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My Top 5 “Emo” Songs


1. “Lost In The Supermarket” by The Clash
I didn’t realize until last year that this song is actually sung by Mick Jones. My favorite Clash song is not sung by Joe Strummer. Now I know how it feels to be a Ringo fan. Angst, anxiety, depression – Jones hits all the right notes with this one. One of the best pop songs ever.

2. “Night Moves” by Bob Seger
This song reminds me of Nicole, a girl I hooked up with during the summer of 2000. I was 17.

3. “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2003. College. Sophomore year. Angry. Bored. That was the same year I discovered Brooklyn and Karen O. Thanks MTV2.

4. “Can’t Hardly Wait” by The Replacements
I’d like to think that if I never got into emo, I would’ve found my way to The Replacements. Say all you want about their post-Stinson era, I love this song. Very raw and very heartfelt. That was The ‘Mats in five words or less. This song pulls at my heartstrings.

5. “Incinerate” by Sonic Youth
Any song that opens with “I ripped your heart out from your chest.” is bound to go nowhere but up.

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Top 5 Resolutions for 2009

1. Freak out less about stuff I can’t control.
For some reason, my inner fifteen year old insists that I can still be James Dean – despite the fact that James Dean never saw 26. Done and done.

2. Read at least one book a month.
I own over $400 worth of literature, but have barely read $150. We’re in a recession, you do the math.

3. “Jump off the ledge”
Metaphorically speaking. Be more willing to say “Yes, and…” in real life as I do on the stage.

4. Get out of the country
It’s been five years since I last went international. Present leading candidates: Cuba, Berlin, Czech Republic, Spain.

5. Relearn Spanish
This one is an honest long-shot, but not impossible either. I studied Spanish for six years and can barely speak three sentences now. I’d like to think that can change.

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It’s The Economy, Stupid…

I was planning to post new video today, but my wifi crashed this morning. So, as I’m waiting for YouTube to upload on a plug-in modem, I present…

Best 5 Things About New York In A Major Recession

  1. Graffiti is back.
  2. More people want to see comedy.
  3. Less tourists in Times Square – Midtown is actually tolerable for the first time in 16 years.
  4. Everybody still with a job is working harder than ever.
  5. Blogging about the recession seems relevant, and could lead to sex from blog groupies.

Worst 5 Things About New York In A Major Recession

  1. Crime is on the upswing.
  2. Bars are closing earlier.
  3. Unemployment.
  4. More trash is appearing on the streets.
  5. Depressed yuppies, which are worse than happy yuppies.

Hopefully, the video will be ready in another hour; thanks for hanging in there!

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