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I shiver in my bones: The best of 10,000 Maniacs

My gateway to Serious Music, 10,000 Maniacs functioned as such things should: mild incitement. Listen to an early track like “Planned Obsolescence,” collected on 1990’s Hope Chest. On one speaker a riff distorted beyond recognition, evidence that someone was listening … Continue reading

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Taking aim at a modest proposal

I’ve read Facebook acquaintances who should know better writing a variation on, “Let’s train teachers to carry weapons.” My answers: (1) I’m not paid enough to teach a hundred students per section yet you want to train me to murder … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Billy Joel’s ‘I Go to Extremes’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The state with the prettiest name, part #851

A dandy distillation of Florida’s gun laws, i.e. none. Print and hang on your fridge! You don’t need a permit or license to buy a gun, nor do you have to register a firearm. You don’t need a permit to … Continue reading

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Once again — the carnage in Parkland

At the dawn of the new millennium I covered Parkland as a Sun-Sentinel news intern. A quiet city undergirded by an opulence that avoided ostentation — Al Gore visited several times that autumn (it remains a Democratic stronghold in Florida’s … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Bruce Springsteen – ’57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)’

Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” PEAK CHART POSITION: #68 in May 1992. No lurker on Springsteen message boards, I have no idea how die-hards regard Human Touch and Lucky Town these days. When Springsteen released this pair in … Continue reading

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New York gets its Ingmar Bergman retrospective. Make your own.

Despite its status as a cosmopolitan center, standing astride a doomed peninsula and the broth-warm waters of the Florida straits, Miami is Cape Coral next to New York City. Goddamn Film Forum and its centennial retrospective on Ingmar Bergman. In … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Robbie Robertson’s “Somewhere Down the Crazy River”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Singles 2/9

It’s February, which means we were overdue a Drake single. This one has been #1 two weeks. I’m sorry I already covered “Hotline Bling”. In other news: times were tough for former college radio stalwarts. Click on links for full … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Heart’s “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Let’s meet up in the year 1995: The best of Britpop

Should I finish my collection of short stories, bound for Pulitzerland, and die before fifty, then the scholar bees may find certain reviews in my college paper blasting Pearl Jam for not having a sense of humor and holding up … Continue reading

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