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Turtlenecking with the Best

Before he and John Linnell started They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh was in a band called the Turtlenecks (even though it seems to be Linnell who actually WORE turtlenecks more often), which he’s mentioned before as sort of a … Continue reading

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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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Our Christmas Monkees

The Monkees, Christmas Party – The new Monkees record is a collection of Christmas songs, some old and some new. I like Christmas music (as well as winter music that gets lumped in with it because no one wants to … Continue reading

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I Can’t Turn Off What Turns Me On

I don’t know why, but it’s become more difficult for me to review music as of late. Part of it is probably just that I don’t get a chance to listen as much as I used to, but I’ve had … Continue reading

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I Can’t Pretend to Be Someone Who Pretends to Be Someone Else

Here are some thoughts on the four albums I received for Christmas: The Rutles, Archaeology – Shortly after the release of the Beatles’ Anthology project, Neil Innes reunited with John Halsey and Ricky Fataar to record a new album of … Continue reading

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Father’s on the Drink Again

A song I heard a week or so ago that I hadn’t listened to in a while is “Story,” by the Minus 5, which is on their first album Old Liquidator. It’s a pretty amusing track, basically a short story … Continue reading

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Feels Good to Be a Superstar

Grand Duchy, Let the People Speak – Grand Duchy is a project that Black Francis had with his wife Violet Clark. I guess you could say it’s sort of like Mono Puff, the side project by John Flansburgh of They … Continue reading

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