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  1. Musical Pairings: Quilt – Quilt

    Stop me if you heard this one before. The story goes something like this: a trio of art school students bond over the discovery of their shared appreciation for experimental song structures, psychedelic music and good-old fashioned pop harmonies. Naturally, they form a band and subsequently tour the “underground” music scene on the east coast Continue…


  2. Musical Pairings: The National – Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers

    Many of my favorite college-era music-related memories were set at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I wasn’t a student there. In fact, it was a two hour drive from the University of Dayton where I was enrolled. Nonetheless, I would visit friends there often enough that I could likely qualify for an honorary degree. Initially, Continue…

  3. Musical Pairings: Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker

    I believe that everyone has a happy place. It’s that place you can go to clear your head, breathe a little easier and take on life at a slower pace. The place where it is hard to not be happy. Of course, it doesn’t have to be just one place, and sometimes that place changes. Continue…

  4. Musical Pairings: Stars – Set Yourself On Fire

    OK, I know that New Year’s resolutions are cheesy. It doesn’t help that they are so easy to break either. Like most people, I’ve broken far more than I’ve ever kept. Still, I argue that there is never a bad time or bad reason to try to make yourself better – and the start of Continue…

  5. Musical Pairings: Kid A – Ppponey OST

    It is 2012. Honestly, when I think about that, my mind is blown. After all, I was raised in the 80’s when hearing Prince sing that “We’re going to party like it’s 1999” made me contemplate how mind-bending and bizarre parties would be in the far distant future. A future that came to be about Continue…

  6. Musical Pairings: Spoon – Kill The Moonlight

    Let there be no doubt: Spoon is easily one of the top five greatest contemporary rock bands. In fact, very few bands have ever managed to consistently release albums at the quality most fans have learned to expect from Spoon. They are that perfect “go to band”: the one that you know you can go Continue…

  7. Musical Pairings: The Black Keys – El Camino

    My tastes in most things in life, especially food and music, are not very consistent. I have a cousin who half-jokingly told me that she only eats pepperoni pizza – and only from one very specific pizza place. That is not something I can relate to. I can’t fathom willingly eating the same thing every Continue…

  8. Musical Pairings: Cat Power – You Are Free

    You Are Free blew my mind the first time I heard it. That was nearly nine years ago, and it still retains that power when I listen to it today. It’s startlingly direct in its minimalism. With strongly affecting melodies Chan Marshall finds beauty and greatness in songs whose foundations are often built with little Continue…

  9. Musical Pairings: Tom Waits – Real Gone

    Calamari (especially the tentacles) are one of those divisive food stuffs. Some people find the tentacles (and in some cases squid in general) gross and disconcerting. To be fair, I can’t imagine there are too many people who didn’t have at least a brief moment of hesitation the first time they tried tentacles. But those Continue…

  10. Musical Pairings: Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape

    I think an argument can be made that the quality of a hip hop track is 75% a reflection of the producer. It’s no accident that many of the best hip hop albums of all time featured devastating, fresh beats. Personally, I’m even willing to overlook weak rhymes and inconsistent flow if the beats and Continue…

  11. Musical Pairings: The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow

    You may have heard of today’s Musical Pairing before: The Shins. They’ve been around for awhile now. But although they are pretty seasoned indie-rockers by this point, they’ve always reminded me of youth and new beginnings. Specifically, I associate them with my own “new beginnings” back when I first moved to San Francisco in the Continue…

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