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March 24, 2012 12:00 PM Political Animal Springtime Lunch Break Music Funsplosion!

By Jesse Singal

Kind of a slow news day, even for a Saturday, eh? At least it’s lunchtime. I am in my hometown for a few days, so I am going to go take advantage of my current proximity to the legendary Pino’s Pizza by going there and gorging myself on a couple (or, more realistically, a few) slices. One of the really depressing signs that I am getting older is the steadily climbing price of a “#1”—two slices of cheese and a soda. The earliest I can remember, it was $3.85. Now it’s $6. I blame Obama(?).

While I’m gone, a Spotify playlist! (If you are not yet on Spotify, which is free, you should be; it is life-changing. Here is me drooling all over it in The Boston Globe last summer.) Just a random mix of stuff that I have recently discovered, like Astronautalis, and old favorites like Modest Mouse and Why? Some of the songs have bad words, so do not click on the link if you are a precocious baby (if so, thanks for reading! Though you should probably be spending your time developing your motor abilities and acquiring basic language skills).

Also, I am always open to music recommendations, so if there’s something I need to hear, definitely let me know in comments, or, if you are Spotified, just send me the song at CowboyDan617.

Back soon.

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.


  • meander on March 24, 2012 12:53 PM:

    My eclectic music mix from the last few days:

    * "A Sailor's Life" by Fairport Convention, featuring the wonderful vocals of Sandy Denny and searing guitar of Richard Thompson (important note: this is the version on the Thompson compilation "Watching the Dark", not the version on Fairport's "Unhalfbricking". The "Unhalfbricking" version is lethargic, IMO.)
    * "Agua" by Si*Se, a techno-ish Latin-American band from the early to mid 2000s, from the album "More Shine"
    * Yo La Tengo's "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One" (the only Yo La Tengo album I like -- the others just don't work for me.)
    * The Kraak and Smaak remix of Caro Emerald's "Back It Up"
    * The Decemberists' "King is Dead"
    * Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense." I love the poly-rhythm on "Slippery People" and exuberance of "What a Day that Was"

  • Patrick Star on March 24, 2012 1:48 PM:

    I've recently discovered "Donny Hathaway Live", after hearing his live version of "What's Goin On", which left me sitting in my car with my jaw dropped open. The combination of Donny's singing and keyboards, along with his killer backing band (just listen to those basslines!) is just amazing. Some further research has revealed that this record (sadly out of print (!) although individual songs are available on other recordings) pops up on many, many lists as one of the best live records of all time. Given the tragedy in Florida recently, an appropriate song for the times. On Youtube:


  • 2Manchu on March 24, 2012 2:02 PM:

    This week is the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Iron Maiden's "The Number Of The Beast". One of the best albums ever.

  • Scott R on March 24, 2012 3:17 PM:


    Modest Mouse fan from Boston Indeed.

  • Paul at Predictable Funk on March 24, 2012 4:29 PM:

    I would like to shamelessly plug the band Predictable Funk. I say shamelessly because I am 50% of Predictable Funk. But from what you said, you might like us. I know we're on Spotify, but if you have trouble finding us, we are also at:



  • fignaz on March 24, 2012 7:28 PM:

    John R. Butler's "The Hand Of The Almighty" (WARNING! NSFW lyrics)


  • Bahrain on March 25, 2012 1:23 AM:

    Spotify changed my life. No longer do I have to travel with a huge TB drive to get my music fix!

    Nice playlist btw