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Honeyhoney: Hurting/healing music

The proof of a perfect album may be how often a person can repeatedly listen to it without starting to hate it. If so Honeyhoney’s First Rodeo is beyond perfect. I’ve listened to it a million times in the last two years, and it’s still fresh and bracing as a shot of tequila. Honeyhoney is a partnership between Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe. First Rodeo is their first album. It was released in late 2008... read more

The Mercury/Michael spiritual lovechild

Freddie Mercury & George Michael had a baby and they named him Mika. As you would expect from an unholy pairing of Freddie/George, he’s ambiguous of gender and sexuality... read more

They might be GENIUSES

My platonic love for Johns Linnell and Flansburgh — the two headed, harmonizing, vocally-indistinct monster known collectively as They Might Be Giants — goes back to the mid-eighties, when I saw the video for “Don’t Let’s Start” on MTV and secretly liked it even though I couldn’t quite square that with all the Judas Priest and Iron Maiden I was listening to (I was... read more

I love trash! No, Garbage!

I was writing up this schtick for my blog this week, about what Glee might be like if it had been created by Joss Whedon, when the following not-very-deep thought occurred to me: Wow, I really love Garbage. My first encounter with this band came in 1996, when Leonardo Di Caprio was just a wee baby Romeo looking for a very good time with Clare Danes, if you know what I mean, and looking surprised at the... read more