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>listening to in fall:

patti smith – radio ethiopa
can – ege bismaya
cock sparrer – shock troops running wild
jesus and mary chain b sides
wendy rene – after laughter comes tears
aaliyah – are you that somebody
tlc – baby baby baby
northern soul b sides
judas priest – rocka rolla
free kitten – nice ass
45 grave – sleep in safety
jade – don’t walk away boy
aaliyah – one in a million
prince buster – a change is gonna come
lord jimmy – im your puppet
leftover crack – gay rude boys unite
sonic youth – bull in the heather
todd rundgren
notorious b.i.g. – ready to die
prince buster
t.rex, david bowie, and iggy pop

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August 31, 2008 at 3:58 am

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>i love america

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August 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm

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>Doing our Woody/Diane impression in Soho

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Alex Frank


Alex Frank and Bethany Cosentino

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August 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm

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>You’re all i need (to win this election)

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>New York Magazine said one interesting, 60’s related thing in their coverage of the convention last night:

Fourth, Michelle Obama played Tammi Terrell to the hilt. In their élan and their obvious affection for each other, Barack and Michelle recall Marvin and Tammi. And the Obamas’ call for an inspirational can-do liberalism echoes Democratic politics from the era of Motown, JFK, and Mad Men, just before the cultural and political breakdowns Barack Obama has campaigned on moving beyond. If Barack and Michelle can highlight the early-sixties vibe of their appeal, they’ll be a mainstream hit, which is why right-wingers are so eager to brand them as late-sixties-style radicals instead. Last night, Michelle launched that reintroduction. She related warm stories about her family, and her delivery was intense but graceful. And she wore a mint-green dress that bared her clavicle but not her knees.

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August 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm

>China china bo bina

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>I might have talked about this before, but I absolutely love this article and especially this opening quote:

“Don’t tell anyone,” Rem Koolhaas said to me several years ago as we headed down the F.D.R. Drive in New York, “but the 20th-century city is over. It has nothing new to teach us anymore. Our job is simply to maintain it.”

ANXIETY

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August 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm

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>Pretend vacation

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>I didn’t take even one vacation.

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August 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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>Another round of: PICK YOUR DECADE!

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VS.

Both troubled, tortured bad boys, do you prefer James Dean’s heroin and alcohol induced 1950’s badness and heartthrob hair or the unkempt, pyschedelic 1960’s stylings of Mr. Syd Barrett? Take your pick ladies and gents.

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August 25, 2008 at 3:00 am

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>Olympic-size misunderstanding

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August 23, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Posted in late 60s/early 70s

>Chaos

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>I like this book review because it highlights the need for journalism to express chaos, which is really hard to do. You know because writers use grammar and syntax and correct spelling and all that so aesthetically its hard to match the chaos of a situation.

Joan Didion does it best obviously, but I’ll have to read these two books to see how they do.

I’ve always thought the music of Martha & the Vandellas sounds like chaos – not an easy feat considering the control and tightness of the Motown sound factory. Maybe it’s because “Dancing in the Street” has those undercurrents of revolution or because Martha Reeves freaked out Brian Wilson-style while on acid, maybe its because their songs are frequently used in movies over images of social unrest or Vietnam and “Nowhere to Run” was said to be “seen as one of the songs played heavy by troops during the Vietnam War”, but something about many of their songs, more than any other soul of the 1960’s, sound like turmoil.

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August 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm

>U.S.A.

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>Clean all-American-ness that has nothing to do with Abercrombie & Fitch:

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August 23, 2008 at 5:04 pm

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