DOUG FIEGER & SHARONA KNACK

Doug Fieger would have been 68 today. Do you even know that “My Sharona” is actually taken from a girl with the same name—Sharona Alperin?

PHIL LYNOTT 71

He would’ve turned 71 today. Happy birthday, Phil Lynott! Bring Thin Lizzy boys back in town!

THE NATIONAL: I NEED MY GIRL

Matt Berninger, the oaken baritone singer of The National, is like, as Pitchfork said: a Cary Grant interpretation of Leonard Cohen. Or I’d say: the Neil Diamond of indie rock.

SPACE ODDITY

Today, 51 years ago, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie was released. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the song is about the launch into space of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut.

JOHN HINCKLEY JR. FOUND NOT GUILTY

38 years ago today John Hinckley Jr., was found not guilty of attempted murder—he tried to kill President Reagan—by reason of insanity.

LOU DOILLON: WHERE TO START

Been religiously listening to anything by Lou Doillon. Her voice, totally breathtaking. Hot damn. Oh, in case you don’t know, Charlotte Gainsbourg is her half-sister and Jane Birkin is her mother.

GALLOWS: MISERY

A sad, painful, anxious & venomous song. Sung by half human half wolves.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS: SACRILEGE

Arty yet sexy take on garage punk meets Karen O’s riot glam-grrrl persona, two badass elements that shaped Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

THE BRAVERY: AN HONEST MISTAKE

Still remember this almost-New Order, The Smiths-sadness, dark synth-Gary Numan, faux-The Killers song? Still remember “An Honest Mistake”?

MAGDA X INDRA7: FRIENDLY PRESSURE

A fun little Jakarta-Bali collaboration between Magda and Indra7, covering a trip hop classic, “Friendly Pressure”, originally sung by Jhelisa.

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