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A letter from me to you

Hey there, everybody. My name is Brian McGovern. Some of you may know me as the person who writes the column entitled “Spin It Round, Flip It and Reverse It.” In fact, almost all of you reading this right now w...
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China Pops

If you’re not particularly outraged by China’s violations against human rights and like to high-five A LOT, you’ve no doubt been watching the Olympics. I know I have! In honor of the global competition I though...
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My good friend Craig

Whether it’s purchasing old VHS collections or arranging to robo-trip with a complete stranger, Craigslist is the place to go to get what you need. One of the best sections on the yellow page-like site is the “...
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Guitar Hero and our nation’s youth

So have you kids heard of the games called Rockband and Guitar Hero? It’s that video entertainment device that makes it appear you can play instruments when in reality you can’t at all. The best part is that it...
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Two Sides of a coin

When I hear the words “pop music” two names, two geniuses, come to the forefront of my mind. Not Lennon and McCartney but two greats that sit on opposite ends of the spectrum; Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson. Both...
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Won’t you please come to Chicago

Just to sing? No Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, just to stand around in 90 degree heat and be assaulted by maxed out PAs and giant sunglasses! Yes, Pitchfork Music Festival is dangerously close and soon thousa...
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Boy silence

Last week, everybody’s favorite guy who stands behind a laptop, Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk, announced his North American tour dates and, as I’m sure many of you know, will be bringing the most schizophrenic part...
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A close reading of Obama’s iPod

Obama, everybody’s favorite presidential candidate under the age of 72, recently told Rolling Stone the contents of his Ipod. No doubt he had finished updating the pod shortly before the interview (likely with ...
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Mariah Carey-Cannon?!

I’m writing this article on Sunday. I wonder what has happened in between the time this reaches my editor to the time you are reading the line you are reading right now. For instance, do we have any conclusive ...
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They call him Mr. A-Z

I like to peruse the Billboard charts on occasion. This week, I happened to do so to laugh at Jason Mraz’s pitiful debut at 52. It’s always nice to see that no one cares about things they shouldn’t care about. ...
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TV on the Internet?!

On April 9 the new Internet-television channel Pitchfork.tv was launched. Featuring music videos, live performances and exclusive music films, the new arm of the cyber-indie giant is pretty impressive. But whil...