A few nights ago, I fell asleep to “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber (think Platoon, or the scene in episode 140 of Seinfeld where Frank flashes back to being a chef in the Korean war), and unfortunately it was still playing when I woke up nine hours later. It powered me through some terrifyingly epic dreams. Eight minutes turned into five hundred and forty, and from now on I’ll be sure to be frugal when using the repeat button on the iPod.

Here in the print shop for the past weekend, I’ve taken many pee breaks out by the Ramskellar, and the sheer volume of aural vomit spewing from the mtvU-ridden televisions outside the commuter lounge is enough to make anyone go crazy.

Clay Aiken is officially gay, the claymates are going wild, he now has a son, and there is better music in the world than mtvU ( I got my first 5 q-tip review as editor in this issue! Whoa!). Enjoy.

Read Earwax (PDF version).

Ill-Legal Download List:

“Daylight” – Matt & Kim
In a mere 2:51, Matt & Kim’s new single “Daylight” will put you in a groovetastic mood. The Brooklyn duo’s jam is one of two songs released as a precursor to their upcoming album “Grand.” “Daylight” starts off with a sunny piano diddy, then adds in some synth and a bumpin’ rhythm to make for a more complex sound than one would expect from the band. The song is still completely danceable, just as all Matt and Kim songs are, but in a more subdued way, making for one freaking awesome song

“Two Way Street” – The State Lottery
“A gun in your hand don’t make you a man. Child, there’s no such sacrament. And bravery is a two way street, when the truth is somethin’ you don’t want to see.” These are the types of sort-of-commited political lyrics that so define folk punk. Never stepping past the line of seriousness, but enough pith to make any sixteenteen-year-old passionately drink a forty or sharpie an anarchy sign on his hand. And who doesn’t like hearing uninformed musicians yelp about political opinions they can’t support with concrete reasons? This particular song, “Two Way Street,” is infused with a dying passion; one that meets its demise by the end of the album, the growing-up spirit that might be ruining folk music, punk music, and the music that is both (cough, cough).

“Absentees” – Monikers
Monikers, with their debut album Wake Up, have offered an array of early-Jawbreaker style punk with catchy licks, raspy vocals, and lyrics about being hungover. “Absentees” starts with some poppy lead guitar, steady distorted rhythm, and a slowish, bouncing bassline to carry it through. Fronted by former Discount guitarist Ryan Seagrist, it can’t be bad, and trust me, it isn’t.

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