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A Polaroid of the Blogger as a Younger Man

In “The One Where They All Turn Thirty,” Rachel is upset because she thought she’d have found “The One” by that age, and she doesn’t yet realize that it’s always been Ross.

If you know what I’m talking about, then you’re probably as old as Dave, who turns thirty today.

I’ve known Dave since the summer of 1999, when Penn State, having assigned us to be roommates, exchanged our phone numbers so that we could plan who would bring the stereo and who would bring the tv, etc.  IIRC, Dave directed that first conversation towards the subject of musical taste.  Here is my reconstruction of it:

D: Hello?
C: Hi, I’m Chris.  So we’re going to be roommates?
D: Guess so.  What kind of music do you like?
C: All kinds I guess.  I play a little guitar.  I sort of like that band Tool.
D: [silence]
C: Hello?  Are you still there.
D: Yeah, sorry.  I was just thinking of something awful.  Do you like Radiohead?
C: Uh…yeah, sure.
D: Have you ever heard of DJ Shadow?
C: Who?
D: DJ Shadow
C: No, I never heard of him.
D: That’s not surprising.

That year I listened to a lot of new-to-me music thanks to Dave, and in honor of that, I put together a little playlist of a few of those tracks.  Perhaps they will offer Noise Narc’s readers a slight insight into the mind of Dave G.  Feel free to reminisce if you’re old enough.

Space, “Begin Again” [Buy Tin Planet]

Morphine, “Potion” [Buy Like Swimming]

Jeff Buckley, “The Sky Is A Landfill” [Buy Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk)]

Bach, “Harpsichord Concerto No.10 in C Major BWV 1061, II” [Buy Bach: Concertos]

Kula Shaker, “Mystical Machine Gun” [Buy Peasants, Pigs, and Astronauts]

On the bright side, Dave, while you’re now older than all of the technology featured in this video, the kids actually do a pretty good job of identifying what it had once been useful for:

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What little difference a "for" or "to" makes

Last year, as I struggled on whether to include Miike Snow’s debut on my (arbitrary, unimportant) top 10 list, something about one of the tracks really bugged me. It’s not that it was derivative, just an odd coincidence. “Song for No One,” the fourth track of Miike Snow, was backed by an addictive high-pitched surf guitar lick. Jeff Buckley’s collaboration with guitarist Gary Lucas “Song to No One,” the fourth track of Songs to No One was backed by an equally addictive high-pitched guitar lick. Coincidence? Or Buckley’s shady handiwork from his watery grave?

Miike Snow, “Song for No One”
Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas, “Song to No One”

Also: Miike Snow has released a few singles in ’10. Not good. Retroactive delisting?

Buy Songs to No One or Miike Snow at Amazon.

Update: Not to mention, given our recent Twin Peaks post, Buckley’s lyric, “Laura, show this song to no one.” Someone tell Miike MIKE!

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