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Thursday, Jun 14, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Life can be a bitch at times, and in those moments of angst, you just want to throw it up ‘cause you’re totally f*&ked anyway, right? Love, sex, parents, authority—the teenage years are the pinnacle of undeniable passions, first loves, lasting regrets, and uncontrollable emotions.


PopMatters.com and Spring Awakening want to know your #1 song from your teenage years.  What tune hit that right chord and spoke true to your every emotion? 


Submit the artist and track name with a brief explanation of why this tune rocked your teenage years and you will be eligible to win a Spring Awakening cast album with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater and a voucher for two tickets to the Broadway production.


Simply post your choice here in the comments, include your e-mail address (it won’t be displayed to readers, we simply need it to contact the winner), and tell us about the songs that soundtracked your teenage life and you’ll be eligible to win.


Here’s a few examples:
Aerosmith: “Cryin’”
Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Boyz II Men: “I’ll Make Love to You”
Beck: “Loser”
Blind Melon: “No Rain”


PopMatters feature on Spring Awakening


“Bitch of Living”



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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Wooden Wand
The Pushers (Morning Version) [MP3] from James & The Quiet (Ecstatic Peace!)
     


Spitting at the Cameras [MP3] James & The Quiet (Ecstatic Peace!)
     


James Jackson Toth says he “wanted [James & The Quiet] to be an un-weird record.”
[MySpace]


Aesop Rock
None Shall Pass [MP3]
     


The Black Angels
The First Vietnamese War [MP3]
     


[MySpace]


Over the Rhine
Trouble [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Spoon
The Underdog [MP3] from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on Merge
     


[MySpace]


N.E.R.D.
She Wants to Move (Justice Remix) [MP3]
     


White Rabbits
The Plot [MP3] from Fort Nightly on Say Hey
     


[MySpace]


The Sharp Things
Ocean Part Deux [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     


Storm King [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     


[MySpace]



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Monday, Jun 11, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Socalled
(These Are The) Good Old Days [MP3] from Ghettoblaster on Jdub
     


You Are Never Alone [MP3]
     


Hip-hop/klezmer/pop, a real genre mash-up from this Canadian beatmaker.  Eclectic like we love it here at PopMatters.
[MySpace]


Okkervil River
Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe [MP3] from Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
     


[MySpace]


Our Life is not a Movie or Maybe [Live KEXP broadcast from Austin City Limits - 3/16/07]


John Mayall
Palace of the King [MP3] from In the Palace of the King (Eagle Rock)
     


John P. Strohm
Sha La [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Jun 10, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Ryan Adams
Everybody Knows [MP3]
     


Everybody Knows [Video]
MySpace


The Lodger
Kicking Sand [MP3]
     


Jangly UK pop reminscent of the Bluetones and a poppier Libertines.  Yep, the NME loves them too.


Justice
D.A.N.C.E. [MP3]
     


Christy and Emily
Noah [MP3]
     



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