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Friday Genius Ten “Music Missed!” Edition

There were a number of bands I had interest in that I didn’t see at South by Southwest, just because I ran out of time. But one band I did make the time for, and sadly they weren’t able to come. So I’m building my Genius Ten around them, because…

Friday Music Ten “LADIES” Edition

For some reason, the Genius function on my iTunes is suddenly not working, or not working much. Songs and bands it used to work on don’t work any more. I don’t know what to do about this. I was going to do a Genius Ten for the Dum Dum Girls,…

Friday Genius Ten “Keep On Living (And Dancing)” Edition

I was extremely happy to see that the first full-length album by MEN has come out. I got their EP for a couple of bucks at a show that probably was a couple of years ago now, and have been eager for more. The lead of the band is JD…

Friday Genius Ten “Oh God No” Edition

Congrats to Tony Blair, of all people, for being nominated for the Literary Review’s annual bad sex award. The award is usually given for nauseatingly written sex scenes in fiction, and in fact Blair’s memoir is the first non-fiction ever nominated. For this, I dedicate today’s Genius Ten to Tony…

Friday Genius Ten “This Is Why People Become Music Dorks” Edition

They’re such a new band that Genius hasn’t even picked up on them yet, but I still have to share, because they’re so amazing. Last night, we went to see The Hounds Below, and it was one of those all-enrapturing, amazing shows that you wish every show could be, except…

Friday Genius Ten “Hoping Without Much Hope” Edition

Today’s Genius Ten is about the theme of survival and recovery, which is something I know we are all hoping for when it comes to the Gulf of Mexico, even if prospects look bleak. This short song by Bikini Kill is just about that, with a fish reference to boot.…

Friday Genius Ten “Should Have Stayed In Bed” Edition

It’s been hilarious watching so many libertarians scramble and scramble and scramble to insist with their incredibly limited toolbox (which amounts to “believe me because I, a white man, say so!”) on defending Rand Paul. It’s a real illustration of the congenital incapability of libertarians to know when they’re really…

Friday Genius Ten “RIP, Jay Reatard” Edition

The death of Jay Reatard Wednesday morning was a blow, because not only was the garage rocker from Memphis beloved, but he was also only 29 years old. Unfortunately, it seems things might be getting more upsetting, as the investigation of his death has been assigned to homicide and police…

Friday Genius Ten “Yeah, I Will Immediately Think Of 15 More” Edition

Jim and Greg on Sound Opinions put together their mixtapes of their favorite songs of the “aughts”, and while I thought a lot choices were perfect—Flaming Lips, Outkast, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem—there was one band I can’t believe they completely forgot (while putting on The Strokes, no less! A…

Friday Genius Ten “Sorry, Liz Phair” Edition

The big “told you so” news this week was that a University of Minnesota study found that, contrary to the hysteria over the “hook-up culture”, there is no evidence to suggest that casual sex is either the only way kids are getting laid—far from it—or that it causes emotional damage.…

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