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Hey Playtonics,

Check out my review of Saturday night’s Dirty Projectors concert at The Bowery Presents The House List:

http://houselist.bowerypresents.com/2009/11/dirty-projectors-sell-out/

P.s. Check out these Two tUnE-yArDs Videos. tUnE-yArDs was the opener for Dirty Projectors and she is fantastic. Kind of like Nina Simone meets Animal Collective playing ukulele in Africa.

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Shuffle Up and Deal!

Hey Playtonics,

Do you ever find yourself hitting the shuffle button on your ipod, itunes, or any other i, and the result is a highly prophetic mix of songs? Growing up I had a friend who used to say that the shuffle function can act as a kind of magic 8 ball. Ask it a question (doesn’t have to be a yes or no question), hit the shuffle button, and interpret away. The following is my “Ask the Shuffle” mix for today: (more…)

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¡MASHUP MONDAY!

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Yo Yo Yo Playtonics,

Recently I have been listening to a lot of mashups which got me to thinking that perhaps I should share some in a weekly segment I like to call “‘¡MASHUP MONDAY! Here is the inaugural list of mash ups, complete with ratings (out of 5 stars) and descriptions: (more…)

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When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

Hey Playtonics,
 
Today I think I’ll lighten (or darken depending on how you interpret these comics) things up with everyone’s favorite, The Nietzsche Family Circus. The site describes itself in the following manner:
 
The Nietzsche Family Circus pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote. Refresh the page to see a new comic and share your favorites by clicking permalink.
 

Also, if you are interested “the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle”, check out Garfield Minus Garfield (shout out to my boy Reich for telling me about this site). The general idea may be self explanatory but the results are fantasic… (more…)

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I’ve been on a Hunter S Thompson kick today. It started with reading “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, a fantastic piece of writing often attributed as the birth of Gonzo journalism. From there I watched numerous interviews and biographical videos on Thompson. Most are familiar with his drugy odyssey, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but most of his work is truly interesting and stylistically unique. Since he was a prolific writer in his lifetime, I assumed he wrote something germane to music. From a google search I found the following quote, credited to Thompson:

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.

Sounds like Thompson, right? Wrong. (more…)

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Music to Mice’s Ears

Hey Playtonics,

Today I checked out the twitter page of Dan Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain On Music & The World In Six Songs. I am currently reading This Is Your Brain On Music and I enjoy his approach of examining music from a psychology and neuroscience standpoint. In his most recent twitter post, he linked to an article on the Popular Science website which reports that scientists have bred mice who retain great hearing in old age. I feel like I may need one of those newfangled mice ear transplants if I keep up my music listening habits.

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Hey Playtonics,

Check out my review of Friday night’s Girls and Real Estate concert at The Bowery Presents The House List:

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