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Some Sense of Comfort: Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
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Some Sense of Comfort: Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares For Me”

Sitting in my local coffee shop on the morning of the American election results, I was nervously sipping my cappuccino, trying to find some sense of comfort, when, in between the fey folk pop and Postmodern Jukebox lounge covers of Nirvana, I heard that familiar descending piano line, and the sweeping snare drum. Knowing what was to come, it made me smile. I exhaled.

The Water Is Warm But It’s Sending Me Shivers: MGMT’s “Kids”
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The Water Is Warm But It’s Sending Me Shivers: MGMT’s “Kids”

On the corner of Broome and Delancey is a terrible two-part dive where terrible “print is dead!”start-up yuppies come to play pool terribly. The bartender writes terrible ebooks by day and always has the Spotify Radio for The Black Keys turned on, for he believes curating playlists is a “terrible waste of time.” Tonight they’re playing that tired MGMT song that probably wasn’t too terrible to begin with but is ruined forever by Urban Outfitters and overplay at bars just like this one.

Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow All In The Same Room: Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”
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Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow All In The Same Room: Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”

The elasticity of time and the shifting perspectives — all within a single verse, sometimes — was something I’d never heard. What was going on here? It was a world away from “Rockaway Beach.” Standing at the precipice of past and future, this song was easily the most complicated thing I’d ever heard. Surely I could figure it out. Right?