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Cure for the Summertime Blues

Who says there’s no cure for the Summertime Blues? I mean besides Eddie Cochran… And, okay, fine, Brian Setzer. Besides those guys — no one. Because there are plenty of cures for the summertime blues. Among my favorite is the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — a compendium of invented words written by video editor John Koenig.…

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Van Halen’s Drop Dead Legs at 35

Today marks the 35th anniversary of my purchase of Van Halen’s final album with David Lee Roth, 1984. On cassette.I was nearly 12 and freshly loosed into the hothouse of puberty; the psychic gulag of junior high loomed at the terminus of yet another endless summer and Van Halen was a sonic salvo. This was the…