NEW SONG BY THE JOHNSTONES!



Okay, seriously, this song is so fucking awesome and catchy. It's my best friend/roommate's band as most of you know... a band that I've heard for the past 10 years constantly, and amazingly enough still LOVE.
It's almost awkward how much I love their songs.
SO much that I know every word, and listen to it non stop (third time already today).

Can't stop won't stop! (but don't tell them that)

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OLD MAN MARKLEY / TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET / NOFX

This past Friday
Old Man Markley
Teenage Bottlerocket
NOFX
Kool Haus
Wowzers
What a line up!

I have been looking forward to seeing Old Man Markley since the first time I heard them. I was beyond stoked that they were playing this show. Unfortunately by the time I got in I had already missed 2 or 3 songs, FUCK, but the ones I saw were everything I had hoped they'd be and more.
The band is made for the stage, the chemistry between members is totally infectious. I think I love them all like my own family now that I've seen them. Is that creepy?
They played all the songs I hoped, and a Screeching Weasel cover (which at first I was pissed about, but fuck it, they were a great great band, but still Fuck Ben Weasel).
Highlights from their performance include the dude with the washboard being awesome, the female singer(s) with the gorgeous voice(s), the main singer/guitar player dude literally getting down low when focus was directed to other members, and the fact that he introduced them all fully at the end of their set. Oh, and every song they played, and how much the audience loved singing along... that was all awesome too.

Teenage Bottlerocket were the best part of the night though, hands down. Despite having seen them a bunch before and despite some technical problems in the beginning. I'd even go as far as saying they were better than NOFX. Seriously. They kept introducing their songs as being the best song, which was fucking hilarious, and played every song I was hoping to scream along to that night. Woooooo!
NOFX were definitely awesome though, don't get me wrong. But I have never been the BIGGEST NOFX fan, I know a lot of songs and like a lot of songs but never was a hardcore fan. Except for of "The Decline". So I have to admit I got a little bored during their set. I mean, it was really long. And they waited even longer before coming out to do an encore, and when they did I just stood there hoping for the end. Is that bad? I enjoyed it. They were fucking tight, and you could hear the audience singing along to every single song, and everybody was super stoked on it, and they played songs like "Linoleum" and "Bob" and "She's Nubs" and "Herojuana", "It's My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite", "Pharmacist's Daughter"... and so on. It was definitely an epic show for those epic NOFX fans, so like 99% of the people there.
My favourite part however was when they performed/mimed to the song "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" at the end of their encore. That was fucking hilarious. And totally racist.



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All 90's.

Wow. So I fucking love this site 8tracks.com. It's the best thing to happen to me at work since ever. You can just pick any random keywords for what kind of music you're looking for and BAM they'll give you your choice of playlist.
Obviously I chose 1990's as my keyword, and this is what came up. It's already amazing me. All the songs you loved but forgot about, and a bunch of wicked songs you never heard. Brilliant!


Here's the playlist I've heard so far:
How Bizarre - OMC
Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
Real World - Matchbox Twenty
Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
Torn Natalie - Imbruglia
She's So High - Tal Bachman
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
Inside Out - Eve 6
All For You - Sister Hazel
Closing Time - Semisonic
Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me) - Blessid Union of Souls (LOVE LOVE LOVE)
Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
The Impression That I Get - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Roll To Me - Del Amitri
Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) - Nine Days
Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik
Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry
Shimmer - Fuel

I can't pee because there hasn't a break in great songs. fuck. I just drank a lot of coffee too. *screwed*

Enjoy!

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NXNE: Sunday

The last day of NXNE came far too fast, but thanks to The Mark Inside it went out with a bang.
I missed Pharcyde in Y&D Square earlier in the evening because I just couldn't muster up the energy to deal with that crazy crowd. BUT, I did get off my lazy ass to go to Sneaky Dee's for 11 and caught a band I saw once upon a time long ago and never forgotten.
Despite the unfortunate lame Sunday crowd The Mark Inside brought it like it was Massey Hall. They deserve to be rocking sold out shows at Massey Hall. I really think these guys are one of Toronto's most overlooked, under-appreciated rock bands.
Each member has their own way of getting into it, and boy do they all get innnnntoooooo iiiitttttt. The singer in particular looks as if he's possessed by the spirit of psychedelic'y but 90s'y rock and roll, or like the Spirit of Jazz from the Mighty Boosh...

The spirit of whatever rock N roll him all the way into the audience on more than a few occasions, and he'd stand there for minutes just playing right in the middle of the floor, surrounded by excited fans.
And for the intro to "Lime Green Monkeys" he used a 50 (beer) to play his guitar... was this his move the last time I saw them at Sneaks like 4 years ago?
Labatt 50, not just a cheap beer.
It was tiiight.
Everybody was.
Not to single out the singer, because the rest of them were just as entertaining to watch. The other guitarist and the bassist were grooving the shit off of the stage, and the drummer was apparently as good sitting down as he was standing up and wailing away.
It really was the perfect set to bring NXNE to a close.
And well worth getting off my butt on a Sunday night to see.

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NXNE: Saturday

BEST BAND EVER DAY!
And by that I mean A Wilhelm Scream night at the Opera House. My favourite live band to see ever even though I've only seen them once before.
But first I had to sit through two kind of typical, normal, whatever performances. The first was Sharks, who literally all I have to say about is 'Meh'. The second was Mockingbird Wish Me Luck who I hear about all the fucking time but had yet to see, and all I could think while I was watching them was who are all these dimwits talking this band up so much. Like, really, Zzzzzzzzzzzz. I couldn't care less for them.
Okay, so maybe the anticipation of AWS was really getting to me, but who can blame me? Seriously? Can ANYBODY blame me?
Second time seeing them and I still stand by the fact that they are THE best band ever to see live. I love their energy, their happy faces, their audience interaction, their ripping guitars and their bang on everything, and the fact that they rock the F out, and they love each other, they have fun together, they have fun on stage, they KILL EVERY SONG.
Face.... OFF.
Why?
IT WAS ROCKED.

I have my music on shuffle and "The Rip" by AWS just came on as I write this... spooooooky... yet awesome.
Now you're probably going to gasp at this but I didn't stick around for Hot Water Music.
I know I know, but there was another show happening downtown, a very different show than this, that I had planned on.
And actually, to be honest as much as I like the band they were never an epic part of my high school dayz, so I made the choice to leave. I did just see Chuck Ragan a few nights earlier, so don't hate me. I bet it was wicked.

We left to catch a man by the name of Chad VanGaalen who is much much softer/slower than the previous bands, but quite talented nonetheless.
It was at The Great Hall, which is apparently the headquarters for slutty hipsters, and a band who I previously believed I liked called Braids were still on when we got there. Uhhhhhhh first of all it felt like somebody on stage should have been holding up Simba in front of all us wild animals. Second, the singer made the most annoying sound that dug into my brain and squeezed it way too tight, and even worse the bass was slow and reeeeallllly repetitive n boring. LAME!
I was hoping Chad would pick us up out of this dirt level performance just like AWS had done earlier but, to my dismay I hated his performance just as much if not more.
Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the hipsters, maybe it was his band or maybe it was his guitar with no head that he had no idea how to tune.
Actually it was probably all of that.
The small talk sucked, and I ended up puking a couple times in my mouth during his set, and quite possibly BECAUSE of it. It was a chore to pay attention, and when I was forced to by his band strumming out "You Really Got Me" I wish I hadn't because it just made me extremely pissed off when it turned out they weren't just strumming it, he had actually WRITTEN IT into a song of his own.
WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
It was terrible.
Officially the WORST song I heard throughout NXNE. Lucky for him I'm not doing an award system this year through my reviews.
Just terrible.

Kind of wish I stuck around for HWM after all....

I didn't take pictures for this show, once again, if you care you can go soak your head.


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NXNE: Friday

Friday Friday, got to get down on Friday... blah blah blah blah weekend weekend weekend weekend fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun... Friday Friday I went to the Horseshoe on Friday.
The line up was, like, crazy good - that is after the first band. The Darlings kicked it off, and okay yeah I was drunk and didn't see their full set or whatever but what I did see didn't blow me away.. it was kind of boring to be honest.
But that's okay, because Black Lungs were next and they made up for it in rocking-my-face-off like they did the first time I saw them. Holy cow, man. They played fast and hard, just like how you perverts masturbated in your parents shower a few minutes ago, and I blew my load all over the person standing in front of me when they (ahem, we) finished.
Okay, now here's the thing... I started to have a serious drunk on right about the time C'mon hit the stage next. My notes say 'amazon', and since I highly doubt it was some kind of reminder to go search Amazon.com for their album I'm going to go ahead and assume it's supposed to be 'amazing', which yes, they were. When Shane interviewed Ian Blurton for me not long ago we asked what he was most known for, and he said C'mon. And he's done a hell of a lot of really wicked shit, band-wise and producer-wise. The reason for that lies not in their recordings, but in their live show. Rightfully so.
Now, I missed seeing OFF! the other night at Y&D Squrrr so that I could experience them for the first time here at the Horseshoe, and fuck, guaranteed that was the best decision I made all week. They (the singer at least) were surprisingly older and - more 'partied out' some might say - than I expected, but that didn't reflect on their performance in the slightest, unless you can attribute the fact that there was WAY too much talking to the age... maybe you can? Seriously though, short sets guys, less talk more rock!
(can't believe I just said that.)
The Pack A.D. were the last band I saw that night unfortunately because being blind blows and my contact fell out BAH (as if that happens in real life) meaning I missed Deerhoof's surprise performance, which I'm told was super fucked up but good. I'm not sad on The Pack A.D. being the last though, anything to have that performance stand out the most even in a mind as drunk as my own. It was all sorts of groovy, and I kind of got lost in it and the guitarist who I developed a mini crush on. SHMOOKIN! Anyway, thank you contact for not falling out any sooner at least, posi posi.
Friday Friday...

I didn't take pictures of this show, go suck an egg if you currr.


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NXNE: Thursday Night

I never thought I would see Fucked Up perform during the daytime hours at Yonge & Dundas Square... but NXNE put together some wack shit and that's exactly what I did see on Thursday.
It was FUCKED UP. hehehehehehehe wow I'm so (not) clever.
It was actually pretty decent, aside from not being able to see anything but the screens and not even spotting the singer until about halfway through when I realized he was deep in the crowd, well off the stage. Which kind of sucked because he is hands down the best part of the band when they're live, the rest of the schmucks on stage don't do much whatsoever and look so fucking bored and sans emotions. But even still, they put on one helluva PG show, and were way more polite than I've ever seen them.
The crowd was huge, and it was too much of a hassle to push my way through it for The Descendents (I skipped OFF! because I was seeing them the next night at a real show and didn't want to bother with the Y&D craziness, so I went to a bar instead) but even from far at the back it was the show of a lifetime. I REALLY wish it wasn't in Y&D Square but I'll take what I can get. This was another life altering moment of NXNE, seeing this band who I had grown up on basically, and probably will never get a chance to see again. Age was extremely apparently only by looking at them, especially in the case of the drummer who was fucking insane -- SO GOOOOOD -- and super happy the whole time. Unfortunately the crowd was packed full of dickwads, at least around where we were standing, and they started SKANKING (huh? since when are The Descendents a ska band? You can't spell skank without the ska dummy's) and I guess up near the front as well because about halfway through some cuntscab whipped a bottle at the stage, hitting Milo Aukerman in the head. He was a fucking superstar about it, not even acknowledging getting smoked at all and continuing to play. I would have stormed off stage while flipping the bird to everybody. They played a song live that day they've never played live before (can't figure out what it was, sorry) and even had 2 cute little boys (his kids?) come up on stage and read off their All-O-Gistic commandments. It was great! I know I say this too much but it was also EPIC. Whatevs.

I ended up at the El Mocambo (upstairs) after all this hubbub and stumbled upon one crazy/cool, theatrical, mind blowing performance by the band Tomboyfriend. They had bizarre outfits on and the singer had this sad clown lipstick etc painted on his face that fit his voice SO WELL that I wanted to cry. In a good way. Hands down this was the best discovery of NXNE for me, so check them out, mang.

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NXNE: Wednesday Night

First of all call me crazy but I'm pretty sure Dave Hause is my long lost brother. Seriously, I am going to do something I never planned on doing on this blog - post a picture of myself splitscreened with Dave. (We're on a first name basis now since we're probably related..)


How's that for lookingalike?! Or is it wishful thinking on my part?
Anyhoo, his show at the El Mocambo (downstairs) kicked off my NXNE in the best possible way, and was actually the show I was looking forward to the most. I missed him last time he was in the city and was devastated, and since I've never seen The Loved Ones (my favourite band, or at least one of) I just HAD to catch him this time around. He made my life by playing a few of the bands songs, like "Living Well", and brought Chuck Ragan and friend on stage with harmonica's blazin'. It was phenomenal. Kudos, brother/cousin/uncle/...daddy?
Next up was Kevin Seconds who I never thought I'd have a chance to see. Remember 7 Seconds? Because I sure as fuck do. That dude is 50 years old and can still rock the shit out alone on stage with a geetarrr and his still flawless voice. It was EPIC. He even played a 7 Seconds song and told the crowd that the band is still kickin' it... holy fuck! It was pretty funny witnessing such an 'emo' performance compared to what that band can do, but I loved ever second of it.
Last up (at least for me at this particular venue) was Chuck Ragan. I didn't get a chance to see Hot Water Music unfortunately so it was really fucking wicked to get to see him do his solo thang, which I actually have listened to more than Hot Water weirdly enough. He began his heart-stopping performance with my bro Dave on stage blowing and sucking on his harmonica before the rest of his string accompaniment joined him. It felt like a dream come true, standing so close to the stage with him in front of me. He has a new album out in September and the song(s?) he played off it sounded a lot like my lover Tim Barry. I can't wait for it.
My NXNE was already made after this epic elmo trip, but luckily the festival had only just begun.

I hopped over to Rancho Relaxo to finish off the night with Careers in Science, a band who I have fallen head over heels for since I first reviewed their album and they played my birthday show. They are some kick ass mother fucking punk rock nerds, and they continue to blow me away every encounter I have with them. They rocked Rancho into the early morning and I couldn't have asked for such a perfect end to a perfect NXNE night.

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A round of applause for NXNE ...

After CMW and other such crap festivities I wasn't quite sure what to expect to NXNE.
And you know what, it was actually WAYYYY better than I ever thought it would be.
From the ticket buying/pass getting to the line up to the line upsss it was really well put together.
Not only did I have to wait maybe 5 minutes tops to get into all the shows combined over 5 days, but when you got into the show you more than likely would get to see all the artists just hanging out around you, enjoying the music among their fans.
Even Yonge & Dundas Square was the least amount of shit show you'd have expected. Even if you didn't get anywhere near the stage whatsoever and had to take pictures of the screens for the sake of being there. (yup, I'm one of those losers)
Not once was I told that despite having a media pass I would have to pay to get into a venue because they had a pass limit (see cmw, f you) annnd the fucking pass had my name on it. Huzzah!
Everybody seemed happy about it, and it helped that there was so much else happening here in Toronto like the College street festival, nice weather, (I'm NOT referring to the MMVA's) which brought out so many more artists into small pubs or parks who weren't included in the actual NXNE shows -- and probably some who were!
The special guests they kept secret until the show was happening were all ones to be excited about, and once again there were really fucking siqqq bands playing this year. I mean, the best live band in the world - A Wilhelm Scream - played. And Dave Hause of The Loved Ones. And The Descendents, Hot Water Music, Careers in Science.. can you say PUNK?!? Finally.
It was a taste of how wicked it would be to get down to SXSW someday...
NXNE WIN!


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Devasted... not to be confused with 'devastated'... or Rancid.

Whoa. I really wish I had gotten a chance to listen to the Italian punk rock band Devasted before today. My past self is kicking my current self for not being able to enjoy these guys until now. I have yet to finish the album but already I know they are my new favourite band. Tits down.
Why?
THEY SOUND LIKE RANCID.
But not like they're ripping off Rancid, just like they're as fucking awesome as Rancid.
And Rancid is my life long favourite band.
Fuck Jersey Shore, Italians should be out representing these guys instead of those dumbass poofy haired fist-bumping bitches (that's referring to the guys too:|) who can't even spell words like 'devastated'.... hehehe jk.
Really, I fucking love these guys.
They're basically Rancid 2.0, new and improved, and Italian.

Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.

Check them out on their bandcamp.

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The Ear Bone's Connected to the... Brain Bone!

I can’t tell you how flattered I was when I received an email from Emanuel and the Fear themselves (or at least from their email account!) asking for their new EP to be reviewed by yours truly.
I found out about these guys a year+ ago and was absolutely infatuated for a while. They’re this layered pop band from Brooklyn who use practically an entire orchestra as part of their delightfully eclectic chamber rock sound.
It is easily the coooooolest music that I have heard since I discovered them.
This new EP is no different.
Intense build ups, theatrical vocals resembling Conor Oberst, strings galore, and beats to win over even the most cynical fans of rock n roll.
Now excuse me while I go relieve my ear boners with a few more listens HERE on their facebook page.

(Photo credit: thanks chris for drawing an ear. haha)
For fans of good music of any style. It’s just damn fucking good. Goddammit.

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The Closest MusicSheBlogged Will Ever Come To Church!

I received a review request from a band who, within the first line of the email, fully acknowledged that their music probably wasn't what I normally would listen to, and they were right. I almost decided to pass up this review because of the whole NXNE craziness that is this week but the concept of the album intrigued me enough to want to put something down on paper (and by paper I mean on my computer screen).
The band is called The Clauberg Opera and this is their second full length album called Church. Can you imagine why it wouldn't be up my alley normally? Hehe.
What's actually really neat about it is the fact that (to paraphrase what they wrote in their email to me..)
parts of the album were recorded in several different churches found in the North Yorkshire countryside, giving the record some awesome acoustics, and in turn has created a unique 'church' feel.
The album also includes unique sounds created by Throbbing Gristle's GRISTLEISM machine (TG are a major influence).
(Again, just to be clear that part above was taken right out of the email they sent me, don't credit me for those words!)
They describe themselves as chill out, ambient, soulful, gospel, electronica.
As un-churchy and non-religious as I am I actually find gospel music quite inspiring and beautiful. And the mix that they created using all the above genres is not something that I have ever really heard before. It's gorgeous, thoroughly epic and although sometimes too ambient/chilled out for my attention span to agree with there are some songs which remind me of the out-there-ness of bands like Mars Volta (crazy comparison, I know) which I think it's absolutely awesome.

I highly recommend checking them out.



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Protected Left: Great band, even better drivers... probably.

First of all, just for kicks, the definition of Protected Left is: When there is a green arrow at a traffic light permitting one to safely turn left (across traffic) while oncoming traffic must stop.

Now, is that where this band name came from? Because that's quite funny and extremely random. LIKE.
These guys just put out their debut 3 song EP and it's free on their BANDCAMP HERE!
They've got the thrashy riffs and epic guitar solos like more of a metal band, but sound like a much younger, fit'er, Bouncing Souls - especially the vocals.
Yummeh!
I am eagerly awaiting more songs. Until then these 3 will get a lot of play from me.


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The Davey Parker Radio Sound AKA The DPRS

Whoa now Nelly!
Apparently I am out of the Parkdale loop when it comes to Toronto bands because I just found out about The Davey Parker Radio Sound (The dprs) recently.
They have a new album titled In a Land of Wolves and Thieves and BY GOLLY IT'S GOOD.
It's like this devil-pleasing, cowboy hat wearing, psych(both 'edelic' and 'otic') badassbass'y rock n roll. MmmMMMmMMm!
EH EH!?
How have I never had the pleasure of seeing them play here in Tarana!?
Where have I been?
What am I missing...
Judging by the awesomeness that is their album I'm missing a helluva lot.
Well MISS NO MORE!
They are playing NXNE Friday June 17th at The Hideout so I'm going, and I suggest you go too.
But listen to them first (and find more event details) HERE.

Dear dprs... my boner solutes you. It's currently standing at attention out of reshpekt for your delicious album.

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J. Stevens' BEST YET!?

I hadn't heard of J. Stevens until now so I can't really comment on whether his album titled My Best Yet accurately labelled, but I wouldn't be surprised.
His folky sound is reminiscent of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and even Hank Williams if you're willing to stretch your imagination just slightly.
The vocals even waver between Neil and Bob's with unbelievable similarity, and yet he manages to evoke his own campfire style of folk with pretty strings plucking sometimes mellow, sometimes upbeat, always attention-demanding tunage.


I dig it. I dig it good.

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Why Do Reviews When Reviews Should Do You!

right up the butt.

Seriously though, I've had such a hard time lately writing reviews of albums I don't give 2 shits about and didn't seek out myself, I have about 7 I should be working on right now but instead I want to write about Portugal. The Man, a band I've loved for years and still can't stop listening to right now.

Talk about sidetracked - me being.

They are just so fucking good.
Especially their album Censored Colors which may not be a all new but after years still has me shitting my pants over how amazing it is.
Like this song...

Gives me chills every time, shivers right up my legs, through my vagina and across my chest, escaping only through my slow rip-off jazz hands I can't help but bust out at the end.

Can't.
Get.
Enough.

Satanic Satanist is another phenomenal older album that is stealing all my attention away from new reviewable shit right now, especially this track..


MmmMmMMMmmMmMmMmmMmmmmmmMmmMmmmmmmmmmmm

This band is the bacon of music.
Most delicious food out there.

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Black Lips - Arabia Moutain = SEX.

Ummmmmm
Excuse me while I spray my vag juice all over your computer screen as I talk about the new Black Lips LP Arabia Mountain for a sex err sec.

Hands down this is the best thing out music/jizz-inducing - wise.
Though it's missing that demo-sounding roughness the Black Lips are usually known for it still sticks to their dirty/grimy greatness with the added bonus of being Mark Ronson-ized.
And I love me some Mark Ronson.
Not only is it catchy, addicting, dance inspiring, boner inevitable, and so on... but they sing about Peter Parker, being molested?
Like, wowwwwz.

LISTEN TO IT HERE FOR FREE!

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OooOooOoOooOoOoOooohhhhh Me Likey!



More music like this, please.


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Foster the People vs Foster the People Remix

Okay so here's the thing, I usually don't like remixes, and I rarely like clubby type music, yet I just came to the realization today that I prefer The Knocks' remix of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" WAY more than I like the original.

Actually, I was sent a press release a while ago with this remix download in it and I remember listening to it over and over, but I don't think I had ever listened to the original version, until now.
And when I heard it I was bored to be honest.

But here I am listening to the remix over and over again. Love it!



VS.



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