“Dancing Barefoot” – Patti Smith Group – “Wave” (1979)

Feb 25
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Sometimes it just takes me almost 40 years and so many listens until one day, I sit up a little straighter and just say “wow, that’s perfection.”

She is benediction
She is addicted to thee
She is the root connection
She is connecting with he

– DAVE

“I Can’t Go for That” – Hall and Oates – “Private Eyes” (1981)

Feb 22
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Just because, “just because” day is the funnest sometimes. No agenda, cathartic need, futile attempt at wit. It’s just because. And also, just because CeeLo is in the House.

– DAVE

“What About Us” – Pink – “Beautiful Trauma” (2017)

Feb 22
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What about the victims and collateral damage of freedom?

If we only had a fatalistic expectation that a well-armed militia and those residing along its fringes and wake – such as in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan – would one day cut us down in our tracks, the rest of us could just be ready to hose off the pavement. But we don’t live in Central Asia. We live in and visit places like Clark, Broward, and Snohomish County. Freedom isn’t always free but the freer we are of regulation, the closer we are to our goal in some people’s eyes.

A “well-regulated militia: very debatable whether the state of Florida or the Taliban has more regulations. We Americans primarily regulate according to the size of our chip stack. The Taliban then, might have stricter regulations.

– DAVE

“The Hand That Feeds” – Nine Inch Nails – “With Teeth” (2005)

Feb 16
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Do it. Somebody be brave and just fucking do it. We’ll have your backs. It’ll feel so good. To be a man or woman of the people would give you that feeling that you may have dreamed of when you first got into this game. Nobody’s stopping you. Do it.

Just how deep do you believe?
Will you bite the hand that feeds?
Will you chew until it bleeds?
Can you get up off your knees?
Are you brave enough to see?
Do you want to change it?

– DAVE

“These Days” – Foo Fighters – “Wasting Light” (2011)

Feb 15
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“Don’t say it’s alright
Don’t say it’s alright
Don’t say it’s alright”

You do your best everyday. And then, you try to do it a little better the next day. Nothing is easy but if it is, maybe you’ve got it mastered and need to move onto something else. Or, maybe you’re not doing it right and need to turn up the resistance.

– DAVE

“BagBak” – Vince Staples – “Big Fish Theory” (2017)

Feb 11
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– DAVE

“Warmth” – Bastille – “Wild World” (2016)

Feb 9
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Something quick because it’s late and I’m cold. It’s one of our primary goals. We need to stay warm and dry. There are definitely bad asses in our ranks who can do without one, the other, or both for long spells of time but for most of us, warm and dry are favorablbe conditions.

– DAVE

“Train In Vain” – Annie Lennox – “Medusa” (1995)

Feb 8
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In honor of International Clash Day, I present Annie Lennox. What is it about Clash songs that makes them such great cover material for female artists? One of my favorite covers ever, not just Clash songs, any song, is: Lily Allen’s version of “Straight to Hell.”

– DAVE

“When I Was Dying” – Dan Deacon – “Gliss Riffer” (2015)

Feb 7
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Tight and busy. This is a 4 minute, 19 second controlled fall; it’s the kind you take not giving a damn. You know that you’re drunk or caving to peers but you’re still going to run down hill and end up with gravel embedded in your palms and maybe front teeth but it’ll all be wort it.

– DAVE

“What They Do” – The Roots (feat. Raphael Saadiq) – Illadelph Halflife (1996)

Feb 6
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One from the legendary Roots Crew. How much fun do you think it’s been in Philly for the last 24 hours? Givin’ new dimensions to lit? I hope all of those fans can savor and soak up all of the moments possible. Not that it won’t happen again but the first one will always be the best one so they’ll never really get that feeling again.

– DAVE