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In Need of Tunes for a Tuesday

Song Lyric of the Day:

I don’t know what this is / But you got me good / Just like you knew you would / I don’t know what you do / But you do it well / I’m under your spell

Duffy / “Mercy

I want new music and I have iTunes gift cards burning a hole in my virtual pocket. My problem is that I don’t know what I should buy. Anyone got any recommendations?

To give you an idea of what I’m into these days, my current favorite album is Writer’s Block by Peter Bjorn and John (oh, how I love “Amsterdam”). My wish list of artists I want to play in Knoxville includes Franz Ferdinand, Flogging Molly, The VLA, Snow Patrol, Paul Oakenfold, The Von Bondies, and The Fratellis — and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Of course, this being Knoxville, it’ll be a miracle if any of those groups ever makes a pit stop here. (Note to Flogging Molly: We have Irish pubs here! I swear we do!) Since not everyone who lives here likes country music (ahem).

I’ve also been listening to Moby‘s 18 and The KillersSam’s Town albums a lot lately. Not as eclectic as my tastes usually run, although I’m also listening to disco and ’80s music (best. music. ever.) as part of my workout playlist (I highly recommend MP3-compatible treadmills).

In the spirit of new music, I’ll leave you with Duffy‘s video for today’s Song Lyric of the Day, “Mercy.” Be sure to check out her site — she’s got other equally kickass songs available for listening.

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Pattie Lee and The Mystery of the Old Children’s Books

Song Lyric of the Day:

Would you go along with someone like me / If you knew my story word for word / Had all of my history / Would you go along with someone like me


At lunch today, I ended up telling my friends about these cool books I had as a kid. Since both friends are 10 years younger than me, they had absolutely no clue what the hell I was talking about. The problem is, for the life of me, I can’t remember what the series was called. They were comb-/spiral-bound, approximately workbook-sized, so they’d lay flat when open, and each page of the book had a little vinyl disc that looked like a record on it (I remember yellow and blue discs). You needed the special little hand-held “record player” to place on top of the disc; you’d press the button, and — voila! — the book was read to you. I specifically remember Disney books that I had like this (one about a haunted house), but I’m not sure it’s a Disney-only thing. Does anyone remember these? For my sanity’s sake, I sure as hell hope someone else out there remembers these and can tell me what they’re called. And, no, they’re not the book-record combos. The records were part of the books. Lots of Googling and searching eBay haven’t yielded anything.

After talking about these books today, I was reminded of how much I loved them and how they were some of my favorite books as a kid, particularly since the characters’ parts were read in the characters’ voices. I was crushed when I called my mom today to ask if she still had them, and most importantly, the player, and she said that she got rid of them long ago. I just need to hear the series’ name so I can hunt down some new ones and hopefully find a player on eBay. Fingers crossed someone else out there can refresh my memory.

*Today’s Song Lyric of the Day is the result of my friend, Frank, asking me yesterday if I knew “that whistling song that’s everywhere this TV season.” If you’ve watched Dirty Sexy Money, Gossip Girl, or Journeyman (RIP), you’ll know exactly which song I’m talking about. Watch the official video at Peter Bjorn & John’s website. Watch a montage of this season’s TV show use here:

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