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bye bye maxwells

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It was a bittersweet day in Hoboken, NJ for Maxwell’s owner Steve Fallon, yesterday.  “An end of an era,” die-hards would say.  Maxwell’s, a music landmark in the Metro area, located on 11th street between Wash and Hudson Streets, is closing its doors after a 35 year run.

The past month was jam-packed of sold out shows such as The Feelies and Titus Andronicus.  Over the years, the hot spot has showcased REM, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joan Jet, and the Smashing Pumpkins.  The final night’s show was done properly, as it was a sort of reunion show for “a.”  “a” was the band that opened Maxwell’s in 1978, whose members have since dispersed and formed the Bongs, and the Individuals.

Said to be the CBGB of New Jersey, it seems as if Maxwell’s succumbed to the same doom. Apparently, as property values (and miserable parking availability) rise, the music scene in Hoboken is less than lackluster, in so much that the venue can’t even support itself on brewskis at their “sold out shows”.  Interestingly enough, the owners took over the spot that used to be a tavern frequented by workers at the Maxwell’s Coffee plant in town.  This is such a shame because Hoboken is #trendier than ever and could really use Maxwell’s to add its appeal.

So to all my Hoboken residents: GET IT TOGETHER.

-j

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ryan.angelface.gosling.

Ryan Gosling, everyone.

I actually could leave you with this photo, and this photo alone, because it just speaks to you…am I right?

But I won’t.  I’ll make you drool even more because Ryan Gosling sings.  Ryan Gosling sings words that were dipped in gold by the hands of angels.  Afterall, he was in The Mickey Mouse Club with that guy Justin Timberlake.

Proof (at 1:45):

And remember when he serenaded us Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine?

Well, ladies and gentleladies, that was the real Ryan Gosling.

And his band, Dead Man’s Bones, is real.  It’s real enough to sound like a mixture of The Doors, Arcade Fire, and something I can’t put my figure on quite yet.  Oh, I know, it’s the sound of those words being dipped in gold by the hands of angels.

Proof (at the whole beautiful thing):

And as if you needed something a little more Ryan Gosling, this pretty much sums up how a, c, and I (and any other human being for that matter) feel about God Ryan Golsing.

-j

(other actors who are BAMFmusicians)

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Hearts A Mess

Gotye does it again.  He absolutely nails these “emotional train wreck of a person” songs, which I would like to refer to as “Heartbreak Anthems.”  Now, I’m not saying that a song must make you feel heartbroken in order for it to fall into this category, but perhaps just evoke some kind of serious emotional reaction when listening to it.

With this said, this song is from The Great Gatsby album, duh.  Fabulous, fantastic and a goddamn Heartbreak Anthem. a

P.S. This video is pretty cool.

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bucket list

Ok, here it is, as promised.

Disclaimer:  You will want to add this to your bucket list ASAP.

Disclaimer #2: You will fall for Ben Howard whether you like it or not.

-j

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PS 2013

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Hey, guess what?  It’s been 10 years since The Postal Service’s only album, “Give Up.”  TEN YEARS!

To celebrate, Benjamin Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, TPS’s duo, are reuniting!  The men plan to release a delux edition on the album in addition to a few tour dates (some of which include Coachella).

Benjamin Gibbard released is solo album, “Former Lives,” in late 2012, so it doesn’t look like Zoey Deschanel’s ex and Tamborello will be hitting the studio anytime soon.  Nothing has been confirmed, however.

Although Death Cab, The Postal Service, and Ben’s new stuff all sound incredibly similar, “Give Up” is still an album you can listen to in its entirety…ten years later.

-j

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three (y)ears

Eh, so what if this is three years young.  This will forever remind me of and sweet New England summers.  And it is a sure way to get you through part of your Monday.  You’re welcome.

-j

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