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10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Memories

I can hear a good or not-so-good tune and it transports me back to a time and place when it became important to me. I have a knack for strong memories tied to songs. 

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High Fives: Carolina Wings-McManus

This week in High Fives, I interview my favorite person in the world. Yes, it is nepotism, but she is my lovely soul mate. When we first became online friends courtesy of Livejournal, we bonded over the Beatles, Tori Amos, feminism, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

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High Fives: Kara Tucker

I really enjoyed my first High Fives, so I wanted to bring it back. I found an excellent person to interview in my good friend Kara Tucker. She and I have very similar musical tastes especially in our love of Sleater-Kinney, the Beatles, Against Me!, and the Beach Boys. 

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Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Penultimate Tracks

While researching my last column, I realized that a lot of second-to-last tracks were amazing. Like the final track edition, some of my favorites, like “Putting the Damage On” have already been used in some of my previous columns.

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10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week-Last Track Edition

This list is inspired by KEXP’s morning radio host. He did two days’ worth of closing tracks from albums, and a lot of them were awesome. Unfortunately, I have already blown through a few last tracks on a few of my other lists. Both “Hurt” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” are final tracks.

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A Playlist for Conference Planning

Conference planning is terrible. The past few weeks of my life (and next few days) have been completely dedicated to conference planning. As the default event coordinator in my understaffed office, this is a lot of wrangling people and offices and supplies and everything under the sun. This is also calling hotels, ordering tote bags, […]

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Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Bizarre Cover Edition

The internet is weird. It gives you a billion songs at your disposal. Once you get sucked into the YouTube black hole, you find things out that you never knew existed before. I have found out about some amazing and bizarre covers because of just going down that rabbit hole. I was posting one such […]

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Lunchtime Poll: Pop Culture Phenomena

My wife and I are finally catching up on Breaking Bad. We are only half way through the second season. Our trip to Albuquerque kind of spurred us to watch it again. It is one of a handful of water cooler shows that I feel like I missed out on when they originally aired. In this […]

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Record Machine: “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan

Like many children born in the 1980s, “Mellow Yellow” makes me think of the soda commercials first and the song second. Donovan has a long history of not being as revered as he might have liked, so I feel compelled to at least give his famous song a better look.

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5 Songs That Irritate the Activism In Me

When you spend a lot of time discussing and reading about social issues, entertainment is no longer viewed through the same lens. Sometimes overhearing the most seemingly benign pop song will irritate me, and I’m off on a rant…

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Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Cold Weather Edition

I woke up Sunday morning to sub-40 degree temperatures in Seattle and I realized that Autumn and Winter were suddenly upon me. The decline from the 60 degree weather of September to now explains my rapid descent into dark brooding music. I have mostly pushed bands like Vampire Weekend and Ok Go to the side […]

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Record Machine: Let It Be by The Beatles

Two weeks ago, I talked about how my dad preferred The Monkees over The Beatles, and how most of the Beatles records I own were originally my mother’s. Pictured therein was the group’s twelfth and last album, Let It Be, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about it in some way.

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Lunchtime Poll: Perfect Albums

Remember when people actually had to buy full albums instead of whatever songs they wanted off of iTunes or Zune? Who am I kidding? No one had a Zune! For those of us old enough to remember, we did buy albums and lots of them.  Especially if you had a Sam Goody or Musicland in […]

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Record Machine: The Monkees vs. The Beatles

Although my father was partially responsible for my great love for music, and the compulsive collecting therein, his tastes would often surprise and amuse me. Perhaps the most amusing revelation is that he had a greater nostalgic love for The Monkees than he did The Beatles.

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Lunchtime Poll: Musical Memories

I just started reading Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s autobiography, Mo’Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, and his love of music really connected with me. He outlines many chapters with songs or albums of which bring memories forward when listening to them. It spawned some really intense emotions in me, both good and bad, because music […]