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Music

10 most overrated albums of all time

Overrated. This term is most often uttered in one of two situations. Situation one: A new band is getting an incredible amount of press for their debut album.

by KEVIN LO

Editor's Picks

Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning I have a theory for how Conor Oberst writes songs.

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Editor's Picks

Kevin Lo: Joanna Newsom, The Milk-Eyed Mender Joanna Newsom begins her shows by approching the front of the stage, gazing out to the back of the crowd and then clapping in rhythm until the audience joins her.

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Vanilla ice rocks

Street worships any man with the balls to carry Gary Coleman around like a sack of potatoes and threaten to put him in a deep fryer.

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Kevin Lo Earlimart Treble & Tremble Few obituaries, tributes or theories about Elliott Smith will properly capture what he meant and continues to mean to his fans.

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Grammy predictions

Record of the year Will win: Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris -- "Yeah!" You might hate it, but it loves you. Should win: Ray Charles & Norah Jones -- "Here We Go Again" It's Ray.

by KEVIN LO

My power, my pleasure, my pain

Any good musician wakes up in the morning with this thought in his head: "Today, I'm going to write the greatest song in the world." This mantra is what drives anyone in the business. But, when Seal wakes up in the morning, he says, "Today, I'm going to write the greatest song in the world.

by JOHN CARROLL

From Petty Theft to Selling Toner, and All the Rocking In Between

The story of Tommy Stinson might just shape the way music-lovers handle telemarketers forever. The one-time Replacements bassist and current solo artist recently made some easy cash selling toner over the phone for a major telemarketing company.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Editor's Picks

Kevin Lo Ambulance LTD "LP" The first time you play LP, skip track one. It's a wonderful track, but you won't realize it until later.

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Editor's Picks

Kevin Lo Rogue Wave Out of the Shadow On the wacky and feel-good "Kicking the Heart Out," Zach Rogue sings, "If music is my lover, you are just a tease." Judging from most of the lyrics on the Bay Area band's debut, Rogue has a witty and biting sense of humor.

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Apple Reveals iPod shuffle

Posters reading "Life is random" lined the walls of last Wednesday's Macworld expo as Steve Jobs and Apple unveiled their newest product in the ubiquitous iPod genealogy.

by KEVIN LO

Warm-up songs

Cold weather got you down? Throw these warm-weather themed songs on your iPod and make snow angels in the Quad.

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Sex and rock and roll

This article appeared in the December 9th joke issue. Bedroom dresser. Second drawer. Right behind my hot panties is one of my most treasured possessions.

by ALOTTA PHUCKIN

Reviews

This article appeared in the December 9th joke issue. Various Penn Students Hookup Confessions: Volume Ever think one of your hookup experiences was truly unique?

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Editor's Picks

In the Aeroplane over the Sea Since this is my last editor's pick of the semester (tear?), I'm going all out.

by NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL

Best of '04

Kanye West -- College Dropout The man behind some of Jay-Z's best work makes his debut, without a college degree to boot. Brian Wilson -- SMiLE 37 years after its inception, Brian Wilson re-records his "teenage symphony to God," who was pleased, but wanted more cowbell.

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Editor's picks

Jim Newell Puff Daddy and the Family No Way Out Buying '97s No Way Out marked an important step in my record collection's evolution.

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Behind the Mask

Picture this: MC So-and-so doing 90 in a sky-blue, drop-top BMW, coasting along the Van Wyck, as the leaves falling from the trees coat the concrete with the carnival colors of autumn.

by JOHN COYNE

We're on Merge Records

Win Butler had no idea how much the last couple of years would change his life. For him, the 2000's have been microcosmic of a lifetime's worth of ups and downs.

by JIM NEWELL

Editor's Picks

John Coyne Vast Aire "The F-Word" (RJD2 Remix) Rap records rarely endure; they just float from fabulous to familiar to forgotten.

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