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This week me and the fam trekked into the wilds of New England for a brief (working) vacation. When I went to pick up the rental, they didn't have the model I'd requested. So they upgraded us to this tricked-out SUV with a DVD player in the backseat and all sorts of buttons I don't quite understand. I hate when they do that. Family vacations are about parents inflicting their tastes upon children. But the kids today sit in the backseat with their Pretty Little Liars DVDs and their iPod Touches, and go into their own world. It's like they forgot about the jazz, man.


Sucks for them. My darling partner downloaded Best Coast (at the recommendation of our own Eleanor Barkhorn and Spencer Kornhaber) and threw it on the iPod. I'm embarrassed to admit I was enthralled. Not because the band isn't good, but because I have no doubt that their music will be featured on some CW show called "The Cove" in which children are adults, adults are children, and Casey loves Jamie, and Jamie loves Alex, and Alex loves that rugged vaguely Hispanic dude who rides a Harley and will die in the season two finale, and there are black extras in the town, but no black characters, (and I will be weirdly happy about this,) and everyone will seem to agree that anything worth happening to anyone happens between the ages of 16 and 25. 

Anyway. Best Coast is cool. And this is a cool song. With a cool video. It will also be the theme song for "The Cove." Which sucks.

Best Coast "The Only Place" from Doomsday Entertainment on Vimeo.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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