Book Review: Twee by Marc Spitz

Though anything overly cliquish, with rules of operation and preconceived notions, makes me squirm, I realized that I had made assumptions of my own about the word “Twee,” and any movement that might be associated with it. So with mixed feelings did I pick up one mouthful of a title: Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film by Marc Spitz.

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Record Collecting Bucket List

I checked a record off my collecting bucket list this last week.  The record, Moon Colony Bloodbath by The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice, had become an all consuming obsession ever since I heard John play a song at a Mountain Goats solo show.  Thanks to Uncle Sam, I was able to afford to buy it.  Read More Record Collecting Bucket List

30 Years of Music: 1986

1986, already! The year of my brother’s birth. I venture outside of my usual musical territory this time around, and let us all be better for it. Behold…

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30 Years of Music: 1984

After the smashing amount of great music to choose from in 1983, 1984 was a little easier for me to narrow down to ten picks. Yes, it’s the year that everyone made the same Orwellian joke, and the year that Van Halen made sure to release that so-titled album in January, but my most-loved songs from this time head in a different direction. Once again, I must point out that I am not trying to make a definitive list of the “Greatest” songs from each year, but rather curate an unnumbered collection of personal favorites, while still attempting to be concise.

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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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5 Albums That Changed My Life

Don’t forget the songs that made you cry, and the songs that saved your life.

It’s the end of the year, which means every blogger, journalist, and other ne’er-do-wells are composing their end of year lists. You know. Because it’s the end of the year. I’ve now used that phrase three times in two sentences.  Perhaps you can tell the season is wearing on me. Read More 5 Albums That Changed My Life