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Jason Smith, if he didn't exist, someone would try to invent him. Currently in Austin, Texas.

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All seven of the LPs by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass were in the US charts in 1966.

The Beatles In Mono

Billboard chart history is so fascinating and confounding.

[He] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.
George Harrison’s statement on the assailant who stabbed him more than 40 times in his kitchen in 1999.

nprmusic:

When you think about [Pere] Ubu and The Pagans and Rocket From The Tombs and the Electric Eels — if you’re listening to punk in America and don’t know who these people are, then you’re f—— up.

— Obnox’s Lamont Thomas, via Question Dot GIF

GIF: adamkissick for NPR

(Bonus! Here the full Obnox interview.)

"Bored child face-plants White House sofa as parents meet Barack Obama"

I really hope this kid just sends this photo in with all of his college applications.

Is This Real? - Wipers

Current jam on repeat and LOUD.

Jonly Bonly - “Put Together”

After starting work on this last I year I am very excited to have the final copies in hand! The street date is September 9th and you can buy direct from 12XU here. The release show will be held at Beerland on September 19th.

The fancy color vinyl you see is limited and once it’s gone you can get any color you want as long as it’s black. A lot of people made this happen and I’d like to thank Gerard Cosloy, Samantha Wendell, Mark Ryan, Jeff Burke, Orville Neeley, Marley Jones, and Stephen Svacina for all the work they put into this.

That social networks may remain free—both costless and infinitely flexible—depends on an assumption similar to the one that underlies PPC: that your digital engagement indicates commercially viable interest. That is, social media platforms presume a link between one’s purported interests as expressed in one’s “connections” to a brand and one’s vulnerability to consuming a similar real product. (Indeed your friends have no different status, as data—under the assumption that these links are uniformly meaningful, they too can help predict what you might buy.) The cost effectiveness of targeted ads is measured by their ability to make such “conversions.” That’s the rapturous finale of targeted advertising, the end of the long con: the Conversion.

GL: What do you think this all says about prohibition and the war on drugs?

DB: It shows that moral crusades are really dangerous. People really do believe that they’re on the side of the angels, and that the ends justify the means.

The US government once poisoned alcohol to get people to stop drinking, Vox.com

The Association for the Study of Romantic Letters Presents the First Annual Conference On How to Tell Samantha I Really Like Her. 

The Role of Women in Samantha Studies: Women are awesome, and Samantha is awesome. Dating theory and Mom suggest that I will meet many other awesome women as I grow older and that I should therefore not stress this Samantha thing too hard, since there are likely “other Samanthas” out there for me. But is the conclusion of this theoretical framework really just a total lie meant to dupe me into a lonely death?
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