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Unexceptionalcore

There’s a special feeling that comes from taking joy in doing something you’re not especially good at. It’s the joy of being a child. The freedom of being without self-awareness. In a time when feeds are filled with talented and exceptional people, it’s easy to forget

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Taxonomy of a top ten list

01 The Consensus Pick The first choice sets the tone for the entire list. A critic can either go for the consensus top pick, which earns the trust of a reader, or make a grand statement by choosing an unlikely number one. 95% of the time a critic will opt

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"The Paritsan" and "Tezeta"

There are pop songs for war and there are pop songs against war, but there are few pop songs about war. "The Partisan" is a French folk song written during World War II that gained popularity in both Paris and London. It's written from the point of view of a

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"Baby's on Fire"

Over the past two days I have done nothing but listen to four different versions of a song called "Baby's On Fire." The first is the original version by Brian Eno; the second is a cover by German DJ Superpitcher; the third is by a Satanic industrial dance band called

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Rough guide to Pavement

A couple of years ago I decided to narrow down the entire Pavement catalogue into my twenty favorites songs, and I posted these as a week-long series on the eMusic blog, 17 Dots. There are a few things that I might change at this point, but by and large I

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The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up

My first piece of published writing. It ran on Pitchfork.

The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up