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    On and Ever Onward – Songs of 2010

    by  • May 22, 2016

    This week on Bubble Wrap, we dove headlong into songs from 2010 which turns out to be the year when disillusionment really set in. Bjork’s exhortations notwithstanding, we had some SOS’s from the Black community with The Roots How I Got Over and Beeda Weeda’s Baserock Babies.  The Scissor Sisters reminded us that we...

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    Beeda Weeda – Baserock Babies

    by  • May 18, 2016

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    One of the better songs of 2008 seems to have vanished without a trace — Baserock Babies by Oakland’s Beeda Weeda. Like The Roots and How I Got Over, they don’t bother to sugarcoat the reality of urban life for people of color.  Sure, the song is funny in a grim kind of way...

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    Swim Until You Can’t See Land: Songs of 2009

    by  • May 6, 2016

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    2009 was one of those years for me.  Without a lot of warning, my life turned upside down and my father died — not exactly a happy time. That’s why it surprised me when I listened to the music I collected in 2009 and discovered just how much good music there was that year. ...

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    The Department of Foreseeable Outcomes: More Songs of 2008

    by  • April 30, 2016

    On Bubble Wrap, we continue our review of indie music of the recent past with more songs of 2008.  It was the year of hope and change, although you couldn’t tell that from the music.   2008 brought us a few memorable debuts — Santigold put out Les Artistes that year (from her Santogold CD),...

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    Go Out And Love Someone: Songs of 2008

    by  • April 13, 2016

    On Bubble Wrap Radio, we focused on the music of 2008 this week, causing us to relive the year as listening to music often does. Obama was elected — yay?  I wasn’t so sure, but he was better than that other guy. Personally, 2008 wasn’t the best year in my life.  My father clearly...

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    It Was Acceptable At The Time: Songs of 2007

    by  • April 6, 2016

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    One of the fun things about surveying music by year after the fact is seeing which artists carried on to greater fame.  In some cases, they are not who you’d expect.  When I first heard Calvin Harris’ It Was Acceptable In The Eighties, I thought it was a silly song.  Then I happened to...

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    We Are The Ones: Songs of 2006

    by  • March 31, 2016

    2006 was the year we discovered that turning your back on the real world only gets you so far.  Some of us travelled aimlessly.  Others paired up.  Politics was pointless so we ignored it.  And then there was the music–ironic, alienated, a little sad.  Amy Winehouse released Back To Black that year — we...

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    Star Witness: More Songs of 2005

    by  • March 24, 2016

    On March 23, we played all the songs from 2005 that we didn’t play last week plus assorted funky tunesters (Michael, Janet, Evelyn “Champagne” King).  This made for what my mother calls a mish-mash, and what’s worse, I can’t really vouch for the authenticity of this playlist because of all the cross-outs… If I...

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    So It’s Come To This: Songs of 2005

    by  • March 17, 2016

    2005 was a year of resignation for many of us. It was a time to turn away from politics and get on with whatever we found important in life. There was a resurgence of love songs. Others pondered the bigger questions of life, the universe, and everything. For me, 2005 was definitely a drop-out...

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    Enduring The Aughts: Songs of 2004

    by  • March 10, 2016

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    As we struggled to figure out how to program our radio show, Bubble Wrap, we decided to focus on the indie music of the 2000s, starting with the first year for which I had a lot of music, which was 2004.  To put 2004 in context, it was the fourth freaking year of the...

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