Heavy Rotation

  • The Clientele -

    The Clientele: God Save the Clientele
    I love this record with its rich pop melodies and guitar feedback. Might be a little mellow for the kids today, but give it a listen on Sunday morning while having your coffee and reading the paper.

  • The National -

    The National: Boxer
    These indie darlings are well worth a listen to.

  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists -

    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Living With the Living
    Hmmm...only way to describe it is Black Flag meets UB40.

  • Ryan Adams -

    Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger
    The alt-country king returns with something fantastic. This is one of my favorite records of 2007.

  • Bob Dylan -

    Bob Dylan: Blood On the Tracks
    I was cleaning out my CDs and forgot that I had this. I could listen to "Tangled Up in Blue" all day. I think this might be my favorite Dylan album.

  • Tegan and Sara -

    Tegan and Sara: The Con
    Go get this record. Do not delay. Sleater Kinney I'm over you.

  • Josh Rouse -

    Josh Rouse: Subtitulo
    Humor me. Just go get it. Give a listen to "Given' It Up" and you will thank me.

  • The Sea and Cake -

    The Sea and Cake: Everybody
    These guys are awesome. I can't decide who is dreamier Sam Prekop or Archer Prewitt. If you are looking for something to listen to this summer, this is it.

  • Stephen Malkmus -

    Stephen Malkmus: Pig Lib
    How can you not love the smart ass lead singer from Pavement? "Vanessa From Queens" is my favorite tune on this whole album. This album is filled with hypnotic melodies and sarcastic lyrics. Fans of Pavement will not be disappointed.

  • Dinosaur Jr. -

    Dinosaur Jr.: Beyond
    J Mascis is back. If you are a fan of Green Mind you will love this record.

  • Marvin Gaye -

    Marvin Gaye: What's Going on
    I love this record from start to finish. With lyrics about drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War, this album was an immediate sensation and has endured as a classic of early-1970s soul. Get the remastered version released in 2002.

  • Urge Overkill - Urge Overkill

    Urge Overkill
    Urge Overkill: Saturation

    An awesome Chicago Band from the early 90's. I used to go see these guys all of the time at Metro, Empty Bottle, and Double Door. These guys played all over the city for a year straight. Check out "Sister Havana" and "Back on Me".

  • The Shins -

    The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
    GO GET THIS NOW...The Shins will change your life!

  • Josh Rouse -

    Josh Rouse: Nashville
    Just simple dreamy lyrics- I love sensitive boy rock!!!! I put his songs on mix tapes for girls I am trying to woo.

  • Cat Power -

    Cat Power: The Greatest
    Some people think Chan Marshall is a mess- I find her dreamy. Go get this record listen to it, then listen to Dusty Springfield, and then finish the evening off with a good belt of whiskey. Call me in the morning and we'll talk.

  • The Hold Steady -

    The Hold Steady: Boys & Girls of America
    Paste rated this album #2 in their best of 2006. I gave them a listen off of that review and let me tell you they rock. What I dig most about them is the fact they sound like a drunken Springsteen. This album is loaded with a ton of heavy guitar riffs and lyrics you can't understand. RUN DON'T WALK to your nearest record store and pick this bad oscar up.

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May 16, 2007


Miz B

I've got one! I'm in NYC, walking through Times Square, middle of January, 2000. It's a crisp, clear day - not that I could see much of it, given that I'm 5'2" and spend most of my time looking at people's collar bones and shoulder blades when navigating the crush of humanity that is the Amex/Disneyland of 42nd, 7th and Broadway.

In any event, so, I'm swimming along in the sea of people, minding my business, when I happen to glance to my right and note this very interesting tattoo on the neck of the black woman walking next to me. It was a sort of black coil with these squiggles emanating from its center - it was striking, not for the least fact that it's a tattoo on someone's NECK, which, hello, big pain, ouch, aw hell no, none for me, thankyoubye.

And then it hits me. It's HER. It's M'Shell Ndgocoapoisdlasdnfaosij! (I can't see the top of my screen right now for proper spelling, and I'm a lazy ass. Sue me.) Anyway, I can't help myself. I say, like a yutz, "Uh, uh, hi. Are you....you are. I...I love that Passion album." At this, she smiles and looks over at me. (She is, indeed, beautiful, exilegrrl, no doubt!) She sort of laughs at what an adorale little moron I am, and then asks me if I want to come see her in concert! THAT NIGHT! AT ROSELAND! So, of course, I say, "blaha blaedoa flem flaba dabba doo...uh...I mean, yes. Of course. I would love. To come see you. Play. At...where is this, now?" So, she opens her bag and pulls out two passes and just gives them to me, just like that, right there in front of god 'n everybody in Times Square. And then I made her sign my journal (sigh...ah, my twenties; so grand), which I still have, stupid poetry, letters to crappy boyfriends and M'Shell Nnaynayojello's autograph and all!

And the show was awesome. Except she opened for Tina Marie, who was shrill and drunk and not really rockin' the most flattering outfit I've ever seen, no lie.

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