Happy New Year! — A 2010 “Retropackle.”

Hey, everyone!  Happy New Year!  I hope that you have a good one, and that you’re surrounded by good food, friends, and music.  It’s been a long year over here (the epic dissertation struggle continues), and I haven’t always been the most attentive (you’re top of the list of New Year’s Resolutions!)… but I wanted to thank everyone for all their love and support.  I’ve been positively blown away by the amount of excellent music that has been sent my way, and the… well, legitimacy, I seem to have stumbled into.

So, in 2011, I’ll be stepping up to keep things rolling around here.  And I hope that you’ll be there, too!  And since it’s customary, follow me for some things I’ve loved this year, as well as some things I’m looking forward to in the New Year!

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Things I Should’ve Mentioned…

Hi, everyone!  Well, I’m back from Scotland.  And even though I’m not yet an immortal, I still had a pretty great trip (including my very first taste of haggis).  Naturally, of course, there’s lots of great stuff to catch up on… So, why not come and join me for a recap of things that happened while I was away?

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New Music: Best Coast – “When I’m With You”

If Earth Day reminds us of anything (oh, yeah, it’s Di’s birthday.  Hi, Di!), then it reminds us that every living thing needs love and sunshine.  And if we can add to that, then fun is definitely right up there on the list.  In the depths of deepest, darkest, dissertation-induced fits of alliteration and sadness, I need all three.  Thank goodness, then, for Best Coast!  Bethany Cosentino’s fuzz-driving, haze-inducing outfit from California delivers hints of lazy Summer days, and better times to come.  Surf guitars, summer breezes, and an ocean of distortion to splash around in.  What could be better, right?

So, follow me to check out a video featuring Ronald McDonald, cats, the beach, and, yes Donny, the In-N-Out Burger.  Then, check out their myspace page for more songs.  Last, if you want to know more, there’s a nice interview over at Fact Mag:

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