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On June 4, 2009, I became a Harvard Alum with a degree in music. This is a record of my life thereafter.

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30 June 14 <


"Song for Zula" is the second track on (and single from) Phosphorescent’s Muchacho, a melancholic romp chronicling how Matthew Houck basically lost everything, including his mind, after returning from tour.  The song describes love as this fickle, fading, disfiguring entity, something I think we all can agree on…albeit in different ways, you know, depending on our personal love stories.

The song is also featured during the end credits of The Spectacular Now, a 2013 lesson in how to make a coming-of-age movie.  Seriously.  Watch it.  If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it RIGHT NOW.

I have a hard time deciding if the song is actually optimistic.  I think Houck is admitting that his lost love destroyed him, but when he sings about never opening up like that again, I don’t think he’s given up on the idea of love.  He’s just changed:

See, honey, I am not some broken thing
I do not lay here in the dark waiting for thee
No my heart is gold. My feet are light
And I am racing out on the desert plains all night


27 June 14 <
Lincoln Center (at The Metropolitan Opera)

Lincoln Center (at The Metropolitan Opera)


17 June 14 <


"Bizness", the sixth track on tUnE-yArDs’ w h o k i l l, initially sounds an awful lot like those Pogo videos I love so much, but once the piercing vocals kick in, they add a much-needed continuity that sits on top of the seemingly endless loops and layers (oh, how I loves me some layers).

Interestingly enough, tUnE-yArDs is just Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner.  When performing live, Garbus loops drums, ukelele, and vocals while Brenner adds electric bass, and the result is, as you can hear, something quite extraordinary.


20 April 14 <
39,000 Feet

39,000 Feet


18 April 14 <
Rice Fields (at Bangkiang Sidem)

Rice Fields (at Bangkiang Sidem)


13 April 14 <
Greetings from Bali (at Bentuyung, Ubud)

Greetings from Bali (at Bentuyung, Ubud)


10 April 14 <


For once (ONCE!) in my life, I’m going to disagree with Katy Perry and declare that “Prime” is Allie X’s Spring Jam.  Yes, “Catch" is a great (and more structurally interesting) song, but "Prime" gets seriously stuck in my head.  Her biography on AllMusic describes her sound as “airy yet sassy electro-pop”, which I just can’t stop reading in a cockney accent.

According to Billboard, Allie X is planning on a less traditional rollout which “incorporates original artwork, videos and GIFs”, which is fine and all, but please hurry.  I have a feeling Allie X could be the best thing to happen to Toronto since Joe Carter hit that home run that one time.

(h/t PS)


5 April 14 <
The Lighthouse (at Little Red Lighthouse)

The Lighthouse (at Little Red Lighthouse)


1 April 14 <
Soul Food (at Red Rooster)

Soul Food (at Red Rooster)


2 March 14 <
Cinderella’s Castle (at Magic Kingdom® Park)

Cinderella’s Castle (at Magic Kingdom® Park)