Listening

A Crush Admitted

Spring is taking its time this year, teasing us with a few warm days. When the weather’s nice, I want to listen to HOT 97. My finger’s drawn to the pre-programmed rubber button on the hood of my radio. And three times in the last two weeks, when I dialed in, the “Official #1 Station for Hip Hop and R&B” was playing the same song: a ballad with Spanish guitar, a man singing falsetto, a great drum break. Then you reach the lyric: “U wanna roll with me / U wanna hold with me / U wanna make fires and get Norwegian wood with me.”

The mp3-blog snob consortium doesn’t approve of Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You,” but YouTube is one with the people, it doesn’t care, it knows a perfect pop song when it sees it. So, instead of the song, a video to tease:




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As an obsessed podcasting fan of Mark Ronson’s “Authentic Shit” radio show (knowing my own trajectories, I should burn out in a month or so), I’m excited for Ronson’s new album, soon to appear, so I can toss my teased pirate version. His record is a pile of covers, and one I’ve liked the most is the roadhouse stomp “Valerie,” originally by the Zutons. Wino-house covers it for Ronson’s album in her best Vaughn tribute, but the original’s a keeper.

» Listen to “Valerie,” at snuh


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This first appeared on my radar yesterday, but it was a good companion for work, and it made me look up several artists: Counterstream Radio, music by American composers. Thankfully there’s an iTunes link so you don’t need to keep the browser player open.

» Listen to Counterstream Radio


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Pop pop pop pop new new new new: Fanfarlo, “You Are One of the Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us.” I will have forgotten both the band and the song name by dinner.

» Listen to “You Are One of the Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us” at Music For Robots

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Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of the Year). His nonfiction appears in a variety of magazines, mostly GQ. More information can be found at rosecransbaldwin.com. More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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