with all due respect to Frank Sinatra, let’s listen to a few other city-centric tunes.

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Impermanent Stardust: The Story of a Tattoo

In the space between my collarbone and sternum, I have a tattoo: two black stars connected by one solid line. Music inspired this bit of ink, but the story around it means so much more.

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30 Years of Music: 2011

2011 became the year when so many of my favorites decided to have new releases, and it became a very happy listening time. In some ways, it’s difficult to say which song from the following fifteen is my favorite, but once you reach the end, it will be obvious to anyone who has followed my music writing. Still, play all these songs and enjoy. I hope you love them.

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30 Years of Music: 2007

2007 in music seems to be all about making up for neglected artists in previous columns, a lot of love and appreciation, and one hell of a dance party. Let’s do this. Read More 30 Years of Music: 2007

30 Years of Music: 2000!

People, wasn’t 2000 only just yesterday? I swear that it was, even though I was still in high school then and still driving Sid The Angry Volvo (R.I.P.), and even though the musicians in some of these videos look like babies in comparison to now, 2000 just happened. Don’t spoil my illusion just yet.

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Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter W

Indulge me while I get rather introspective in this jumbo-sized installment of Alphabet Soup.

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Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter T

The Letter T is another jumbo-sized letter because I couldn’t make up my damn mind. So many good songs, so much with which to sing along. Let’s get to it:

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Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter K

The Letter K might present more of a challenge this week, save for all the songs that start with “Kiss.”  (Though if any of you pick “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal, Imma just shake my head and say, “It’s okay. Middle school nostalgia. I feel ya.”) So let’s get going with this K extravaganza:

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