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Song of the Day: “No Rain” by Blind Melon

Ah, the early nineties, when it was a generational statement to say you were bored. In the post-cocaine, post-yuppie world, many of the cultural heroes were shitheads in, or recently out of, school who didn’t know what do with their lives, and didn’t particularly care. Think Bart Simpson and Beavis and Butt-Head. Richard Linklater even…

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Song of the Day: “Shine” by the Newsboys

When I was maybe twelve years old, my uncle and cousin (both devout born-again Christians) gave me two CD’s for Christmas: a Skillet album and a best-of Newsboys album. Both, unsurprisingly to me, have strong Christian messages. While I ended up enjoying both of them, I really stuck to The Newsboys (not to be confused…

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Song of the Day: “What You Do To Me” by Teenage Fanclub

Teenage Fanclub, the terribly named but wonderful band with the terribly titled and covered but wonderful album Bandwagonesque. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time, a slightly grungy blend of power pop and off-kilter indie sensibility highlighted by fuzzy guitars and hooky, simple tunes with great vocal harmonies. They’re basically a Scottish evolution…