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“Human, Like the Rest of Us; Weak:” How Jukebox The Ghost’s “The Spiritual” Shows the Futility of Internalizing Human Struggles

The last two weeks of classes are heavy times, so instead of discussing a lighthearted song while I take a break from doing final projects, studying for final exams, practicing for my trombone jury, and preparing for the LSAT, I’m going to tackle a song with a heavy subject matter. Take a seat, grab a security blanket or stuffed animal, and prepare yourself for it. If you’re not ready or ever want to click away, here’s a cute video of some bison calves playing.

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“Adult Alternative;” or “White Guy With an Acoustic Guitar”

Matt Nathanson is one of the few acts I have had the privilege of seeing live more than once. So far the only others are Frank Turner and Frightened Rabbit. But he has the special distinction of both times occurring when I was still in high school. I’ve mentioned this before, but Johnstown Pennsylvania isn’t much of a destination for live music so when something vaguely exciting comes everyone goes. And that happened my sophomore year of high school. Kelly Clarkson, of all people, would be playing the Cambria County War Memorial Arena with support by Matt Nathanson. I went primarily for the opener and he honestly put on a better show than Clarkson did. A few months later he was headlining a show in Greensburg and I managed to convince my mom to allow me to go. But his shows are about half music and half comedy shows and are he’s a pretty funny guy.

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“Nervous in the Alley:” Why Pre “All Star” Smash Mouth is the best Smash Mouth

If you haven’t somehow heard the 1999 massive hit “All Star,” off of Smash Mouth’s sophomore record, Astro Lounge, please show me the rock you called out from under so I can use it to escape from distractions while I’m studying. All joking aside, the song has been everywhere, from movie soundtracks, to countless memes on the internet. And while it is a GREAT song, all memes and jokes aside, it is far from Smash Mouth’s best output. In my opinion, that is their their first record, Fush Yu Mang¸ which was released in 1997, at the height of the third wave of ska’s popularity.

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