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Pet Please #140: The Ability to Clip Songs That Overstay Their Welcome

Pet Please #140: The Ability to Clip Songs That Overstay Their Welcome

Some of my greatest pet pleases stem from pet peeves. This is one of those. One of my favorite bands is Typhoon. Most of their songs are the perfect length–they build to a crescendo and then end around the 5-minute mark. But CPR / Claws Pt. 2 is a little different. It’s a 3-and-a-half minute […]


What Music Played in Your House When You Were a Kid?

What Music Played in Your House When You Were a Kid?

Yesterday I was working at the computer when, out of nowhere, I had the sudden urge to both listen and sing “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. There is no rational reason for this other than the fact that my parents played their Phantom CD hundreds of times when me and […]


Who Is the Most Famous Alum from Your High School?

Who Is the Most Famous Alum from Your High School?

I belong to a Facebook group for alumni from my high school, and every now and then I get updates about my classmates and alumni from other years. A few years ago, I learned through this group that one alum (a few years older than me) had become somewhat famous. Sara Schaeffer is a comedian […]


The Best Concerts Aren’t Rehearsed

While watching the Super Bowl halftime show today, I appreciated the sheer spectacle of it. A lot of work went into the show, with thousands of people involved. I respect what they did. But I think there’s something about a highly polished, choreographed show that takes away the magic of a powerful musical performance. It’s like […]


My Favorite Songs of 2015

My Favorite Songs of 2015

As I look back on my top-rated songs purchased in 2015 (I purchase individual songs on iTunes), I’m struck by the different ways I discovered these songs. At least 10 of them came from TV shows, movie trailers, and commercials (thank you, Shazam, for helping me identify them!). Several others are from pop culture references, […]


Breakfast at Tiffany’s: I Don’t Understand

Breakfast at Tiffany's: I Don't Understand

The other day I was walking through the grocery store when the 1995 song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something started playing. It’s one of those songs I’ve heard hundreds of times, but it was on this day that I finally acknowledged that I have absolutely no idea what the song is about. In […]


Your Favorite Song Right This Second

Your Favorite Song Right This Second

This is a weird day to write a blog post. This morning I launched a new Kickstarter campaign, and it’s doing better than I ever imagined. It’s been my sole focus all day (I kind of even forgot to go to the bathroom for a few hours, which was a bad idea!), and I’m a little […]


My 3 Favorite YouTube Videos This Month

As a kid, I was rarely allowed to eat fast food. At best we’d get Burger King a few times a year. When we did, it was a special treat, and we always ate at the Burger King as if it was a sit-down restaurant. My favorite thing about Burger King wasn’t the food–it was […]


My Favorite Songs of 2014

My Favorite Songs of 2014

Here is my playlist of my favorite songs I bought in 2014. I’ve listed them in the descending order based on how many times I’ve listened to each song: “Massapequa” by Domestic Robot “Manchester” by Kishi Bashi “Welcome Home” by Radical Face “Don’t Say” by Hannah Cohen “Whirring” by “The Joy Formidable “We Are the […]


Love/Hate: Pop Music

Love/Hate: Pop Music

Two Stories, Same Theme: *** Last week I watched the “Lorde” episode of Southpark. I went online afterwards to see what the real Lorde (she’s a pop singer) thought of the episode, and she was surprisingly cool about it. I had heard Lorde’s hit song “Royals” a while ago, but it didn’t seem like anything […]


You Tell Me: Your Favorite Song Right Now

You Tell Me: Your Favorite Song Right Now

Lately my regular sources for new bands haven’t provided anything I’ve loved, so I was thinking I’d turn to you, faithful readers, to see your favorite song(s) right now. My taste in music skews towards alternative/folk/rock, with a little pop and electronic mixed in. Some of my favorite bands in the past year are Typhoon, […]


Would You Rather Your Favorite Band Become Famous or Stay Relatively Unknown?

Would You Rather Your Favorite Band Become Famous or Stay Relatively Unknown?

I was talking to a friend tonight about one of his favorite bands. He’s followed this band for about 16 years, back when they played at tiny bars where no one paid attention to them…except him. He didn’t even have to pay a cover fee to see them play. Now they’re famous. They have songs […]


My Favorite Songs of 2013

My Favorite Songs of 2013

2013 was a great year for some of my favorite bands…kind of. A few of my top bands released new albums that I just didn’t connect with at all. However, one of my previous favorite bands, Typhoon, released an amazing new album in 2013. As you can see by my list below, they are my clear pick […]


Your Favorite Productivity Music

Your Favorite Productivity Music

It seems that everyone has different tastes when it comes to the type of music they listen to while they’re trying to work. Some people like classical music, their favorite bands, the latest catchy pop songs, or even the background “music” of the TV. Me? I work in complete silence. Yep, no music at all. […]


Pet Please #98: Singers Who Write Their Own Songs

Pet Please #98: Singers Who Write Their Own Songs

What does musical talent mean these days? Specifically in terms of lead singers or solo artists. It’s almost unheard of that you’ll encounter a song where the lead singer’s voice hasn’t been digitally manipulated or aided by eight backup singers with way better voices. I don’t think people notice the difference anymore–we equate a digitally […]


Pet Please #96: Big Bands in Small Venues

Pet Please #96: Big Bands in Small Venues

Never have I wanted an encore more. One of my favorite bands, Typhoon, had just finished an hour-long set at the Old Rock House in St. Louis. The crowd continued clapping and cheering as the band left the building to hang out on the patio. We didn’t stop clapping until they came back in. “One […]


Whose Blurred Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Blurred Line Is It Anyway?

Earlier in the week I posted a blog entry about Miley Cyrus. Sorry about that. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the song that Miley was “twerking” to was a massive hit called “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. I never listen to the radio and I hardly ever pay attention to pop […]


The Song of Euphoria

The Song of Euphoria

As of this second, I have a new project on Kickstarter called Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this game and this project. It is the product of countless hours of research, brainstorming, designing, coordinating, and playtesting. And I loved every minute of it. You don’t read […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: The Boys Are Back in Town

Let's Look at the Lyrics: The Boys Are Back in Town

Maybe it’s because of the sheer number of commercials that feature this one-hit wonder by Thin Lizzy, but I loathe this song. Let’s look at the lyrics: The boys are back in town: Oh, cool, the boys are back in town. I don’t know why you’re telling me, but I guess it’s good to know. […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: I’d Do Anything for Love (but I Won’t Do That)

Let's Look at the Lyrics: I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)

One of the great mysteries of my childhood was MTV. I rarely watched MTV, but every once in a while I’d turn it on when my parents weren’t home to catch up on pop culture. I couldn’t tell the difference between songs that came out that week or 10 years ago, so the hottest new […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: The Thong Song

Let's Look at the Lyrics: The Thong Song

Last week I examined the timeless classic song from The Sound of Music, “Do Re Mi.” Naturally, today I look at the next evolution in music, Sisqo’s “The Thong Song.” If you’ve never heard “The Thong Song,” I’m going to feel really old, so please just pretend you have or go watch the music video […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: The Sound of Music Song

Let's Look at the Lyrics: The Sound of Music Song

I remember watching only a few movies growing up: Home Alone, Pretty Woman (inexplicably, given that I wasn’t even allowed to watch PG-13 movies until I was 13), Newsies, and The Sound of Music. We knew The Sound of Music better than the Von Trapp family. I don’t know why, but it was a family […]


My Favorite Songs of 2012

Do you ever go way back in your music collection and listen to songs that you haven’t heard in years? That’s what happened to me this year after I resorted my hard drive and had to re-rate all of my iTunes music. I’m still not quite done (it’s a slow process) but I’ve really enjoyed […]


Best of 2012: Readers’ Choices

A few weeks ago, I asked you to fill out a brief survey indicating your favorite books, movies, songs, and blog posts of 2012. Before I launch into my personal best-of-2012 lists this week, I thought I’d give the reader responses center stage. These are listed in no particular order except that if one of […]