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  • Air France “Collapsing At Your Doorstep”

    I just read about the Air France plane crash , Air France Flight 447 from Rio to Paris, and, sadly, it reminded me of this old post featuring one of my favorite jams from ‘08, Air France’s “Collapsing At Your Doorstep”.

  • Malcolm Gladwell On David Vs. Goliath

    The New Yorker published a recent essay by Malcolm Gladwell, titled Annals of Innovation: How David Beats Goliath, in which he argues that Davids actually win when they realize their weakness and challenge the convention, and conventional wisdom: What happened, Arreguín-Toft wondered, when the underdogs likewise acknowledged their weakness and chose an unconventional strategy? He went back and re-analyzed his data. In those cases, David’s winning percentage went from 28.5 to 63.6. When underdogs choose not to play by Goliath’s rules, they win, Arreguín-Toft concluded, “even when everything we think we know about power says they shouldn’t.” It’s a really great read, particularly for fans of hoops, and more specifically college hoops (and Rick Pitino-coached, full-court-pressin’ college hoops at that), but casual hoops fan or not, give it a read.

  • Kidrobot Shrinks the Beatles to 27 Inches (and $2,500)

    Kid Robot is slinging this amazing Beatles limited edition set made by Abs Plastic and created when “Medicom teamed up with Silly Things to create these beautiful blue versions of Paul, John, Ringo and George.” The set of four figurines, each 27 inches in height, is retailing for $2,500.00.

  • “Louie Louie” Uncovered & Covered

    Like Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson & Clover”, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B,” “Louie Louie” is one of my very favorite songs of all time - I can listen to it and listen to it and listen to it. I was able to track down twenty-one versions of “Louie Louie”. ENJOY.

  • Trent Reznor Pulls AMAZING April Fools’ Joke

    In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, NIN pulled a pretty funny one by pretending to be releasing a new album, Strobe Light, PRODUCED BY TIMBALAND, featuring all of the names you would totally expect (Alicia Keys, Bono, Chris Martin, Fergie, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Sheryl Crow).

  • New Band I’m Digging: Harlem Shakes

    I first read about Harlem Shakes a few days back in a post-Southby recap published in the New York Times; while the words I read kind of had me at hello, it wasn’t until I finally listened to their music that they had me. They remind me of different predecessors (Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, Grandaddy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, even Stereolab) at different time and while this happens upon occasion every now and again, rarely does it just remind me of awesome music because it’s just plain awesome, rather than derivative or just plain derivative.

  • Clem Snide Takes Their Music On The Road

    clemsnideghost A few shows into a tour of the States and Europa in support of their most recent release Hungry Bird, Clem Snide is playing Upstairs at the Middle East tomorrow night in Cambridge and, should you find yourself without other plans, it should make for a fun show in an intimate little room. If you live outside of Boston and want to hear a couple of their songs, read on..

  • Slip In & Out of Phenomenon: the Music of Liquid Liquid

    Here’s a couple jams by the New York post-punk act Liquid Liquid which a friend got me back into recently. Their track “Cavern”, from the Optimo EP, recorded by Don Hunerberg was sampled (actually played by the Sugar Hill house band) on Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel’s “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”. The original records were pressed in very limited quantities on the 99 label (pronounced “nine-nine” - more on 99 here), and, ironically, this is what effectively killed that record label (read below). Though the pressings were small the impact the music has made is lasting and far reaching.

  • “Can’t Help Falling In Love” Visited & Revisited

    Listen to Eels, Ingrid Michaelson, Pearl Jam, UB40, U2, and more artists, cover Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” originally written by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, and based on “Plaisir d’amour” by Jean Paul Egide Martini. It was rewritten for the 1961 film Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis, who would obviously make the song insanely popular thereafter.

  • My Ida Maria (almost) Love Affair Continues

    I’m sort of an Ida Maria fan: the only thing really keeping me from total fandom is the understanding that, someday very soon even, she’s going to completely blow up most likely as a result of one of her songs being licensed by a brand like Apple and everyone saying “I’ve been into her for SOOOO long” at which point I’ll probably wish I had not ever told a single sole (not too mention blogged about it) that I was digging on her. With all that said, here’s “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” from Fortress Round My Heart:

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