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Hey! My sister's boyfriend is in the Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Read all about it here.

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(the final) Comics! 12-18- "The Alcoholic" and "Ex Machina"

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night

Friday, December 19th, 2008

This marks my final Column. I’ve still got a few stories in the pipeline but tomorrow will be my last day at the News & Messenger. 

My adventures with the News & Messenger began three years ago this month during the New York Transit Authority strike.

You may remember the strike because it made national news. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a symbolic early morning walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, showing solidarity with his constituents. Read the rest of this entry

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END OF THE YEAR PLAYLIST

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Oh, c’mon… no serious 2008 end-of-the-year music article would be complete without some Rickrolling. You know what I’m talking about — that Internet fad where you click a link expecting to find that long-rumored Michelle Obama “I hate whitey” video or some other unbelievable clip — and instead get Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Jon Stewart, Carson Daly, even the New York Mets were all Rickrolled in 2008. Astley even showed up to Rickroll the Macy’s Day Parade last month.

That’s it. There’s no better choice for “Song of the Year” than “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

So let’s move on to the songs that actually came out this year and make a playlist. As I’ve done the past two years, I’ve compiled a mix of 15 of my favorite songs from the year. These are arranged in an unranked mix-tape order for your maximum listening pleasure.

Yeah, there are three piano ballads on this playlist, and a severe lack of hip-hop (Lil’ Wayne? Robo-Kanye? Pass.) but hey, it’s my list. What’s on yours?

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End of the year playlist- #1- Mountain Goats- Sax Rohmer #1

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

John Darnielle does his damndest to place the listener smack in the middle of a Sax Rohmer — you know, the dude who created “Fu Manchu” — pulp novel. Chinese spies, fog-filled harbors, capsized ships, it’s all there. The song builds on a simple acoustic melody, hinting at greater things to come (really, what better way to kick off any playlist?). The pay off is Darnielle’s furious hook, really about the protagonist getting home to a loved one, “if it’s the last thing that I do.”

 

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End of the year playlist- #2- The Gaslight Anthem- Great Expectations

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Remember when Bruce Springsteen kicked off “Thunder Road” — easily my favorite Boss track — with a girl named Mary dancing to the radio? “Great Expectations” may as well be the punk rock sequel, opening with lead singer Brian Fallon complaining “Mary the station is playing every sad song.” “Great Expectations” might not have “Thunder Road’s” lyrical scope, but it’s nearly as powerful. Besides, that’s what’s so wonderful about Jersey-based The Gaslight Anthem. They’re not afraid to wear their influences as tattoo sleeves, from Bruce to Tom Petty and the best of Garden State punk.