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10 Songs to Steal by Business_Socks

In these tough economic times we here at Style Points have devised a revolutionary way for our readers to still enjoy some cultural enlightenment while keeping an eye on their wallet. Our method? THEFT! So go ahead and get these songs with the notion of repaying the artist by seeing them live when they come around (makes ‘jerkoff’ motion).

1. “Outshined” by Soundgarden

Here’s a track by the seminal Seattle band that hasn’t been done to death. The line ‘lookin’ California/ feelin’ Minnesota’ is the story of my life. I am a handsome yet miserable bastard. Anyways, there’s a great riff and impeccable vocals by the late, great Chris Cornell. I can’t believe the guy’s been dead for what? Eight years? (Checks Wikipedia) Apparently, Mr. Cornell is still alive and well. Sorry. I was thinking of his artistic integrity.

2. “Not What You Want” by Sleater Kinney

I don’t know why this band wasn’t one of the biggest of the decade. They featured incredible guitars, dynamic drums, and a bonafide wailer of a lead singer. Never mind that the lead guitarist and the singer were involved in a torrid lesbian love affair. Again, what’s not to like? Bonus points to singer Corin Tucker for naming her son Marshall. This redneck enjoys your respect of Southern rock.

3. “Memo From Turner” by The Rolling Stones

It’s probably blasphemy to include a Rolling Stones song that Keith didn’t play on but such is life. That awesome slide guitar you hear is actually Ry Cooder. Sounds like a Jewish porn name. Someone else’s parents had a sense of humor, no?

4. “Frontwards” by Pavement

Another song lyric I can relate to – I’ve got style/for miles and miles/so much style that it’s wasted (cool guitar break). That’s me in a nutshell.

5. “Tipitina” by Professor Longhair

If you’ve never been to New Orleans and wondered what it’s like just put this gem on and it’s all there. The alleys, the clubs, brass bands in the street, the smell of the local fare, and yes, even sounds of the tranny bar down around Toulouse and Bourbon. I’m guessing. Anyways, try to find a live version.

6. “I Am a Scientist” by Guided by Voices

Incredible band mostly mentioned because they’ve formed a club with their old high school pals (Monument Club) strictly around the concept of getting drunk. It should be noted that these guys are in their late 40’s. Kudos.

7. “General Specific” by Band of Horses

What the writers say/It means shit to me now. Great lyric and probably describes your attitude toward this feature. Moving on.

8. “We Came to Dance” by Gaslight Anthem

Everyone seems to cream their jeans over “The ’59 Sound” but I like this one more and I’m writing this thing so piss off.

9. “If I Can’t Have You” by Etta James and Harvey Fuqu

If you want to know what 1950’s style whiskey-soaked and smoke-stenched fornication sounds like then drop a needle on this track. Etta sounds absolutely orgasmic when she’s comes back in after the first chorus.


10. “Fond Farewell” by Elliott Smith

Honestly, I just wanted to write about Elliott Smith’s suicide for a second. Two stabs to the heart with a steak knife. I’m hard-pressed to come up with a more horrific way to off yourself. In a fitting bit of symmetry, this music feature will likely meet an untimely and grisly demise as well. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.


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This smeumr I am slated to work with you, Lee, at the Vermont College Post-Graduate Writer’s Conference, where we met in 2009, when you led a nonfiction workshop and I brought what I know now was a novel shell, finished then with three drafts. My novel has progressed significantly since: three new drafts, a lot of refocusing, and now a honing of the first section I want feedback on from you. That section includes images from the 2004 NCAA tournament, a parallel with the baseball at the work’s essence, and a viewpoint character’s rites of midlife passaging.My attendance at the conference this smeumr is contingent on my finding a real job; I adjunct now, and come May, I will once again willow, unemployed in my own midlifing, the same state I have experienced since that 2009 conference. I look forward to working with you, Lee, and hold my breath that I can.Why I respond to this blog post: the bad choices I made in attending Oregon’s MFA program in 1987 continue to haunt me. I am a New Englander, and while I was 27 when I entered grad school, I had just gotten my BFA and was not ready to leave Vermont. So you are right: choose wisely. The opportunity to attend an MFA program is life-changing, and something I am now wishing I could embrace rather than look back on with wonder.

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