American Artist Miranda July Opens Charity Shop in Selfridges

TAKING A STANCE: Selfridges is continuing its mission of enriching shoppers’ in-store experiences. This time, the U.K. department store has teamed with the artist, writer and filmmaker Miranda July and the London-based arts organization Art Angel to create the U.K.’s first interfaith charity shop.
The shop, located on the third floor of the department store, will be run by four religious charities chosen by Miranda July: Islamic Relief, Jewish charity Norwood, London Buddhist Centre and Spitalfields Crypt Trust. It will offer a mix of products, just like other charity shops across the country, including secondhand clothing, ornaments, toys and kitchenware.
“For many years I’ve wanted to make a store as artwork; utilizing the inherently participatory conventions of commerce,” said Miranda July, who is known to create a range of artworks that depend on public participation. “When I first came to London, in my 20s, I was giddily amazed by the sheer number of charity shops, but it’s only in creating this store with Artangel that I understand what a radically unique economic model they are. The nuances of this come from my faith-based charity shop partners and from the site, Selfridges.”
The proceeds will be shared equally between the four participating charities and

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U.S. Auto Makers Report Steep Sales Declines in July

Sales for major U.S. auto makers sharply declined in July amid a modest slump in lease deals that have kept payments low, continuing an industry slowdown that has led to a glut of inventory on dealer lots and a spate of discounts.
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Comic Book Reviews for July 12, 2017

It was another big week of comics. DC delivered another critical prelude to Dark Nights: Metal, brought back fan-favorite series The American Way and welcomed a new creative team on board Wonder Woman. Marvel continued to flesh out the Secret Empire conflict with various tie-in books and kicked off the long-awaited Spider-Men II.

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Liberty, Capsule to Move Men’s Shows to Javits in July

Liberty Fairs and Capsule Show are on the move — at least for a little while.
The trade shows were unable to secure their usual location at Pier 94 for the spring men’s wear shows in July and will move to the Jacob Javits Convention Center where Project and MRket will also be holding their shows.
However, Liberty and Capsule said the move is temporary and they will be back at Pier 94 for the January 2018 editions of their shows.
“No matter where we travel, our vision remains the same — create enjoyable and memorable experiences for brands, retailers and editors,” said Sam Ben-Avraham, founder of Liberty Fairs. “I am excited for attendees to make long-lasting connections at The Javits and another successful season. To me, the venue itself is less important than the connections and experiences happening inside and I look forward to channeling our unique vision through a new location.”
Deirdre Maloney, cofounder of Capsule, added: “Colocating with Liberty has been great for the market. But this summer with our shows and the UBM shows all at Javits, we expect buyers will be in paradise.”
Capsule joined Liberty at Pier 94 for the first time in January of 2016, leaving its former home

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Ed Sheeran’s First Date with Girlfriend Was Taylor Swift’s July 4 Party: ‘You’re Like, “Holy F—, I Know Everyone Here!”‘

Did Ed Sheeran‘s girlfriend get longtime friend Taylor Swift‘s stamp of approval? Yes — and then some!

“Well, our anniversary is her 4th of July party,” Sheeran, 26, tells PEOPLE of risk advisory consultant Cherry Seaborn, 24, whom he began dating in the summer of 2015 after Swift hosted them at her famous Independence Day fête at her Rhode Island home.

“I’ve known Cherry since I was 11,” adds the “Shape of You” singer — whose third album ÷ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — of his girlfriend. “She worked on Wall Street in New York, and I had like six shows .”

“It was around then, and we reconnected. I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor’s 4th of July party. I was texting , and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history.”

Indeed, last summer, Sheeran and Seaborn celebrated their one-year anniversary at Swift’s 2016 soirée, as documented by Swift’s childhood pal Abigail Anderson on Instagram.

Swift’s annual summer bashes have fueled headlines the past few years, with squad members from Karlie Kloss and Blake Lively to Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne descending on her estate for the holiday weekend.

“It’s just a load of like-minded people that you would never expect to see in the same place, together,” Sheeran says of the parties. “I found myself chatting to Ryan Reynolds for a long time, and I did not expect to see him there. ’s kind of a magnet for like-minded people, and they’re always super-sweet. Anyone that’s around her is very, very nice. It’s a fun party. But it’s a lot of stories. You walk in, and you’re like, ‘Holy f—! I know everyone in here!’ It’s cool.”
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In addition to providing a space for Sheeran’s relationship to blossom, Swift and Seaborn have become friends themselves, the “Castle on the Hill” singer says.

“Her and Taylor have hung out without me quite a few times; I think they have gal chats,” he says. “I don’t know what they get up to, talking about cats or whatever.”

Sheeran’s new album ÷ is out now; he’ll kick off his North American tour on June 29.


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Caitlyn Jenner Shares Inspirational 4th Of July Message On Instagram

Caitlyn Jenner not only celebrated her country’s freedom on the Fourth of July, but also reflected on her own.

The former Olympian took to Instagram on America’s birthday to wish her followers a happy holiday and share a powerful message. Jenner posted a photo of a framed American flag and wrote in the caption, “Happy 4th of July! Proud to be an American … where at least I am free to be me.”

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In case you weren’t keeping up with the other Jenner and Kardashian news, Kim Kardashian also got very patriotic over the holiday. The reality star shared a photo decked out in all red, white and blue sparkly gear. Her sister Kourtney Kardashian also shared some patriotic photos of herself with daughter Penelope over the holiday.

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Kate Hudson Belts Out ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ For The 4th Of July

Oh say, can she sing!

Kate Hudson was feeling particularly patriotic this Fourth of July, so what better way to celebrate than to belt out the national anthem in her PJs at 7:30 in the morning? By the way, she totally nails it:



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Hudson also showcased her vocal prowess in the 2009 film “Nine,” in which she sang “Cinema Italiano.” The actress also sang when she guest starred on “Glee” in 2012 and 2013.

She’s one talented lady.

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Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris’ July 4th Weekend Photos Make Sparks Fly

The sparks flying between Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might be all the fireworks you need this weekend.

The couple started Fourth of July celebrations early, partying it up with friends on Friday. Showing everyone was getting in the holiday spirit, Swift shared an adorable photo of her getting a piggyback ride from Harris with the caption, “Friendly relations between Scotland and America”:

Friendly relations between Scotland and America. @calvinharris

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Harris also joined in on the fun, posting a cute pic of Swift showing off her grilling skills:

She cooks too

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Gigi Hadid, the ladies of Haim, Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt and “Empire” star Serayah were just a few of the gal pals who joined Swift at the party. At one point, they lifted off into the air with red and blue towels, which seems so patriotic that squad jumps should probably replace the national anthem at the start of baseball games:

Happy 4th from me, @gigihadid, @marhunt, @britmaack, @serayah and @haimtheband 🙂

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Then they just chilled out in the water because being that patriotic is hard work:

Swan squad.

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Hadid even shared a photo with the caption, “star spangled blondies.”

star spangled blondies

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Swift has been all over the place lately, from rocking the stage at her 1989 tour to even taking boat rides with Harris and Joe Jonas, but the singer still makes sure she has time for her squad.

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Before you start celebrating with Independence Day cookouts, fireworks, and the fixings, you might want to consider fitting in a quick retail fix. Stores and brands are offering deep discounts around summer’s biggest holiday!

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The Outnet: A selection of nearly 900 pieces will be reduced by a further 40%, discount applied at check-out.
Robert Lee Morris: All on-sale jewelry will be available for an extra 25% off.
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One Fart From Freedom on the Fourth of July

Fart. Poop. Underpants. I’m betting right now you’re chuckling. Or at least you have a smile on your face. Because according to any kid under five, those are some of the funniest words in the English language. And let’s face it, we all have a bit of “kid” left in us. Men probably more so than women.

Why, ask any mom with sons and invariably she’ll have a story about the night her boys told fart jokes at dinner, cracking themselves up so much that they started farting right then and there.

Women are a bit more subtle. We sometimes pretend that we don’t possess the bodily function of passing gas. But when someone accidentally cuts a tiny fart in public, we all giggle. Remember that scene with Miranda in the first Sex And The City movie?

I’ve never understood why these actions make people laugh. Perhaps because it’s an embarrassing situation and we tend to snicker when embarrassed. And never in a million years did I think that fecal matter would dominate my family’s conversation for days on end.

But it did.

It all started when my father became ill. Not to be too graphic, there was a miscommunication between the elimination systems in his body. We thought things were under control until suddenly, shit hit the fan — literally. The situation required a simple surgery. But operating on an 89-year-old man always involves some risk. Fortunately, it was a success.

And then there he was, several days later, lying in a hospital bed, surrounded by his entire family, waiting to be discharged. And waiting and waiting.

Because as everyone knows, you can’t leave the hospital until you perform two main functions: that of eating and that of pooping.

The eating part started with liquids, of which he consumed very little. After a few days, he graduated to that yummy hospital Jello. And then eventually on to the next stage — that of passing gas.

So, here there I was, telling my father that “gas is good.” Any kind. The “silent but deadly” type. The “loud as a rumbling train” variety. The “juicy fruity” sort. Just let it rip, I urged.

As did my sister, our kids, our husbands, my mother.

The days passed slowly with a little gas here and there. Which meant that surely, the poop was about to come.

By day ten, you could cut the tension that weaved itself into our family dynamics. We’re all very close and it was a beautiful hospital, as far as hospitals go. It offered fine cafeteria dining in an outdoor setting, Wifi, and an assortment of vending machines that only charged a little more than minimum wage for a few bottles of water. But too much togetherness can cause friction in the best of families.

What we needed was some good old farts to cut through the air. To release my father and to set our family back on the path to normalcy.

By day fifteen, we had met all the RNs, CNAs, orderlies, team doctors, administration personnel and cafeteria cashiers. The only place in the hospital that I didn’t visit was the gift shop. Although I was tempted to buy the “farting” pillow featured in the window.

And then it happened. On the Fourth of July, while fireworks lit up the sky, popping and crackling in the air, my dad’s internal organs opened up with explosives of their own. Our family cheers rivaled those of the partygoers on the street.

As promised, he was discharged from the hospital.

Life went back to normal, with one small difference. I now have a “fart” story of my own, should the need arise.

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Americana for the Fourth of July

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I’ve never been a huge fan of the category of “Americana” music. Don’t get me wrong, I like the music, it’s the category that seems made up to me. (In my day, we had folk, country, and blues! If we tried to do more than one people called us names and busted our 78s, which were made of glass because of the War! And we liked it that way!)

But seriously, if there’s a time to use the word Americana, it’s got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name. I’ll start with Bumper Jacksons, who certainly range freely across genres; they call their music “roots jazz, country swing, street blues.” Their forthcoming CD, Too Big World, is nicely varied, tasteful, energetic, well played and sung…you can’t not like it. I’ve tried to not like it, because (full disclosure) they have beaten my band, Ocean, in the “traditional folk” category at the Washington Area Music Awards. Twice, not that I counted. And hey, we’re all winners just for being nominated (or whatever) so I’m not bitter. Heck, you can see what all the fuss is about for yourself, in the video below:


Bumper Jacksons performing “Take Me Back to Tulsa”

So anyway, take my advice and listen to Too Big World! You may come for the jazz: clarinet and horns and swingy rhythms, plus Billie Holliday and Duke Ellington classics. But you’ll stay for all the other ingredients in their mélange: fiddles and guitars, bouncy banjo-ukes, weepy country pedal steel, rock-and-roll electric guitar, jug-band kazoo and assorted percussion. You’ll enjoy their eclectic repertoire of Gold Rush laments (“The Dying Californian”), sad old-time love lyrics, (“Virginia Girls”), and Kentucky play-party songs (“Jubilee”), all neatly arranged and sweetly played. You’ll be charmed by the bohemian quality of their originals, which celebrate cups of joe (“Coffee Mama”), shattered dreams (“Adventure Story”) and even Washinton, D.C.’s Idle Time Books (“Pretty Mama Put a Spell on Me”). And since no Americana album is complete without Jesus and the Devil, this one features the gut-busting gospel of “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” and an infernally infectious tour of the afterlife called “Hell is Hot.” You mark my words, their hellacious devil music will make you get up and dance!

You can preview the album here. And check out another video below!


Bumper Jacksons: Corina, Corina

I may have spoken too soon about the Jesus and Devil thing, because there’s none of that on Grant Dermody’s latest album Sun Might Shine on Me, and his press material speaks a lot about Tibetan Buddhism. Dermody, a harmonica player who has worked with blues giants like John Cephas, Phil Wiggins, and Honeyboy Edwards, says that Buddhism and the Blues are both about diving underneath pain or hard times, so they don’t take you over; about feeling better, not feeling sad. On the new CD, his harmonica and voice lead an all-star ensemble including old-time and Cajun guitarist Dirk Powell, Louisiana Creole fiddler Cedric Watson, blues mandolinist Rich del Grosso, folk and blues guitarist Orville Johnson, and swamp-pop drummer Jockey Etienne. They’re all masters and their playing hangs together beautifully, creating perfect settings for Dermody’s harp and voice. His soulful harp work on classics like Skip James’s “Illinois Blues,” the traditional “When You Left,” and the original “Ain’t Going Back” reminds me of his mentor Phil Wiggins. His voice goes from a gravelly growl to a clear, tuneful croon — would it be sacrilege to say it reminds me in some places of Sinatra? My favorites include “Baby Please Don’t Go,” a song I’ve heard from tons of folks including Van Morrison and Them, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Big Joe Williams; “Tree of Life,” an original instrumental that sounds like an Irish folk tune with blues touches; and the upbeat title track. I also love the traditional folk material, including the epic blues ballad “Boll Weevil,” a Creolized version of “Sail Away Ladies,” and an instrumental version of the Cajun lost love anthem “J’ai Passé Devant Ta Porte.” Dermody has a knack for feeling out the material and creating heartfelt settings, and his band and producers made it shine indeed. See the video below!


Orville Johnson, John Miller & Grant Dermody: Last Time Blues

Lately, a few intrepid performers have been reclaiming the old term “songster,” a category of singer-musician common in the 19th and 20th centuries. Largely but not entirely African-American, songsters were popular entertainers with a broad repertoire including blues, ballads, spirituals, parlor songs, dance tunes, and whatever else they could learn or write. Some were street-singers, vagabonds, or wanderers, but others were homebodies who played for their local folks in their own homes and communities. They were the Americana artists of their time, you might say. Famous songsters included Lead Belly and Gus Cannon (the wandering kind), as well as Mississippi John Hurt and Mance Lipscomb (the homebody kind). This new generation’s most famous songster is probably Dom Flemons, whom I discussed last time. But there are others, including Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, whose album Take Yo Time expresses their philosophy: “Blues and folk songs do not need preserving — they are preserving us. Our mission is to spread the glory and whimsy of traditional song.” And so they do, with an engaging presentation on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and voice, of pieces from such varied sources as Barbecue Bob, Duke Ellington, and Clarence Ashley.

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Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons. Photo by Amber Zbitnoff. Courtesy of KEXP and Hunter & Seamons.

Memorable moments on Take Yo Time include the plaintive banjo and knee-percussion on “Some of These Days”; the dejected-sounding bent notes on “Broke Down Engine Blues”; and the defiantly unusual take on “Preachin’ Blues,” featuring just atmospheric fiddle, rhythmic banjo, and swooping vocals. I like a lot of their decisions: tasteful double-stopped fiddle opens their version of “Tom Dooley,” lending an almost Creole touch to the old North Carolina murder ballad; subtle bones-playing graces the Rev. Gary Davis piece “Banks of the River,” adding just the right seasoning; and the guitar and fiddle both playing on Big Bill Broonzy’s “Long Tall Mama” reminded me that Broonzy was a fiddler, too. I love how the duo’s similar takes on “Buck Rag,” another Gary Davis guitar piece, and “Beaumont Rag” the Bob Wills classic, underscore the common roots of our best traditional music, Western and Eastern, rural and urban, black and white. I especially like that these artistic decisions feel natural and serve the songs beautifully; they evoke strong meanings and invite contemplation, but at heart they’re instinctive moves brought about by love of the material. They indicate that, as Seamons and Hunter put it, “American roots music is our playground.” Long may these songsters play! See an extended performance in the video below.


Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons Live on KEXP, recorded August 19, 2014.

Devil in the Seat is the 8th album from veteran quartet The Foghorn Stringband, which is made up of Caleb Klauder (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (fiddle, banjo, vocals) Reeb Willms (guitar, vocals) and Nadine Landry (upright bass, vocals). Hailing from the Northwest (two from Oregon and two from Yukon), they play rural music from all over the country, and even some from overseas. The fact that they have four strong singers, two men and two women, gives them a lot of arranging options, and they take advantage of this on Devil in the Seat. They perform “Mining Camp Blues” with dual yodeling women’s voices, and the English song “What Will We Do” in slightly edgier female harmonies than English divas Maddy Prior and June Tabor, from whom they learned it. On the other hand, they pull out tougher male harmonies on the crime-and-punishment ballad “John Hardy,” and use the contrast between male and female voices on “Longing for a Home” to suggest the universality of homelessness and loneliness. There’s some fun symmetry in certain of the songs too, from the thematic connection of “Columbus Stockade Blues” and the instrumental “Jailbreak” to the ghoulish balance of “Pretty Polly” and “Henry Lee,” respectively a “boy-kills-girl” and a “girl-kills-boy” ballad. Mostly, though, there’s the straightforward sound of powerful old-time sawing, plucking, strumming, and picking, in perfect synch and perfect harmony. It’s simple but effective, and more fun than a night in the still-house drinkin’ that cider! Watch a video below!


The Foghorn Stringband peforms “Columbus Stockade Blues”

I’ll end with a recommendation for the album Rugby, VA by Wayne and Max Henderson. Wayne Henderson is a world-renowned luthier as well as a master guitar player. He’s built guitars for Clapton and repaired them for Elvis. He’s also an old-time fingerpicking guitarist, and was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 1995, the highest award given to a traditional artist. He even has a music festival named for him! Wayne originally learned to play chords from his older brother Max, who now suffers from memory loss and can’t play music anymore. But twenty years ago, with Wayne on guitar and Max on mandolin, they recorded a set of pure unadulterated string tunes, which remains the only known recording of the Henderson brothers. Although it’s got a few fiddle tunes, it’s interesting for being mostly instrumental versions of songs, such as “Banks of the Ohio,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” and “Cindy.” You won’t find a better or more authentic example of old-time music on guitar and mandolin. Released on the Music Maker Relief Foundation label, it will forever stand a great source of pure traditional music, and an enjoyable listen to boot. Watch a video about Wayne’s guitar career below.

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If Mexicans Toasted The 4th Of July The Way Americans Toast Cinco De Mayo

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Every year on the 5th of May, Americans consume tacos and tequila in honor of — wait, what is it for? … oh, really? — Mexico’s military victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. If you’re of Mexican descent, you’ve probably grown a little tired of U.S. stereotypes and misinformation about Cinco de Mayo. For the record, Mexico’s Independence Day is actually Sept. 16.

Well, now the poorly researched holiday shoe is on the other foot, so to speak. Check out this Flama original video in which Mexicans celebrate the 4th of July in the same way that Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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32 Adorable Dogs Who Are So Ready for the 4th of July

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4th Of July Things You’ll Rethink On The 5th Of July

It’s the day after that you might remember the most.

We all look forward to having a great time on the 4th of July. But what we don’t look forward to is the day after, when perhaps we’re feeling an enormous amount of regret for things that transpired on our nation’s birthday.

Here are some things we will definitely rethink for next year’s 4th of July.

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We all look forward to having a great time on the 4th of July. But what we don’t look forward to is the day after, when perhaps we’re feeling an enormous amount of regret for things that transpired on our nation’s birthday.

Here are some things we will definitely rethink for next year’s 4th of July.

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The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

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As we approach the celebration of America’s 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

The intersection between politics and musical theatre is small, indeed. One current anomaly is the hottest show in New York City, even though it does not open on Broadway until July 15. Hamilton, the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda, opened to near-universal raves off-Broadway, and it relies on historian Ron Chernow’s important biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Some 46 years ago, another musical set in the eighteenth century opened to acclaim, capturing the Tony Award for best musical. Set primarily in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, 1776 tells the story of the fateful weeks leading up to the writing and ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress. Given this thumbnail description, one might expect either a ponderous or puffed treatment of those tumultuous days.

Surprisingly, however, the show’s enduring popularity (it was also made into a film in 1972 with most of the original stage cast, including the estimable William Daniels in the starring role of John Adams) attests to the skill and dexterity of its authors. Yes, historical figures depicted on stage burst into song from time to time, and while that art form may turn aside some, those who accept the conceit — which is, after all, the conceit of all musical theatre — find real meat on the historical bones of this show.

(Disclaimer: I am both a political scientist who has written some on the founding period, and currently have a small role in Central New York’s Cortland Repertory Theatre company’s production of 1776. Fittingly, its final performance is July 4.)

The play’s representation of the central characters reflects their historical personas: for example, we learn at the outset that John Adams is “obnoxious and disliked,” as indeed he was. Maryland’s Samuel Chase was discourteously dubbed “bacon-face” by his congressional colleagues, owing to his girth and prodigious appetite. Rhode Island delegate Stephen Hopkins was a prodigious drinker, and so on.

Beyond this, however, the production includes extended discussions of the key issues at stake — many of which continue to bedevil the country today. Commander-in-Chief George Washington’s numerous gloomy dispatches about the abysmal condition of his military in the face of superior British forces were enough to “depress a hyena,” as Delaware’s Thomas McKean lamented. When Adams wails at the top of the show, “By God I have had this Congress!” it could just as easily be Barack Obama speaking in 2015.

During a scene when Declaration chief author Thomas Jefferson is defending the document to skeptical Pennsylvania delegate John Dickinson, who asserts that America lacks the right to rebel, Jefferson counters by citing British political thinker John Locke’s contract theory of governance (whose writing profoundly influenced Jefferson): “When a king becomes a tyrant he thereby breaks the contract binding his subjects to him.”

Income inequality and the privilege of wealth inflame passions when Dickinson defends the influence of wealthy elites in a nation of relative poverty. Congress’s President John Hancock notes that the body’s conservatives are unlikely to marshal much support in the country because “there are not enough men of property in America to dictate policy.” “Perhaps not,” Dickinson retorts, “but don’t forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. And that is why they will follow us.” Koch brothers, anyone?

States’ rights and the relative balance of state versus national power sparks an exchange between delegates when South Carolina’s Edward Rutledge asks John Adams what the goal is beyond achieving independence. “We intend to become one nation,” Adams replies, to which Rutledge expresses his preference for “a nation of sovereign states, united for our mutual protection, but separate for our individual pursuits.” Preference for a weak national government finds expression in the nation’s first constitution, the Articles of Confederation (1777). Yet that document’s manifest weaknesses lead to its eclipse by the document of 1787, that far exceeded Rutledge’s call for a limited national government. Last week’s historic Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same sex marriage are but the most recent examples of the continuing struggle over federal versus state power.

Most centrally, the debate over the Declaration’s wording leads to the climactic moment in the show when the southern delegates walk out in protest of wording in the document condemning slavery. That near-rupture was staved off by the wording’s excision. Obviously, slavery would continue to cast its shadow over the country until the bloody Civil War finally ended the practice. As we know today, of course, it hardly ended the pall of fractured race relations which continue to rile our politics.

Finally, musical theatre is a distinctly American phenomenon. The mix of drama, historical text, humor and stirring music in 1776 gives a life to our past in a way that the likes of Ben Franklin might have appreciated, if not enjoyed.

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11 Stylish Outfit Ideas for July 4th—and Beyond

As much as you may think you want that American flag-printed shirt for July Fourth weekend, there are so many more subtle ways to show your patriotism. Check out 11 of our favorites below. Bonus: They’re so chic you can wear each one through the rest of the summer!

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Damsel in Dior

Looking for the perfect barbecue outfit? Reach for a red-and-blue striped T-shirt dress and silver slip-on sandals.

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Tyler Joe

If you want to get especially festive, go the color-blocking route. Structured red and blue pieces lend a mature vibe to the outfit while black-and-white sneakers ground the look.

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A Lily Love Affair

If a picnic is on the agenda, try a blue-and-white striped dress that has a little flair like a cutout under the bustline. Shield yourself from the sun with a straw hat and specs.

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Something Navy

Is there anything more Americana than denim? Update your go-to style with a new shape—think a casual romper or jumpsuit.

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Merrick’s Art

If you’re not so keen on going full-on red, white, and blue, look to accessories like a bright clutch and tinted sunglasses to give your outfit a subtle pop of color. Even better, they’re still work once the holiday weekend has come and gone.

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Luella & June

An LWD is always party-ready, especially during the summer months. Invest in one you absolutely love and it will take you from fancy cocktails to a casual garden party.

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Man Repeller

Though it’s historically referred to as a Canadian tuxedo, denim-on-denim is a fantastic option for July Fourth weekend. Mix and match hues and textures so your styling looks deliberate.

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Sincerely Jules

A Breton stripe tee and jean shorts is a wonderfully patriotic look for the Fourth, but just as classic and appropriate for the other 364 days of the year.

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An off-the-shoulder silhouette may not scream Fourth of July, but really, who cares? The beginning of summer is the perfect time to test-drive new trends you’ve been dying to try.

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We Wore What

Get excited to try a new denim style this holiday. It’s all about the the jean dress—from boxy shift dresses to girly A-line silhouettes, there are tons of silhouettes out there for every personality.

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Gal Meets Glam

Layer a chambray shirt over a red-and-white striped dress to add an extra bit of styling fun. Sneakers and a slouchy clutch match the look’s laid-back vibe.

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Patriotic Clothes (That Aren’t Cheesy) To Wear This Fourth Of July

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Just like fireworks and hot dogs, festive clothing is essential for celebrating the Fourth of July. But let’s face it, Independence Day and fashion don’t exactly go hand in hand. You’re more likely to associate the holiday with cheesy graphic tees than a cute dress you might actually wear when the weekend is through.

Upon further investigation, though, it turns out that there are, in fact, ways to rock stars and stripes in style. In fact, with so many fashionable, affordable options to choose from, you’ll be all set for every day of the long weekend.

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He’ll be the cutest lil’ dude at the cookout in the Koala Kids Boys’ 4th of July Plaid Shorts, exclusively from Babies’R’Us. These comfy cotton shorts are designed with a preppy pattern that’s totally red, white, and cool; complete the ensemble with a polo or tee to kick off the celebrating! The Koala Kids Boys’ Red, White and Blue 4th of July Plaid Shorts features: Includes a pair of shorts Designed in red, white and blue Sport a classic plaid pattern Detailed with two front pockets Elastic waist promises easy on and off Made of 100% cotton Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Prep your patriotic dude for summertime picnics with the Koala Kids Boys’ America Rocks Baseball Cap, exclusively from Babies’R’Us. Festive embroidery details the front, while a star-spangled banner decorates the corner of the brim. The Koala Kids Boys’ Gray/Navy 4th of July America Rocks Baseball Cap – (Toddler) features: Includes a baseball cap Designed in gray and navy with red accents Front is styled with ‘America Rocks’ embroidery Brim displays a printed flag graphic in the corner Elastic at the back offers a snug fit Made of 100% cotton Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Tiny firecrackers will be ready to celebrate in style when they’re wearing this Babies’R’Us exclusive Boys’ My First 4th of July Sunsuit from Koala Kids! One half of the front is designed with stripes, while the other features adorably patriotic graphics and text. The soft cotton material promises cool comfort all day long. The Koala Kids Boys’ Red, White and Blue My First 4th of July Sunsuit features: Includes a sunsuit Designed in red, white and navy blue Front features stripes on one half; other half displays ‘My 1st 4th of July’ text and a firework graphic Snaps on the front and legs make dressing/changing easy Not intended as sleepwear Made of 100% cotton (exclusive of decoration) Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Koala Kids Girls’ Red/Navy 4th of July Stars and Stripes Sun Hat

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Prep your patriotic cutie for the big parade with the Koala Kids Girls’ Stars and Stripes Sun Hat, exclusively from Babies’R’Us. White ribbon trim circles the crown and pops against the festive fabric, while a wide, floppy brim keeps the sun off her face. She’ll look oh-so-pretty showing her American pride! The Koala Kids Girls’ Red/Navy 4th of July Stars and Stripes Sun Hat features: Includes a sun hat Designed in red, navy, and white Wide, floppy brim is decorated with a starry print and ribbon trim Accent bow lends an extra-sweet touch Made of 100% cotton Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine – July 2014 – Single Copy

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Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine – Digital format, immediate delivery.
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Baby Due in July Foiled Roses Globe Greeting Card

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Koala Kids Girls’ 2 Piece Red, White and Blue 4th of July Sleeveless Ruffle Dress and Diaper Cover Set

Koala Kids Girls’ 2 Piece Red, White and Blue 4th of July Sleeveless Ruffle Dress and Diaper Cover Set


She’s a star-spangled sweetheart in this Babies’R’Us exclusive Girls’ 4th of July Sleeveless Dress and Diaper Cover Set from Koala Kids. The dress features tiered ruffles with precious patriotic patterns, while a sequined applique details one strap for a splash of sparkle. The coordinating diaper cover perfectly completes this adorable look. The Koala Kids Girls’ 2 Piece Red, White and Blue 4th of July Sleeveless Ruffle Dress and Diaper Cover Set features: Includes a sleeveless dress and a diaper cover Designed in red, white and navy blue Smocked-top dress is detailed with tiered ruffles covered in stars and stripes; sequined star applique is featured on the left strap Elastic-waist diaper cover is decorated with a coordinating pattern; features ruffled trim Made of 100% cotton (exclusive of decoration) Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Koala Kids Boys’ White 4th of July All American Boy Short Sleeve Bodysuit

Koala Kids Boys’ White 4th of July All American Boy Short Sleeve Bodysuit


Your patriotic lil’ lad will look so red, white, and cool in the Koala Kids Boys’ 4th of July All American Boy Bodysuit, a Babies’R’Us exclusive! This v-neck suit is detailed with a flag graphic and plaid firetruck applique, while stamped text shows off his USA pride in bold style. The Koala Kids Boys’ White 4th of July All American Boy Short Sleeve Bodysuit features: Includes a short-sleeve bodysuit Designed in white, navy, and red V-neck suit displays a USA flag and plaid firetruck graphic; printed with ‘All American Boy’ text Snaps at the crotch promise easy changing Made of 100% cotton Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Koala Kids Boys’ White My First 4th of July Short Sleeve Bodysuit

Koala Kids Boys’ White My First 4th of July Short Sleeve Bodysuit


Your little all-American dude will be so red, white, and cute in the Koala Kids Boys’ My First 4th of July Bodysuit, exclusively from Babies’R’Us! This lap-shoulder suit is detailed with a festive flag graphic, while the screened text celebrates his inaugural Independence Day in patriotic style. The Koala Kids Boys’ White My First 4th of July Short Sleeve Bodysuit features: Includes a short-sleeve bodysuit Designed in white, navy, and red Lap-shoulder suit displays a flocked American flag graphic and ‘My First 4th of July’ text Snaps at the crotch promise easy changing Made of 100% cotton Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Koala Kids Girls’ Red/Navy 4th of July Star Spangled Sun Hat – Toddler

Koala Kids Girls’ Red/Navy 4th of July Star Spangled Sun Hat – Toddler


Prep your patriotic cutie for the big parade with the Koala Kids Girls’ Star-Spangled Sun Hat, exclusively from Babies’R’Us. White ribbon trim circles the crown and pops against the festive fabric, while a wide, floppy brim keeps the sun off her face. She’ll look oh-so-pretty showing her American pride! The Koala Kids Girls’ Red/Navy 4th of July Star Spangled Sun Hat – (Toddler) features: Includes a sun hat Designed in red, navy, and white Brim is decorated with a starry print and ribbon trim Accent bow lends an extra-sweet touch Wide, floppy brim shades Baby’s face from the sun Made of 100% cotton Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry Imported Whether it’s a special holiday, a super hot Summer or the coldest Winter yet, Koala Kids clothing, coordinating accessories and shoes, a Babies’R’Us exclusive, come in the styles moms look for, in soft, comfy fabrics that wash and wear beautifully. Sizes range from newborn to 5T. Be sure to visit our Babies’R’Us Exclusive Brand Store for superior baby essentials, toys, nursery decor and more.

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Health Highlights: July 27, 2014

U.S. Doctor Working in Liberia Is Infected With Ebola

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’ Officially Coming On July 28, 2017

This month, Marvel Studios announced plans to add six films to its always expanding slate of features. It was expected that the studio would perhaps announce a few of those titles during its Comic-Con presentation on Saturday night, but only one name was revealed: “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” will arrive on July 28, 2017. James Gunn will return to write and direct the sequel, which follows next week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”


As for the rest of the Marvel schedule, “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out on May 1, 2015. Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man” arrives two months later, on July 17, 2015. “Captain America 3” comes next on May 6, 2016. After that and excluding “Guardians 2,” there are seven unnamed or unannounced films on the calendar: July 8, 2016, May 5, 2017, Nov. 3, 2017, May 4, 2018, July 6, 2018, Nov. 2, 2018 and May 3, 2019. (“Doctor Strange” is expected to arrive on that July 8, 2016 slot, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige made no reference to the film during the Comic-Con panel despite rumors that Joaquin Phoenix would be announced as star of the film during the event.)

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Health Highlights: July 11, 2014

Women in Red Seen as Romantic Rivals by Other Women: Study
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Health Highlights: July 8, 2014

Old Vials of Smallpox Found in NIH Building
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1776 Reasons To Party At Home On July 4th

It’s time to switch things up, America!

This year, forget the same old parties and boring routine. Here are 1776 reasons why staying home and watching TV is all you need to have the best 4th of July weekend ever.

  1. Because all men have the right to life, liberty and “The Pursuit of Happyness” On Demand.
  2. Because it’s what our Founding Fathers would have wanted.
  3. Because if not, what were our guys fighting for anyway?
  4. Because TV is the best.
  5. Because winter is coming.
  6. Because relatives are coming.
  7. Because parties are awkward and uncomfortable.
  8. Because some parties are too comfortable.
  9. Because you’re alive.
  10. Because other people are alive.
  11. Because you’re too full from eating ribs.
  12. Because you’re not full enough from eating ribs.
  13. Just because of ribs.
  14. Because the color red.
  15. Because the color white.
  16. Because the color blue.
  17. Because America just red, white and blew our minds.
  18. Because “Today I don’t feel like doing anything.”
  19. Because you’ll be lounging on the couch, just chillin in your snuggie. Turn on MTV so they can teach you how to Dougie.
  20. Because of Independence.
  21. Because of the movie “Independence Day.”
  22. Because of the speech Bill Pullman made in “Independence Day.”
  23. Because Will Smith bought his fiancé a dolphin ring in the movie “Independence Day.”
  24. Because Will Smith’s fiancé liked her dolphin ring in the movie “Independence Day.”
  25. Because now you’re going to buy a ring for your fiancé that’s in the shape of a dolphin.
  26. Because what happened to “Miss Independent”?
  27. Because the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
  28. Because seven-time hot dog eating champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.
  29. Because Ryan Seacrest is all “This is American Idol!”
  30. Because it’s what George Washington would’ve wanted.
  31. Because it’s what George Washington does want currently.
  32. Because Patrick Henry would say, “Give me television or give me death.”
  33. Because “One if by land, and ‘Two and a Half Men’ if by sea.”
  34. Because there’s probably “World Series of Poker” on or something.
  35. Because Benedict Arnold wouldn’t want to, and we don’t like that guy.
  36. Because “Hey Arnold!”
  37. Because Helga Pataki’s unibrow.
  38. Because “I have not yet begun to fight … for the remote.”
  39. Because “Don’t fire until you see the Walter Whites of their eyes”
  40. Because American spy Nathan Hale learned everything he knew from “Harriet the Spy.”
  41. Because American spy Nathan Hale regretted that he had just “One Life to Live” for his country.
  42. Because of sparklers.
  43. Because sparklers can get out of hand real fast.
  44. Because with sparklers, you can write your name and stuff.
  45. Because of patriots.
  46. Because of the New England Patriots.
  47. Because of Tom Brady.
  48. Because of Tom Brady’s UGGs for men.
  49. Because Tom Brady never looked so comfortable in the pocket.
  50. Because of the movie “The Patriot.”
  51. Because Mel Gibson wasn’t crazy yet in the movie “The Patriot.”
  52. Because Mel Gibson never wore UGGs for men in “The Patriot.”
  53. Because Mel Gibson was all over his sister-in-law in “The Patriot,” and then Jaime and Cersei had to one-up him in “Game of Thrones.”
  54. Because Heath Ledger was in the movie “The Patriot.”
  55. Because Health Ledger was the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
  56. Because “The Dark Knight” was awesome.
  57. Because of “The Dark Knight” again.
  58. Because the 4th of July is whatever Gotham needs it to be.
  59. Because of patriotic clothing.
  60. Because you don’t want anyone to see you in your patriotic clothing.
  61. Because your dad has the most patriotic clothing of them all.
  62. Because people are pledging allegiance to your dad’s shirt.
  63. Because of socks with stars on them.
  64. Because of stars with socks on them.
  65. Because your Hogwarts letter won’t come on a holiday.
  66. Because you want to entertain your family.
  67. Because your family is getting on your nerves.
  68. Because not watching TV is getting on your nerves.
  69. Because you pinched a nerve.
  70. Because Grandma wants to watch EWTN.
  71. Because the World Cup, duh.
  72. Because you’re already eating off TV trays.
  73. Because you want to eat off TV trays.
  74. Because you’re really excited.
  75. Because you’re bored.
  76. Because fireworks are overrated.
  77. Because fireworks on TV are underrated.
  78. Because if you’ve seen one firework, you’ve seen them all.
  79. Because fireworks hurt your ears.
  80. Because fireworks hurt your eyes.
  81. Because the fireworks aren’t good.
  82. Because the fireworks might be too good.
  83. Because there were no blue fireworks.
  84. Because there were too many blue fireworks.
  85. Because everyone else is finally out of the house.
  86. Because everyone is in the house.
  87. Because it’s too hot outside.
  88. Because it’s too cold outside.
  89. Because you didn’t buy AC for nothing.
  90. Because you did buy AC for nothing.
  91. Because you’re out of potato salad.
  92. Because you wish you were out of potato salad.
  93. Because you don’t like potato salad.
  94. Because you’re eating too much potato salad.
  95. Because you’re now talking too much about potato salad.
  96. Because there are no more bread rolls.
  97. Because you don’t want to get on a tangent about bread rolls like you did with potato salad.
  98. Because now you’re talking too much about bread rolls.
  99. Because we don’t want another “coleslaw incident.”
  100. Because we all remember what happened. ( See #98)
  101. Because it’s what Uncle Sam wants.
  102. Because it’s what Uncle Sam doesn’t want.
  103. Because what’s even the point?
  104. Because if you don’t, England wins.
  105. Because upon thinking about it, you don’t know what that last reason means.
  106. Because Netflix is going to be the best man at your wedding.
  107. Because Netflix is going to be the maid of honor at your wedding.
  108. Because Red Solo Cup.
  109. Because that one show with that guy from that thing.
  110. Because that one show where the girl was all,”Whattttt!”
  111. Because “Boom goes the dynamite!”
  112. Because if England won, we’d all be speaking English right now.
  113. Because we’re speaking English anyway.
  114. Because you just got a new TV.
  115. Because you still don’t know how to use your new TV.
  116. Because the United States of America.
  117. Because Los Estados Unidos de América.
  118. Because Los Estados Unidos de América is Spanish for Los Estados Unidos de América.
  119. Because it’s the land of the free and home of the brave.
  120. Because it’s the land of the free and home of the movie “Brave.”
  121. Because you’re a time traveler, but you really don’t feel like going anywhere right now.
  122. Because of our Founding Fathers.
  123. Because you finally found your father watching the game in the basement.
  124. Because of the 13 original colonies.
  125. Because of bee colonies.
  126. Because flags.
  127. Because stripes.
  128. Because stars.
  129. Because of apple pie.
  130. Because of cherry pie.
  131. Because of blueberry pie.
  132. Because of strawberry pie.
  133. Because of moon pies.
  134. Just because of pie.
  135. Because 3.14.
  136. Because of our ancestors.
  137. Because of Ancestry.com.
  138. Because of Match.com.
  139. Because on Tinder, you’d swipe right for America.
  140. Because on Tinder, you’d swipe left for everything except America.
  141. Because you can’t think of anything else to do.
  142. Because you can think of other things to do, but this is better.
  143. Because it’s probably “Harry Potter” Weekend on ABC Family.
  144. Because even if it’s not “Harry Potter” Weekend, that’s why they make DVDs.
  145. Because you want to finally figure out who “A” is.
  146. Because you don’t trust any of the “Pretty Little Liars.”
  147. Because you were shocked the “Pretty Little Liars” were regular sized people, and you were expecting them to be abnormally little.
  148. Because you don’t want to clean the grill.
  149. Because you already cleaned the grill.
  150. Because someone else cleaned the grill.
  151. Because you are wearing a new grill.
  152. Because you don’t want to make the fruit salad.
  153. Because you already made the fruit salad.
  154. Because you don’t even like fruit salad.
  155. Because TV means freedom.
  156. Because freedom means freedom.
  157. Just because freedom.
  158. Because you’re not paying DirecTV for nothing.
  159. Because you are paying DirecTV for nothing.
  160. Because you don’t even have DirecTV.
  161. Because you’re more of a Verizon FIOS type of person.
  162. Because being a Verizon FIOS type of person is a lonely life.
  163. Because you’re Team Jacob.
  164. Because you’re Team Edward.
  165. Because Bella deserves a team too.
  166. Because Jacob nicknamed Bella’s baby after the Loch Ness monster.
  167. Because the Loch Ness Monster.
  168. Because Uncle Jesse already left for the Smash Club.
  169. Because “High School Musical.”
  170. Because having such separate cliques, the kids in “High School Musical” perform pretty elaborately choreographed dances.
  171. Because that time Zac Efron danced on the golf course singing “Bet on It.”
  172. Because Global Warming.
  173. Because Obamacare.
  174. Because Global Warming vs. Obamacare.
  175. Because “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus.”
  176. Because Bill Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman.
  177. Because Bill Clinton did have sexual relations with that woman.
  178. Because you suspect Nic Cage will steal the Declaration of Independence.
  179. Because Nic Cage is definitely stealing the Declaration of Independence.
  180. Because you support Nic Cage and his pursuit of the Declaration of Independence.
  181. Because Nic Cage is a “National Treasure.”
  182. Because Nic Cage is a “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”
  183. Because it’s what Thomas Jefferson would’ve wanted.
  184. Because it’s what Benjamin Franklin would’ve wanted.
  185. Because it’s what your neighbor Fenjamin Branklin would’ve wanted.
  186. Because you suspect that’s not your neighbor’s real name.
  187. Because of liberty.
  188. Because of the Statue of Liberty.
  189. Because of Liberty Mutual.
  190. Because of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”
  191. Because it’s what Oprah wants.
  192. Because Oprah always gets what she wants.
  193. Because everybody gets a car!
  194. Because how else will you keep up with the Kardashians?
  195. Because you don’t want to keep up with the Kardashians.
  196. Because you have no choice but to keep up with the Kardashians.
  197. Because you want to know what the “Real Housewives” are up to.
  198. Because they don’t really seem like “Real Housewives.”
  199. Because “Pawn Stars” is probably on.
  200. Because do you mind if Rick from “Pawn Stars” calls his buddy in to take a look?
  201. Because you wonder if shrimp watch a show called “Prawn Stars.”
  202. Because you want to daydream about being chosen for “The Price is Right.”
  203. Because you want to daydream about being chosen for “The Hunger Games.”
  204. Because you have messed up day dreams.
  205. Because “What does the fox say?”
  206. Because you have Apple TV.
  207. Because you have Apple TV, meaning a TV channel dedicated to apples.
  208. Because you tell people you have Hulu Plus.
  209. Because you really just use the free version of Hulu.
  210. Because you Hula while you Hulu.
  211. Because you’re paying for Netflix.
  212. Because your friend is paying for Netflix.
  213. Because turn up!
  214. Because turnips.
  215. Because you are trying to figure out your roommate’s Netflix password.
  216. Because Netflix just added new movies.
  217. Because Netflix just got rid of a lot of movies.
  218. Because you are still trying to figure out your roommate’s Netflix password.
  219. Because it’s fun.
  220. Because other stuff isn’t as fun.
  221. Because you finally figured out your roommate’s Netflix password.
  222. Because now you can’t decide what to watch on Netflix.
  223. Because that’s cray cray.
  224. Because “Girl Meets World.”
  225. Because “Boy Meets World.”
  226. Because Cory and Topanga.
  227. Because Cory and Topanga again.
  228. Because you can’t believe Cory kissed that girl at the ski lodge. Topanga deserves better.
  229. Because that episode where Cory bought all that cork furniture.
  230. Because “FEENY!”
  231. Because you want to watch Netflix on the PS3 you bought from Craigslist.
  232. Because you’re not 100% sure the PS3 you bought from Craigslist isn’t stolen, and you want to enjoy Netflix before the cops come.
  233. Because you just ate and need to wait 30 minutes before going in the pool.
  234. Because you have a TV in your pool.
  235. Because you don’t have a TV in your pool.
  236. Because you wish you had a TV in your pool.
  237. Because you don’t know why they call pool “billiards,” and it makes you really mad.
  238. Because you’re at your in-laws’ house.
  239. Because you wish you weren’t at your in-laws’ house.
  240. Because you have no choice but to be at your in-laws’ house.
  241. Because “Full House” is on.
  242. Because you wish your family was like the one on “Full House.”
  243. Because actually you’re glad your family is not like the one on “Full House.”
  244. Because your family hugs more than the one on “Full House.”
  245. Because you never want Uncle Joey to “Cut. It. Out.”
  246. Because you always want Uncle Joey to “Cut. It. Out.”
  247. Because a day without “Breaking Bad” would be pretty methed up.
  248. Because you like using “Breaking Bad” puns, and you don’t care what your parents say about it.
  249. Because Mr. White from “Breaking Bad” reminds you of your Chem teacher.
  250. Oh, God! Mr. White from “Breaking Bad” reminds you of your Chem teacher!
  251. Because you want to try this whole “binge-watching” thing.
  252. Because “binge-watching” makes being lazy sound a lot more cool.
  253. Because “binge-watching” doesn’t make being lazy sound more cool, but you don’t really care.
  254. Because your parents don’t want you to, but you’re totally in your rebellious stage.
  255. Because your parents want you to, and you’re totally not in your rebellious stage.
  256. Just because of your parents.
  257. Because you have nothing to talk about.
  258. Because you have too much to talk about.
  259. Because you want to get something to talk about.
  260. Because you want something to tweet about.
  261. Because talk is cheap.
  262. Because talk is expensive.
  263. Because you want to see what “Four Weddings” is all about.
  264. Because “Four Weddings” in Westeros would probably be a lot different.
  265. Because “Game of Thrones.”
  266. Because Dany from “Game of Thrones” takes what is hers with “fireworks and blood.”
  267. Because when you play the “Game of Thrones,” you win or you don’t stop hearing about it until the next family reunion.
  268. Because any man who says, “I am the king,” is probably just Uncle Pete after he found the Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
  269. Because Jon Snow knows nothing.
  270. Because Jon Snow must know something.
  271. Because nope. Jon Snow knows nothing.
  272. Because Prince Oberyn blew your mind.
  273. Actually because the Mountain blew your mind.
  274. Because everyone from “Game of Thrones” blows your mind.
  275. Because “Pants on the ground. Pants on the ground. You’re lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground.”
  276. Because HBO.
  277. Because it’s Showtime.
  278. Because it’s literally show time.
  279. Because “Orange Is The New Black” Season 1.
  280. Because “Orange Is The New Black” Season 2.
  281. Because “Orange Is The New Black” Season 1 again.
  282. Because once you go “Orange Is The New Black,” you never go back.
  283. Because in “Harry Potter,” Sirius Is The New Black.
  284. Because “All men must die.”
  285. Because all “Mad Men” must die.
  286. Because “Calm and Sensible Men” would probably be less interesting.
  287. Because “House of Cards.”
  288. Because you don’t want to build an actual house of cards.
  289. Because we got “House of Cards” from the British, just like America.
  290. Because yay America.
  291. Because documentaries you fall asleep to.
  292. Because documentaries you don’t fall asleep to.
  293. Because the History Channel.
  294. Because anything besides the History Channel.
  295. Because “The Twilight Zone” marathon on Syfy.
  296. Because “The Twilight Zone” marathon on Syfy again.
  297. Because Syfy in general.
  298. Because it’s educational.
  299. Because it’s not educational.
  300. Because other countries aren’t America.
  301. Because other countries might be America.
  302. Because never mind. Other countries aren’t America.
  303. Because it’s what your mom wants.
  304. Because it’s not what your mom wants.
  305. Because you think it’s what your mom wants.
  306. Because when robots take over, they’re going to destroy TVs first.
  307. Because if “iRobot” taught us anything, it’s that robots are scary as Hell.
  308. Just because robots.
  309. Because you want to do homework, and you don’t know what’s wrong with you.
  310. Because if it’s wrong, why does it feel so right?
  311. Because if it’s right, why did we make a left back there?
  312. Because “Do the Right Thing.”
  313. Because “Adventure Time” is on.
  314. Because “Adventure Time” is not on.
  315. Because “Adventure Time” might be on soon.
  316. Because channel surfing counts as exercise.
  317. Because you’re trying to convince yourself that channel surfing counts as exercise.
  318. Because sitting in a chair is a yoga pose, right?
  319. Because you need to make sure your TV still works.
  320. Because your TV is not working, and you need to fix it.
  321. Because your TV is working, but you feel like you should still make sure.
  322. Because if you don’t, the Decepticons win.
  323. Because if you don’t, The Capitol wins.
  324. Because Jennifer Lawrence wants you to.
  325. Because Katniss wants you to.
  326. Because Jennifer Lawrence and Katniss are the same person.
  327. Because Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus are the same person.
  328. Because that just blew your mind.
  329. Because Megan Fox probably doesn’t care, but what if she does?
  330. Because “True Blood” is on.
  331. Because “True Blood” isn’t on.
  332. Because “True Blood” could be on.
  333. Because you’ll wait for “True Blood.”
  334. Because TBS is very funny.
  335. Because you don’t think TBS is very funny, but you’ll give it another chance.
  336. Because TNT knows drama.
  337. Because TNT doesn’t know as much drama as your family parties.
  338. Because USA came up with “characters welcome” after meeting your family.
  339. Because AMC has a “Breaking Bad” marathon.
  340. Because AMC has a “Breaking Bad” marathon again.
  341. Because at AMC, story matters.
  342. Because to Carl Winslow, “Family Matters.”
  343. Because AMC are the first three letters of your alphabet.
  344. Because there’s a “Power” marathon on Starz.
  345. Because there’s a “Power” marathon on Starz, and your couch is super comfy.
  346. Because there’s a “Masters of Sex” marathon on Showtime.
  347. Because there’s a “Masters of Sex” marathon on Showtime, and your mom isn’t in the room.
  348. Because there’s also a “Walking Dead” marathon on AMC.
  349. Because AMC is calling it a “Dead, White and Blue” weekend.
  350. Because AMC likes puns.
  351. Because the Hub has a “Transformers” marathon.
  352. Because you didn’t even know the Hub was a channel.
  353. Because MTV has an “Awkward” marathon.
  354. Because MTV’s “Awkward” marathon is less awkward than whatever is happening at your house.
  355. Because MTV has a “Ridiculousness” marathon.
  356. Because MTV’s “Ridiculousness” marathon isn’t as ridiculous as your Aunt’s new boyfriend.
  357. Because USA has a “NCIS” marathon.
  358. Because USA’s “NCIS” marathon isn’t as big a crime scene as your dad wearing those shorts.
  359. Because USA has a “Modern Family” marathon.
  360. Because you love spending time with your “Modern Family,” meaning the TV show.
  361. Because you love spending time with your “Modern Family,” meaning your regular family, but you’d rather watch TV.
  362. Because E! has a “Sex And The City” marathon.
  363. Because E! has a “Sex And The City” marathon, and you’re a Miranda.
  364. Because E! has a “Sex And The City” marathon, and you have no idea what a Miranda is.
  365. Because there’s a “South Park” marathon on Comedy Central.
  366. Because there’s a “South Park” marathon on Comedy Central, and they killed Kenny. You bastards!
  367. Because there’s a “Futurama” marathon on Comedy Central this weekend.
  368. Because TNT’s “Lord of the Rings” marathon.
  369. Because TNT’s “Lord of the Rings” marathon is the one marathon to rule them all.
  370. Because one does not simply go through July 4th without watching a “Lord of the Rings” marathon.
  371. Because Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” marathon.
  372. Because Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” marathon.
  373. Because Food Network is going to great lengths to make you hungry.
  374. Because you won’t be watching Adam Richman’s new show anytime soon.
  375. Because A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter” marathon.
  376. Because you thought “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was about animals.
  377. Because A&E’s “Criminal Minds” marathon.
  378. Because you knew “Criminal Minds” wasn’t about animals.
  379. Because TLC’s “17 Kids And Counting” marathon.
  380. Because TLC’s “18 Kids And Counting” marathon.
  381. Because TLC’s “19 Kids And Counting” marathon.
  382. Because you’re starting to suspect all these “Kids and Counting” shows are really the same thing.
  383. Because TLC’s “A Very Duggar Wedding” marathon.
  384. Because TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress” marathon.
  385. Because you don’t just say no to the dress.
  386. Because TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” marathon.
  387. Because TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” marathon is starting to make you take a hard look at your life.
  388. Because Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” marathon. 
  389. Because your personal “Food Paradise” is the dollar menu at McDonald’s.
  390. Because Discovery’s “Fast N’ Loud” marathon.
  391. Because you weren’t aware “Fast N’ Loud” was so loud since it’s normally on mute at the gym.
  392. Because you want people to know you go to the gym.
  393. Because Discovery’s “Alaskan Bush People” marathon.
  394. Because Discovery’s “Alaskan Bush People” marathon makes you feel better about your studio apartment.
  395. Because Discovery’s “Alaskan Bush People” marathon looks a little too similar to your studio apartment.
  396. Because Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” marathon is on.
  397. Because Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” marathon is on, and it’s better than talking to Uncle Louis.
  398. Because IFC’s “Batman” the TV show marathon.
  399. Because IFC’s “Batman” the TV show marathon makes you think about “Dark Knight” again.
  400. Because “Freaks and Geeks” on Netflix.
  401. Because “Freaks and Geeks” on Netflix makes you feel better about your high school days.
  402. Because “Freaks and Geeks” on Netflix reminds you a little too much of your high school days.
  403. Because “The West Wing” on Netflix.
  404. Because “The West Wing” on Netflix makes you wonder why they didn’t make an “East Wing.”
  405. Because “Doctor Who” on Netflix.
  406. Because you still don’t know who actually watches “Doctor Who.”
  407. Because “Archer” on Netflix.
  408. Because “Archer” on Netflix is like the inappropriate James Bond you always wanted.
  409. Because you never wanted an inappropriate James Bond, but you’re glad “Archer” is on Netflix anyway.
  410. Because “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on Netflix.
  411. Because “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on Netflix makes you feel like you don’t have to sleep with the covers over your head.
  412. Because you sleep with the covers over your head anyway.
  413. Because “The X-Files” on Netflix.
  414. Because you can finally watch “The X-Files” on Netflix without wetting your pants.
  415. Because you can’t watch “The X-Files” on Netflix without wetting your pants, but you’re single so YOLO.
  416. Because YOLO.
  417. Because you want to figure out what the heck happened in “Lost.”
  418. Because you just figured out “Lost,” and it still doesn’t make sense.
  419. Because Olivia Pope is dope.
  420. Because the real “Scandal” is why this show isn’t on every day of your life.
  421. Because “Dancing with the Stars.”
  422. Because you watch “Dancing with the Stars” and think, “I can do that.”
  423. Because you watch “Dancing with the Stars” and think, “Wait, no I can’t.”
  424. Because you found old episodes of “Laguna Beach” online.
  425. Because you found old episodes of “Laguna Beach” online, and all your friends are like, “Where!”
  426. Because you like watching Taco Bell commercials.
  427. Because who doesn’t like watching Taco Bell commercials?
  428. Because your friends think you’re watching too many Taco Bell commercials.
  429. Because you want to know the next name on “The Blacklist.”
  430. Because you think your name is on “The Blacklist.”
  431. Because “Homeland,” duh.
  432. Because “Homeland,” double duh.
  433. Because you’re losing your head over “Sleepy Hollow.”
  434. Because other people are losing their heads over “Sleepy Hollow.”
  435. Because you secretly watch “The Bachelorette.”
  436. Because you openly watch “The Bachelorette.”
  437. Because you don’t know what the guys do with all the roses after the rose ceremony on “The Bachelorette.” Are they putting them in a vase? Do they give them back to her? What the heck is going on?
  438. Because “Under The Dome” doesn’t sounds terrible.
  439. Because “Under The Dome” can’t be more terrible than Aunt Lysa.
  440. Because “America’s Got Talent” got your attention.
  441. Because Heidi Klum on “America’s Got Talent” got your attention.
  442. Because “Suits.” That is all.
  443. Because other shows besides “Suits.” Now that is all.
  444. Because “Arrested Development” happened.
  445. Because Mary-Kate and Ashley solve any crime by dinnertime. Yay!
  446. Because Rust Cohle and Marty Hart take 17 years to solve a crime while struggling with inner demons and ruining the lives of everyone around them. Yay?
  447. Because you decided to give “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” a chance.
  448. Because you decided to give “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” a second chance.
  449. Because your mom wants to watch “Mom.”
  450. Because your dad wants to watch anything besides “Mom.”
  451. Because you’re a new mom, and you’re looking to pick up some tips from “Parenthood.”
  452. Because you’re not a new mom, and the tips you got were to never enter “Parenthood.”
  453. Because “How I Met Your Mother” is Legen …
  454. .. Wait for it …
  455. .. Wait for it …
  456. .. Wait for it …
  457. Dary!
  458. Because you’re looking to pick up some tips from “How I Met Your Mother” to meet ladies. Not to meet your mother.
  459. Because TV makes you happy.
  460. Because TV makes you so happy you clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
  461. Because you don’t really know how a room without a roof should feel, so you stop clapping.
  462. Because books are lame.
  463. Because book adaptations aren’t lame.
  464. Because you don’t have a social life, and you’re cool with that.
  465. Because you do have a social life, and you’re cool with that.
  466. Because TV is better than a girlfriend.
  467. Because TV is better than a boyfriend.
  468. Because TV is better than significant others in general.
  469. Because you like watching TV with your significant other.
  470. Because TV is better than hugs.
  471. Because TV is better than bugs.
  472. Because TV is better than rugs.
  473. Because TV is better than male UGGs. (We’re looking at you, Tom Brady).
  474. Because TV is better than cats.
  475. Because TV is better than puppies.
  476. Because do you want to build a snowman?
  477. No? Okay.
  478. Because TV is better than fireworks.
  479. Because TV is better than ants.
  480. Because TV is better than aunts.
  481. Because Uncle Dave won’t stop talking about the time he met Gunnar Stahl from “D2: The Mighty Ducks.”
  482. Because Cousin Lucy threw up.
  483. Because the dog ate your keys.
  484. Because the cat ate your keys.
  485. Because Grandma ate your keys.
  486. Because Great Grandma Nan wants to get her Pat Sajak swerve on.
  487. Because Sister Mary Clarence is in witness protection and needs to find something to do.
  488. Because your mom says there’s “Leftovers” on the counter, but it’s just a DVD of an HBO show.
  489. Because “Live long and prosper.” – Spock
  490. Because Jerry Seinfeld gave you a new appreciation for Muffin tops.
  491. Because “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” – “Adventures of Superman”
  492. Because “Baby, you’re the greatest.” – Ralph Kramden
  493. Because “Yabba dabba doo!” – Fred Flintstone
  494. Because “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” – Jim McKay, “Wide World of Sports”
  495. Because “To the Batmobile!” – Batman
  496. Because “Danger, Will Robinson!” – “Lost in Space”
  497. Because “Kiss my grits!” – Flo, “Alice”
  498. Because “Good night, John Boy.” – “The Waltons”
  499. Because “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.” – “Mission: Impossible”
  500. Because “No soup for you!” – The Soup Nazi
  501. Because “Did I do that?” – Urkel
  502. Because “Cut it out.” – Joey Gladstone
  503. Because “We’ve got a situation.” – Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
  504. Because “Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!” – “South Park”
  505. Because “Sock it to me!” – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”
  506. Because “Book ’em, Danno.” – “McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0”
  507. Because “Bazinga!” – Sheldon Cooper
  508. Because “Just one more thing…” – “Columbo”
  509. Because “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” – Jan Brady
  510. Because “Stifle!” – Archie Bunker
  511. Because “Dude.” – Hurley, “Lost”
  512. Because “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” – “Friday Night Lights”
  513. Because “You hear that, Elizabeth? I’m coming to join you, honey.” – Fred Sanford
  514. Because “Will you accept this rose?” – “The Bachelor”
  515. Because “No? What about you? Will you accept this rose?” – “The Bachelor”
  516. Because “It’s Okay.” – Juan Pablo, “The Bachelor”
  517. Because “That’s Amazing.” – Everyone on “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette”
  518. Because “God will get you for that.” – “Maude”
  519. Because “You’re fired!” – Donald Trump
  520. Because “Who loves ya, baby?” – “Kojak”
  521. Because “Dy-no-mite!” – J.J., “Good Times”
  522. Because “Aaay!” – The Fonz
  523. Because “Come on down!” – “The Price is Right”
  524. Because “Is that your final answer?” – “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”
  525. Because “De plane, de plane!” – Tattoo, “Fantasy Island”
  526. Because “Nanu-nanu.” – Mork, “Mork & Mindy”
  527. Because “Tenk you veddy much.” – Latka, “Taxi”
  528. Because “Let’s be careful out there.” – Esterhaus, “Hill Street Blues”
  529. Because “More cowbell!” – “SNL”
  530. Because “Well, isn’t that special?” – The Church Lady, “SNL”
  531. Because “Eat my shorts.” – Bart, “The Simpsons”
  532. Because “I’m listening.” – “Frasier”
  533. Because “It’s a good thing.” – Martha Stewart
  534. Because “Holy crap!” – Frank Barone
  535. Because “Bam!” – Emeril Lagasse
  536. Because “Make it work.” – Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
  537. Because “Everybody lies.” – “House”
  538. Because “Who’s your daddy?” – “Veronica Mars”
  539. Because “Serenity now!” – “Seinfeld”
  540. Because “Giddy up!” – “Seinfeld”
  541. Because “A Festivus for the rest of us!” – “Seinfeld”
  542. Because “Hello!” – “Seinfeld”
  543. Because “Maybe the dingo ate your baby.” – “Seinfeld”
  544. Because “The jerk store called. They’re running out of you.” – “Seinfeld”
  545. Because “George is getting upset!” – “Seinfeld”
  546. Because “Hello … Newman.” – “Seinfeld”
  547. Because “They’re real, and they’re spectacular.” – “Seinfeld”
  548. Because “Master of my domain.” – “Seinfeld”
  549. Because “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” – “Seinfeld”
  550. Because “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” – “Seinfeld”
  551. Because “Yada yada yada.” – “Seinfeld”
  552. Because “I’m Rick James, bitch!” – “Chappelle’s Show”
  553. Because “What!” – “Chappelle’s Show”
  554. Because all your family is outside, so you sneak indoors to watch “All in the Family.”
  555. Because all your family is inside, so you sneak outdoors to watch “All in the Family.”
  556. Because “M*A*S*H” isn’t just for potatoes.
  557. Because watching “M*A*S*H” is better with potatoes.
  558. Because you want more “Mary Tyler Moore.”
  559. Because you still want more “Mary Tyler Moore.”
  560. Because you want to figure out why everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is so “Mad.”
  561. Because you know why everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is “Mad,” but you want to watch anyway.
  562. Because you have a beer, and it’s time for “Cheers.”
  563. Because you don’t have a beer, but it’s still time for “Cheers.”
  564. Because you fumbled it when it came down to “The Wire.”
  565. Because “The West Wing” is your thing.
  566. Because “The West Wing” could be your thing.
  567. Because you don’t if “The West Wing” is your thing.
  568. Because you like “The Simpsons” better than your family.
  569. Because your family likes “The Simpsons” better than you.
  570. Because you like parties, but you “Love Lucy.”
  571. Because everyone loves “Lucy.”
  572. Because everyone’s breaking bread, but you’re “Breaking Bad.”
  573. Because “Breaking Bad” is better than seeing Grandpa breaking wind.
  574. Because “The Dick Van Dyke Show” keeps Grandma from criticizing your life choices.
  575. Because you get blue without “Hill Street Blues.”
  576. Because your family is more like the Bluths than you’d like to admit.
  577. Because you wish your family was like the Bluths, and that’s scary.
  578. Because “The Daily Show” is called that for a reason.
  579. Because “The Daily Show” is better than listening to your drunk uncle talk politics.
  580. Because “The Daily Show” is actually just like listening to your drunk uncle talk politics.
  581. Because you wish “30 Rock” was your address.
  582. Because “30 Rock” is your address.
  583. Because it’s time for “Friday Night Lights,” and we’re not talking about sparklers.
  584. Because it’s time for “Friday Night Lights,” and we are talking about sparklers.
  585. Because you like to say “Cheers” to “Frasier.”
  586. Because you like to say “Frasier” to “Cheers.”
  587. Because life’s all about “Friends.”
  588. Because all your friends just want to watch “Friends.”
  589. Because you need more “Friends.”
  590. Because Monica and Chandler.
  591. Because Ross and Rachel.
  592. Because Joey and … sandwiches?
  593. Because “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”
  594. Because your girlfriend just dumped you, so it’s time for some “X-Files.” (Like because she’s your Ex.)
  595. Because you wish your girlfriend dumped you so you can watch “X-Files.” (Like because that whole she’s your Ex thing again.)
  596. Because without J. J. Abrams, you’re “Lost.”
  597. Because with J.J. Abrams, you’re found.
  598. Because you pronounce “ER” like “Errrr.”
  599. Because “ER” just gave you a heart attack.
  600. Because “The Cosby Show” is even better than JELL-O pudding pops.
  601. Because “The Cosby Show” is just as good as JELL-O pudding pops.
  602. Because you like watching “The Cosby Show” with JELL-O pudding pops.
  603. Because life can be frustrating, so maybe it’s time to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
  604. Because life’s frustrating, so it’s past time to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
  605. Because the honeymoon is over, but “The Honeymooners” is forever.
  606. Because the sticks in the bonfire won’t light. They call that “Deadwood.”
  607. Because surprise! “Deadwood” is also a TV show.
  608. Because you can’t live long and prosper without “Star Trek.”
  609. Because you can live long and prosper without “Star Trek,” but you don’t want to.
  610. Because “Star Trek” beams you up to fun times.
  611. Because your twins keep looking inside the grill and letting all the heat out. They call that “Twin Peaks.”
  612. Because your life is like an American television serial drama set in a fictional Washington town. They also call that “Twin Peaks.”
  613. Because without “NYPD,” you’re “Blue.”
  614. Because without “NYPD,” you’re green?
  615. Because “The Carol Burnett Show” is real a thing.
  616. Because swerve.
  617. Because swaggy.
  618. Because it’s time to get together with your “Girls.”
  619. Because you don’t want to get your butt muddy.
  620. Because watching “Arthur” is better than Hurricane Arthur.
  621. Because you always thought it was called “Downtown Abbey,” and the fact that it’s “Downton Abbey” means you need to watch it all over.
  622. Because your life is chaos without “Law & Order.”
  623. Because “Law & Order” is chaos without your life.
  624. Because people just need “Law & Order.”
  625. Because you just put “SVU” in the DVD player in your SUV.
  626. Because you originally went to buy “SVU,” but you accidentally got an SUV. (Happens to the best of us.)
  627. Because you’d rather be somewhere else, and that’s why they made “St. Elsewhere.”
  628. Because Porta-Johns.
  629. Because they made “St. Elsewhere,” and you wouldn’t rather be anywhere elsewhere.
  630. Because “The Colbert Report” doesn’t have to many episodes left, Mom.
  631. Because Colbert is taking over on CBS, Mom.
  632. Because there’s nothing more American than Colbert, Mom.
  633. Because you have a “Good Wife.”
  634. Because it’s a holiday, but you still need to check in with “The Office.”
  635. Because you need to check in with “The Office” from the UK.
  636. Because even when you’re at the office, you’re watching “The Office.”
  637. Because one day you’ll look back and just think about “The Wonder Years.”
  638. Because right now you are currently thinking about “The Wonder Years.”
  639. Because “Planet Of The Apes.”
  640. Because it doesn’t get more American than apes on horses.
  641. Because “Fargo.”
  642. Because no one will tell you how to get to “Sesame Street.”
  643. Because you could easily ask how to get to “Sesame Street,” but you want to figure it out for yourself.
  644. Because it’s the day we celebrate Christopher “Columbo,” right? No? Whatever.
  645. Because “Columbo” discovered America.
  646. Because all the people who lived in America weren’t discovered until Christopher “Columbo” got there.
  647. Because everyone else can listen to music outside, but you rock on to the “The Rockford Files.”
  648. Because Carpe diem: Seize the day.
  649. Because Carpet diem: Seize the living room carpet.
  650. Because it’s fetch.
  651. Because Gretchen needs to stop trying to make fetch happen.
  652. Because there’s a baseball game on.
  653. Because there’s another baseball game on.
  654. Because you’re waiting for a baseball game to come on.
  655. Because you wish there was a baseball game on.
  656. Because you can’t figure out why there’s no baseball game on.
  657. Because you remember when “Roots” wasn’t just a band on “The Tonight Show.”
  658. Because you remember when “Roots” wasn’t just a name for when girls grow out their hair and it’s a different color.
  659. Because “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
  660. Because not everybody loves Uncle Raymond.
  661. Because infomercials and ShamWow and stuff.
  662. Because you lost your sunglasses.
  663. Because someone else lost your sunglasses.
  664. Because the sun is sometimes too much fun.
  665. Because cookies.
  666. Because “The Golden Girls.”
  667. Because Betty White.
  668. Because strange and unfamiliar cheese trays.
  669. Because vegetables.
  670. Because someone mentioned “The Andy Griffith Show.”
  671. Because you wish someone mentioned “The Andy Griffith Show.”
  672. Because Jack Bauer.
  673. Because Jack Bauer says America depends on it.
  674. Because Jack Bauer would never lie about something like that.
  675. Because Jack Bauer might’ve lied about something like that.
  676. Because Facebook.
  677. Because twerking.
  678. Because you twerked your back, so you need to rest.
  679. Because reading is for Facebooks.
  680. Because you feel like checking on the “House,” meaning the TV show.
  681. Because you feel like checking on the “House,” meaning your house.
  682. Because your kitchen is a nightmare, and you’re waiting for Gordon Ramsay to show up.
  683. Because of “Parks and Recreation.”
  684. Because Ron Swanson is the greatest American.
  685. Because are we Americans? Or American’ts?
  686. Because there’s a show called “Dog Whisperer.”
  687. Because your dog is super loud, and you want him to learn how to whisper like the dogs on the show.
  688. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of Orange County.”
  689. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of Atlanta.”
  690. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of New York.”
  691. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of New Jersey.”
  692. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.”
  693. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of Miami.”
  694. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of Vancouver.”
  695. Because there’s a show called “Real Housewives Of Melbourne.”
  696. Because if a “Sharknado” hits, you have to be ready.
  697. Because there’s a show called “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”
  698. Because you can think of 8 people who probably wish there wasn’t a show called “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”
  699. Because there’s a show called “Ax Men.”
  700. Because “Ax Men” sounds like “X-Men.”
  701. Because “X-Men” is awesome.
  702. Because there’s a show called “Teen Mom.”
  703. Because you wish there wasn’t a show called “Teen Mom.”
  704. Because you wonder whatever happened to the “Teen Moms.”
  705. Because the bro code.
  706. Because there’s a show called “Jersey Shore.”
  707. Because there’s a show called “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
  708. Because there’s a show called “American Pickers.”
  709. Because there’s a show called “Storage Wars.”
  710. Because there’s a show called “Parking Wars.”
  711. Because there’s a show called “Cupcake Wars.”
  712. Because there’s a show called “Amish Mafia.”
  713. Because there’s a show called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
  714. Because there’s a show called “Blind Date.”
  715. Because there’s a show called “Who’s the Boss?”
  716. Because there’s a show called “Doug.”
  717. Because there’s a show called “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
  718. Because there’s a show called “iCarly.”
  719. Because there’s a show called “Married … with Children”
  720. Because there’s a show called “Happy Days.”
  721. Because there’s a show called “Family Ties.”
  722. Because there’s a show called “Rugrats.”
  723. Because there’s a show called “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”
  724. Because there’s a show called “The Angry Beavers.”
  725. Because there’s a show called “CatDog.”
  726. Because there’s a show called “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.”
  727. Because there’s a show called “Hey Dude.”
  728. Because there’s a show called “The Secret World of Alex Mack.”
  729. Because there’s a show called “Cousin Skeeter.”
  730. Because there’s a show called “Legends of the Hidden Temple.”
  731. Because the Silver Snakes were the shiz.
  732. Because there’s a show called “Double Dare.”
  733. Because there’s a show called “Nickelodeon Guts.”
  734. Because there’s a show called “Global GUTS.”
  735. Because there’s a show called “Robot Wars.”
  736. Because there’s a show called “Figure It Out.”
  737. Because there’s a show called “Are You Afraid of the Dark.”
  738. Because there’s a show called “All That.”
  739. Because there’s a show called “Gullah Gullah Island.”
  740. Because there’s a show called “Blue’s Clues.”
  741. Because there’s a show called “The Wild Thornberrys.”
  742. Because there’s a show called “Invader Zim.”
  743. Because there’s a show called “Rocket Power.”
  744. Because there’s a show called “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.”
  745. Because there’s a show called “KaBlam.”
  746. Because there’s a show called “As Told By Ginger.”
  747. Because there’s a show called “Danny Phantom.”
  748. Because there’s a show called “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
  749. Because there’s a show called “Salute Your Shorts.”
  750. Because there’s a show called “Saved By The Bell.”
  751. Because there’s a show called “Growing Pains.”
  752. Because there’s a show called “Clarissa Explains It All.”
  753. Because there’s a show called “Keenan & Kel.”
  754. Because if they don’t throw candy at the parade, it’s not worth it.
  755. Because parades are overrated.
  756. Because couches are underrated.
  757. Because carnivals get weird.
  758. Because baked beans.
  759. Because weather.
  760. Because beer makes you drunk.
  761. Because beer doesn’t make you drunk enough.
  762. Because beverages in general.
  763. Because why not?
  764. Because cobbler.
  765. Because Stephen “Cobblert.”
  766. Because “The Cobblert Report.”
  767. Because for goodness sake.
  768. Because shortcake.
  769. Because corn on the cob.
  770. Because burgers.
  771. Because you’re so fancy.
  772. Because you’re not fancy enough.
  773. Because babies.
  774. Because babies who overestimate their cuteness.
  775. Because watermelon.
  776. Because barbecue sauce.
  777. Because barbecues are messy.
  778. Because concerts are dirty.
  779. Because baseball is better on TV.
  780. Because with game shows, everybody wins.
  781. Because you can see the flag just fine from indoors.
  782. Because it’s your day off.
  783. Because you’re starting a revolution.
  784. Because the butt indent on the couch is big enough for all 13 original colonies.
  785. Because you declare independence from awkwardness.
  786. Because it’s what Paul Revere would’ve done.
  787. Because no one cares what you do.
  788. Because everyone cares too much what you do.
  789. Because no one came to your party. That’s not cool. You made pizza bagels.
  790. Because too many people came to your party. That’s not cool. There’s only one bag of pizza bagels.
  791. Because you didn’t have a party. That’s not cool. You’re gonna waste those pizza bagels.
  792. Because you can’t even.
  793. Because the sun be throwing shade at you.
  794. Because you got sunburnt.
  795. Because you are pretending you got sunburnt.
  796. Because you lied about being sunburnt, and now you can’t face your mom.
  797. Because you don’t have matching socks.
  798. Because your socks match a little too well.
  799. Because you can’t find your mandles.
  800. Because you just learned what mandles are.
  801. Because you are waiting for Shark Week.
  802. Because you wish Shark Week lasted all year.
  803. Because “Cake Boss” is sweet.
  804. Because Dumbledore died.
  805. Because Katniss is shooting arrows at your heart like Cupid.
  806. Because you missed the bus.
  807. Because you wish you missed the bus.
  808. Because you said a joke and no one laughed, so you’re thinking about your life.
  809. Because you’re secretly watching “Frozen.”
  810. Because you’re watching “Frozen,” but it’s not a secret.
  811. Because you like to turn the volume down and add commentary. You know it’s weird.
  812. Because you’re still really mad about that Dumbledore thing.
  813. Because someone at the party used your name in that “Bananarama Fo Fama” song, and you don’t know how to take it.
  814. Because you have soul searching to do.
  815. Because you wish you had some soul searching to do.
  816. Because Dumbledore. Seriously?
  817. Because you watch the Food Network for recipes.
  818. Because you really can’t deal with Karen right now.
  819. Because you don’t feel like going to the grocery store.
  820. Because you do feel like going to the grocery story but still want to wait it out.
  821. Because the hotdogs are gone.
  822. Because you wish the hotdogs were gone.
  823. Because hotdogs get on your nerves.
  824. Because you get on hotdogs’ nerves?
  825. Because you’re as mad about the hotdogs as the whole Dumbledore situation.
  826. Damn you, Dumbledore.
  827. Because some golf should be on, right?
  828. Because you’re still trying to figure out “The Sopranos” finale.
  829. Because you have a theory that if you fast forward quickly enough through “Laguna Beach” Season 3, you’ll go back in time, and it’ll be like it never happened.
  830. Because you wish “Jersey Shore” never did that season in Italy.
  831. Because “Camp Rock.”
  832. Because “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
  833. Because “Camp Rock” is almost out of jam.
  834. Because “Flavor of Love.”
  835. Because the “Flavor of Love” spinoff “I Love New York.”
  836. Because the “I Love New York” spinoff “Real Chance of Love.”
  837. Because the second season of “Real Chance of Love” called “Real Chance of Love 2: Back in the Saddle.”
  838. Because “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.”
  839. Because sometimes you’re just “So Raven.”
  840. Because sometimes you’re just not “So Raven.”
  841. Because Mario Lopez hosted that show called “Pet Star,” and you had to get up really early to watch it. And it had dogs that could like almost skateboard.
  842. Because no one remembers “The Famous Jett Jackson.”
  843. Because you’re breaking down old footage of “Even Stevens” to see where Shia went wrong.
  844. Because Late Night Wars.
  845. Because “Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!”
  846. Because you’re a Pokémon Master.
  847. Because you need to know why those “Housewives” were so “Desperate.”
  848. Because you got caught up in that damn map song on “Dora the Explorer.”
  849. Because you think “Diego” is a “Dora” wannabe.
  850. Because you told someone you think “Dora” is “A-dora-ble.” They didn’t react how you wanted them to.
  851. Because you learn life lessons from “The Wiggles.”
  852. Because you can’t figure out how the letter “A” got all that damn money to sponsor “Sesame Street.”
  853. Same for “B.”
  854. Same for “C.”
  855. Same for “D.”
  856. Same for “E.”
  857. Same for “F.”
  858. Same for “G.”
  859. Same for “H.”
  860. Same for “I.”
  861. Same for “J.”
  862. Same for “K.”
  863. Same for “L.”
  864. Same for “M.”
  865. Same for “N.”
  866. Same for “O.”
  867. Same for “P.”
  868. Same for “Q.”
  869. Same for “R.”
  870. Same for “S.”
  871. Same for “T.”
  872. Same for “U.”
  873. Same for “V.”
  874. Same for “W.”
  875. Same for “X.”
  876. Same for “Y.”
  877. Because you can understand for “Z.” That letter has a lot of Bitcoin.
  878. Because you wonder why you don’t have a lot of Bitcoin.
  879. Because what the hell is Bitcoin?
  880. Because if Ben Franklin tied a Bitcoin to the end of a kite string, he would have discovered the Internet.
  881. Because that’s what Al Gore did, right?
  882. Because there’s a show called “Buying Naked” that you just can’t watch when your parents are in the room.
  883. Because you watched the video tape from “The Ring,” and then someone called you, but your phone died and they didn’t leave a message, so now you need to watch it again and hope they call back.
  884. Because taxes, right?
  885. Because you think “Teletubbies” is based on a true story.
  886. Because you really hope “Teletubbies” isn’t based on a true story.
  887. Because it’s time to figure out why up until the ’50s the world was in black and white.
  888. Because TV always “Cheers” you up.
  889. Because you really like using “Cheers” as a pun.
  890. Because you wonder if Ted Danson would appreciate that.
  891. Because your life is so like “The Mindy Project” that it’s not even funny.
  892. Because if Rachel Bilson can pull off being a doctor on “Hart of Dixie,” you’re sure as heck going to support her.
  893. Because you want to remember when “One Tree Hill” was still good.
  894. Because “One Tree Hill” was always good.
  895. Because you’re checking to see if “Lone Survivor” is On Demand yet.
  896. Because you’re checking to see if “Robocop” is On Demand yet.
  897. Because you’re checking to see if “Lego Movie” is On Demand yet.
  898. Because everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.
  899. Because you’re checking to see if “Son Of God” is On Demand yet.
  900. Because you’re checking to see if “Endless Love” is On Demand yet.
  901. Because you hope no one knows you checked if “Endless Love” is On Demand yet.
  902. Because now you’re sitting in your house, paranoid that someone knows.
  903. Because you watch “Endless Love” and decide it was totally worth it.
  904. Because “2 Broke Girls” is a show.
  905. Because you like the Charlie Sheen “Two and a Half Men.”
  906. Because you like the Ashton Kutcher “Two and a Half Men.”
  907. Because “3rd Rock From The Sun” is a show.
  908. Because “8 Simple Rules” is a show.
  909. Because “According to Jim” is a show.
  910. Because “The Addams Family” is a show.
  911. Because “ALF” is a show.
  912. Because “Aliens In The Family” is a show.
  913. Because “American Dad!” is a show.
  914. Because “Angela Anaconda” is a show.
  915. Because “A.N.T. Farm” is a show.
  916. Because you watch “SportsCenter” for the first time today.
  917. Because you watch “SportsCenter” for the second time today.
  918. Because you watch “SportsCenter” for the third time today.
  919. Because you watch “SportsCenter” for the fourth time today.
  920. Because you realize it’s been the same episode of “SportsCenter” for the past 4 hours.
  921. Because you watch “SportsCenter” for the fifth time today.
  922. Because “Firefly” is a show.
  923. Because “Firefly” is a show that needs to come back.
  924. Because “The Bernie Mac Show” is a show.
  925. Because “The Beverly Hillbillies” is a show.
  926. Because you watch “SportsCenter” for the sixth time today.
  927. Because TV is your life.
  928. Because you think you might be in “The Truman Show” right now.
  929. Because “Bewitched” is a show.
  930. Because “The Big Bang Theory” is a show.
  931. Because Sheldon Cooper is the man.
  932. Because “Big Time Rush” is a show and a band, and you wish you didn’t know the second part of that.
  933. Because “The Bill Engvall Show” is a show.
  934. Because “Blossom” is a show.
  935. Because “Bob’s Burgers” is a show.
  936. Because “Bosom Buddies” is a show.
  937. Because you realize Tom Hanks is a great actor.
  938. Because you think Tom Hanks might be your favorite actor.
  939. Because you realize T. Hanks looks like “Thanks.”
  940. Because you want to tell T. Hanks thanks for being an actor.
  941. Because there’s a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” Marathon on BBC.
  942. Because there’s a “America The Story Of Us” marathon on History.
  943. Because “Seinfeld” was groundbreaking.
  944. Because shovels are groundbreaking.
  945. Because “The Brady Bunch” is a show.
  946. Because you look on your DVR for the episode where Marcia gets hit in the nose.
  947. Because you find it and rewind it a few too many times.
  948. Because “Brothers and Sisters” is a show.
  949. Because “California Dreams” is a show.
  950. Because “Caroline in the City” is a show.
  951. Because “Clueless” is a show.
  952. Because “Coach” is a show.
  953. Because “Community” is a show again.
  954. Because you wish you could go to Greendale Community College for real.
  955. Because actually you don’t wish that.
  956. Because “Cory in the House” is a show.
  957. Because “Cougar Town” is a show.
  958. Because “Crash & Bernstein” is a show.
  959. Because “Dharma & Greg” is a show.
  960. Because “Diff’rent Strokes” is a show.
  961. Because sometimes you confuse Arnold and Webster, so you like watching “Diff’rent Strokes” to keep things straight.
  962. Because “What you talkin’ bout Willis?”
  963. Because “Dinosaurs” is a show.
  964. Because “Doogie Howser, M.D.” is a show.
  965. Because “The Drew Carey Show” is a show.
  966. Because “Ed, Edd n Eddy” is a show.
  967. Because “The Ellen Show” is a show.
  968. Because “Everybody Hates Chris,” but everybody loves his show.
  969. Because “The Facts of Life” is a show.
  970. Because “Family Guy” is a show.
  971. Because “Family Matters” is a show.
  972. Because “Family Ties” is a show.
  973. Because “Flight of the Conchords” is a show.
  974. Because “The Flintstones” is a show.
  975. Because “The Flying Nun” is a show.
  976. Because “The Fosters” is a show.
  977. Because “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is a show.
  978. Because you remember every word of the “Fresh Prince” theme song.
  979. Because “This is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down.”
  980. Because “What ever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV!”
  981. Because “What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?”
  982. Because “I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.”
  983. Because “Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks!”
  984. Because “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
  985. Because “Who you gonna call?”
  986. Because “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
  987. Because “Are you ready for some footballllll!”
  988. Because you’re too hungover.
  989. Because you’re not hungover enough.
  990. Because there’s no ice cubes at the party.
  991. Because there’s no Ice Cube at the party.
  992. Because you survived Y2K.
  993. Because you don’t know what Y2K is.
  994. Because freedom is spelled with 7 letters.
  995. Because united we stand. Divided we “Falling Skies.”
  996. Because “I have a ‘Dream Girls.'”
  997. Because the only thing to fear is fear itself … and if your favorite show gets cancelled.
  998. Because liberty and “Justified” for all.
  999. Because God bless “America’s … Got Talent.”
  1000. Because “Oh, say can you CNN.”

Reasons 1001 – 1776. Because America.

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A Drum God, Juno Jammers & Superheroes: Conversations with Terry Bozzio, July Talk and Magic Man

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A Conversation with Terry Bozzio

Mike Ragogna: Terry, when did your devotion to percussion and drums begin and who are some of your early musical heroes?

Terry Bozzio: Surf Drum Music, Sandy Nelson etc., then The Beatles on Ed Sullivan made me beg my father for drum lessons. I’m celebrating the anniversary of 50 years since that first lesson on July 15, 2014. Then the San Francisco music scene exploded and local bands like Big Brother with Janis Joplin could be seen down the road for $ 2.50. Jimi Hendrix and Cream came next. Then I went to college and got into studying the great jazz drummers who played with Miles or Coltrane and classical music.

MR: What was playing with Frank Zappa like and how did he influence you? What are your favorite recordings with him?

TB: I was very much in awe of Franks’s multiple talents and intellectual prowess. I learned so much from him in 3 years! It was like Marine Boot Camp for musicians.
He took me from being a naive drummer from San Francisco to being known all over the world with credibility, just because I was affiliated with him. Favorite recording would have to be “The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution” because it was an improvisation with him.

MR: You also played in UK and with Jeff Beck. What are your reflections of those years?

TB: Ah, the English! Well, Beck, of course, is just the best guitarist and one of the nicest people I have worked with. Thanks to him and keyboardist/composer Tony Hymas we made Guitar Shop, won a Grammy and toured the world several times. Playing with Jeff is like lighting a fire. And I loved to try to light him on fire! The UK was a great experience for me as well, I was a sideman member, enjoyed the music and tried to play my ass off back then.

MR: How did your group Missing Persons come about and did you leave for creative or personal reasons or…?

TB: It was a concept that developed between Warren, my ex [Dale Bozzio] and myself. I was frustrated by being a sideman in UK and wanted to do something more unique and modern. Warren left Frank Zappa and I left UK. We hooked up with the legendary Ken Scott, and Zappa let us use his studio to cut the demo EP (that got picked up and later sold something close to 400K, which for a time was the best selling EP in history). The idea was to be as creative as possible w/great players and intricate music but in the “pop” universe. We wanted it to be like a Fellini movie, and it was on many levels, including the tragic parts!

MR: Do you have a spiritual connection when playing drums and percussion?

TB: Absolutely. It’s really very much a “whole psyche” experience. I describe it as a “borderline” state of using all that you know and are, consciously: Intellectually, emotionally, physically and intuitively. But dipping into the unconscious and letting things happen or come through you that you were not aware of or planning. That’s the spiritual moment where things better that you could conceive happen. At that moment you use everything you know about music and compositional technique to develop, repeat, enhance or contrast with this sort of “gift idea” you have been graced with. When you are in this “zone,” it is an awesome experience.

MR: Any particular moments of your career overall that you’re the most proud of?

TB: My bio is loaded with them, Zappa once called me a genius! That was nice! But, I’m hoping this upcoming tour will be that. My big kit has midi to enhance the melodies I play. There are a lot of contrasting pieces I’ll be playing that take from, classical, ethnic percussion styles from all over the world, ambient, spacey, film score like compositions, as well as my art work as a stage set. I hope to take my audience on a time traveling experience with me!

MR: You also recorded instructional videos, performed at drum clinics, etc. How do you feel about being in the role of teacher or mentor?

TB: You can’t keep it unless you give it away! When not touring I work at DrumChannel.com hosting shows where I get to interview the best drummers in the world and play with them! And I have a full Art of Drumming lesson series you could study from. It covers all the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics and orchestration as applied to the drum set in video and downloadable PDF files of exercises. I feel responsible to study and use the correct language of music–from the Western European tradition–when I speak and teach. I then try to share my concepts. A concept can be universal and students can apply them in infinite ways according to their own expression and affinities.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

TB: Study, learn the history, learn the basics. Try to be consistent and enjoy the process. Look inside, be authentic and honest with yourself, others and your art.

MR: And what would you have told Terry Bozzio when he was first starting out?

TB: Probably the same thing…but I wouldn’t have listened!! Youth is wasted on youth.

MR: Where do you see your place in music as a player and patron saint of the ostinato?

TB: I don’t see myself that way at all! An ostinato is just another of many musical/compositional devices. Most music falls into the homophonic category, that is, sound with sound, harmonic or rhythmic accompaniment with a lead melody or rhythm line. The accompaniment is always subordinate to the lead line. Much the same way as a pianist plays a bass line or chords with his left hand while playing the lead melody with his right. This technique has been around for hundreds of years–i.e. Mozart’s use of the “Alberti bass line”–and is not my invention. The drum set was only invented about 1899 when a drummer rigged up a way to play bass drum with his foot while playing snare drum with his hands. We’ve been expanding and developing techniques and technology to this day. It’s what we do! What we love! I love to compose, paint, practice new things, invent new equipment, make my drums look like an abstract (but functional) sculpture! Nobody pays me to do those things! It’s what I feel compelled to do. But I also love to share what I’ve discovered with others. That’s where my love of performance comes in. And most importantly the magic of live music. There is nothing to compare it too… CD’s, DVD’s of say Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” are great, but when you hear it played by great musicians in a symphony hall it becomes transcendent!

Think about it. Music is a ritual or reenactment of a myth. A theater is a “church” for music. The listener gives himself over to the experience without the distractions of the outside normal world. The artist is a channel or medium for the very spirit of creativity. He is high up on stage, the listener low. He is in the light, the listener is in the dark. He performs through an amplified sound system while the listener is silent. If the artist does his job correctly, both share in a transcendent experience where one is lifted above our normal mundane state of consciousness into a place where time and space no longer have such a hold on us. We are transformed, if only for a moment, into a place where feelings of awe, joy and ecstasy exist. Science explains this as entrainment, because everything in the universe is rhythm–frequency and vibration. From the rotations of planets to tempo, into the hearing range of pitch, to color–trillions of vibrations per second–to radio waves, x-rays and beyond, all are related by the law of the octave. So music is indeed a metaphor for the universe!

An Evening with Terry Bozzio North American Tour Dates:

Aug 14, 2014 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
Aug 15, 2014 – Mexicali, BC, Mexico – Lob Bar (Bol Bol)
Aug 17, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music Theater
Aug 19, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV – Sam Ash
Aug 23, 2014 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove
Aug 26, 2014 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
Aug 28, 2014 – Conroe, TX – Dosey Doe
Aug 29, 2014 – Fort Worth, TX – McDavid Studio
Aug 31, 2014 – Austin, TX – One World Theater
Sept 04, 2014 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Sept 05, 2014 – Largo, FL – Largo Cultural Center
Sept 08, 2014 – Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theater
Sept 10, 2014 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Sept 11, 2014 – Wilmington, DE – World Café
Sept 13, 2014 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
Sept 14, 2014 – New York City, NY – Iridium (2 shows – 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 15, 2014 – New York City, NY – Iridium (2 shows – 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 16, 2014 – Stafford Springs, CT – Stafford Palace Theater
Sept 17, 2014 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
Sept 19, 2014 – Richmond Hill, ON, Canada – Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Sept 21, 2014 – Buffalo, NY – Nietzches
Sept 22, 2014 – Cleveland, OH – Nighttown
Sept 24, 2014 – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley
Sept 26, 2014 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
Sept 30, 2014 – Little Rock, AR – Juanitas
Oct 05, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs
Oct 06, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs
Oct 10, 2014 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada – West End Cultural Centre
Oct 14, 2014 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Orpheus Theatre
Oct 17, 2014 – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada – Tidemark Theatre
Oct 18, 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Rio Theatre
Oct 19, 2014 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
Oct 20, 2014 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Oct 23, 2014 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi´s
Oct 25, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Catalina´s
Oct 26, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Catalina´s

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A Conversation with July Talk

Mike Ragogna: I’m sure you’ve been asked this a billion times, so here comes a billion and one. What is the history of the name “July Talk”?

Peter Dreimanis: Essentially, the first song that was written for the band was called “July Talk” and we ended up switching and using it as the band name because it seemed so fitting. The whole band is based around conversation, every song is kind of a back and forth between Leah and I. The month of July seemed prevalent because as a young person you can start a summer, you can party your face off, you can fall in love, you can have these incredible high highs and low lows and then the fall can come and everything gets swept under the rug. We wanted to have a conversation that was stuck within that naïveté, I guess, that lost summer. That kind of felt fitting for the band’s name because of the dramatic live show we try to put as such a priority.

MR: You guys are based in Toronto, right?

Leah Fay: Correct!

MR: What’s the history of the band?

LF: Peter and I met in a bar.

MR: A lot of great stories start with that line.

LF: [laughs] We dug the way our voices sounded so we started getting together and playing some tunes and it quickly became very obvious that this project needed to be a full-on five piece rock ‘n’ roll band, so Danny Miles on drums, Josh Warburton on bass, and Ian Docherty on guitar all came into the picture. Basically, we toured the sh*t out of Canada and now we’ve kind of slowly been introducing ourselves to the rest of the world.

MR: Josh, you’ve directed the band’s videos, which are all in black and white. Usually, that approach is used for a retro or noir effect. What was your intention?

Josh Warburton: The video is just an extension of an aesthetic that Peter had early on. We approached everything in this black and white visual that helps illustrate the ying and the yang, the black and white of the conversation between he and Leah. Obviously, as a filmmaker when you’re told you can only make something in black and white you’re thrilled because normally people don’t want to see black and white or don’t want to commission black and white work. For us it became this opportunity to have a wonderful aesthetic and from there build in some period elements while still keeping the project rounded and contemporary. It’s just a great place to start from and the band is really fun to film, there’s always great energy, so it seems to be the perfect fit.

PD: It’s just as important that we have fun creating the visuals for the band as we do creating the record. I think as the project develops they become so interwoven you get lost. When we’re writing a song it won’t be five minutes into finding that hook that we’re already thinking of what the visual side could be, so moving forward we’re really looking forward to working our asses off and trying to create something really cohesive.

MR: What’s the music making process like?

LF: July Talk kind of only lives on stage. When we first released our first album in Canada, we’d played maybe four shows or something like that, so the ten songs came out and we quickly realized how much they were changing and how much we were learning about what this project really is. It’s kind of a chaotic rock ‘n’ roll experiment based on a conversation, so the way we write is trying to capture that kind of energy and write with an audience in mind. The way we’ve figured out how to do that best for us currently is locking ourselves in a cabin or a house and working sixteen to eighteen hour days waking up in the morning and writing. It can be complicated to collaborate but at the end of the day five minds are better than one.

MR: Peter, how do you feel about your voice being compared to Tom Waits?

PD: [laughs] It’s an inevitable thing when you sing in that register, to be compared to people that do. I’ve always lived by the idea that as an artist if you’re not exercising the part of you that makes you the most unique you might not be getting at the epicenter of what you can put into the world. It’s important to me that I experiment with that. As soon as I became old enough as a teenager to start making these sounds that I thought only old men could make, it opened up a world of opportunity. All these songs that you start playing and start writing suddenly mean something completely different when they come out of your gut, or out of this part of you that you didn’t even know really existed. Writing with Leah, it’s an entirely incredible project. We always joke that if we ever had another band where it was just one of us songwriting would be kind of boring. It’s so addictive to create these two sides to every issue and use the difference in our voices to illustrate that conflict. It’s quite addicting, and my voice doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, it’s only getting lower. Hopefully, we can keep doing it.

MR: Do you think that might be from life on the road?

PD: Uh, yeah, you hit the nail on the head.

MR: And Leah, you’re a soprano. Did you have any training?

LF: Not really. The first time I started singing was because I very briefly wanted to have a career as a musical theater actress. I spent my whole life dancing and doing art and then eventually studying performance art, but when I was trying to figure out what it was I wanted to do I was like, “I just want to be a triple threat!” Unfortunately, I didn’t really have any faith in my voice, but you have your heart broken and then you need to start writing songs about it. I started singing out of necessity, not so much because I thought I had a good voice.

MR: Where do the topics you write about come from?

PD: They kind of come out of nowhere. We could be driving in a van and something comes up. What’s changed over the last year of writing for the band is that we’re a bit more on the same team. It used to be that Leah would write what she’s says and I would write what I’m saying and we would hope there’s enough butting of heads in the process that there would be conflict in the art. But I think as time went on, we started doing it more like how the band makes music, which is a heavily accountable editing process where every little part. Every little word has to be proven to each other and we have to make sure that we’re headed in the right direction. The topics we write about lately is kind of what it’s like to be a man or a woman at our age and try to be brave and say things that everybody knows, but people are a little afraid to say; acknowledge the unacknowledged. I think that inherently when you put a man and a woman on stage, you could be singing “Born To Run” and it would mean something totally different from when Bruce Springsteen sings it. People are going to attach gender identity to anything so we thought, “Why not explore those topics and really try to take an opportunity that’s fallen in our lap?” I think that’s the direction that we like to write in, to examine those ideas.

MR: Your latest single and EP title is Guns + Ammunition. Its subject matter seems pretty universal yet complex.

PD: Yeah. We’re really obsessed with these two opposite sides and “Guns + Ammunition” seemed like a perfect metaphor for codependence. Neither of them is anything without the other. Thinking of that when it comes to being in love and being damaged felt right. I think that as we go through these writing processes, we get excited because we push each other and make sure that we’re really getting to the essence of something. The only reason it really is rewarding is because when you write the songs that really do get to the essence of that conflict. When you play it live, it’s different every night and there’s a fight that starts. Each song is getting to that point, and when we started playing “Guns + Ammunition,” it was just so obvious that that song was able to hit something that created this feud, this chaos, this manic-ness on stage that hasn’t disappeared, and it changes every single night.

MR: So your live act contains a performance art approach. How much of that would you say is in the mix on stage?

LF: Well, it’s not really a planned thing where we say, “Tonight’s going to be a night that we focus on performance art,” because that kind of goes against everything that I think live performance art is and stands for. Where it falls into a more conceptual-based is just because we’re trying to all acknowledge the fact that we’re human beings on stage and we’re in a room with a bunch of other human beings who can be affected by us. It’s all just feeling what the room needs and then giving whatever that is to them on a night-by-night basis. There’s a lot of pushing on boundaries and sometimes taking things back.

PD: I think that the real thing that I’ve learned from Leah, especially from her education with performance is just seeing vulnerability and the risk of failure as a good thing. Something that I think all five of us have realized is that it’s not interesting to watch a performer sit in a comfortable chair and play their song. If you’re going to get at that conflict that we’re talking about you need to see somebody at their absolute breaking point, the break where they think that everything’s going to fall apart and maybe it does for a few seconds, maybe mistakes are made, maybe guitars get unplugged and there’s things being thrown. That’s what we’re trying to get at, that point where the audience really isn’t sure if what’s happening is good or bad or intentional or how they should feel about it or react. Those are the moments in a July Talk show where everybody in the room is feeling so uncomfortable and so intimate at the same time. I think that’s kind of what we’re trying to go for, those moments.

LF: When you’re on stage, you can totally manipulate people. If Peter smashes his face and he’s bleeding but then I say, “Don’t worry, it’s fake blood,” seventy-five percent of the audience will believe me. You can really take them along for whatever sort of ride they’re willing to go on.

MR: July Talk was acknowledged as Best Alternative Group of the Year by Canadian Sirius/XM’s indie awards, and you’ve also been nominated Group of the Year at the Juno Awards. These are pretty big accomplishments considering this is technically your debut EP.

LF: We’re totally babies.

PD: [laughs] We actually joke about it all the time. It happened far more quickly than we expected. It’s kind of just one of those situations where the point that we thought this band was going to is so far past that we’re really just trying to get to the point where we can live as artists and have ideas and put them into action. That’s our dream now, so we all just work together and our lives have, basically, been turned upside down. But we like them much more than our old lives.

MR: Hey July Talk, what advice do you have for new artists?

LF: Do your thing. Don’t give a f**k about what anyone else thinks. You’ve got to hone in on what it is that makes you, and what it is that you want to say and try not to be affected by that human urge to compete and compare and talk down to and all those things. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be a good person. That’s the important thing. You can’t be a s**thead.

PD: I think the biggest thing is just staying on the idea that if you make a mistake make it again and capitalize on it. That’s what people are interested in seeing. They’re interested in seeing human beings, they don’t want to see this glossy thing that has nothing to do with real life. That’s what we’re into. I don’t know if it will work for them.

Ian Docherty: Play a lot and tour.

Josh Warburton: I’m kind of reiterating, but I think being sincere in what you’re doing is important. It’s really easy when you’re a musician, and especially in this industry, to start to model certain elements of your act around what’s working around you. I think when that stuff happens, you get a lot Frankenstein bands, both visually and sonically. If you can stay the course and find what it is that influences you and then if your songs can translate and play well just on the acoustic guitar, then you’re golden.

Danny Miles: I full agree with Josh, being true to yourself, and Ian as well, working hard. It doesn’t come easy. We are a new band, but we’ve all been working hard for years before this.

LF: Try to be as smelly as possible and make all the people fall in love with your pheromones.

MR: [laughs] Where do you want July Talk’s future to go?

PD: I think we very early on decided that we needed to know what we were in it for. You obviously don’t become a musician to make money anymore, so it’s very important to know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Josh and I had that conversation when we first started the band. “What do we want?” I remember Josh’s answer was to make a great record, one of those records that people remember. My goal, if you want to call it that, was to have a show that people knew and could come and enjoy and see multiple shows in a tour and still feel like they wanted more. As soon as we started developing that, well, right now our live show is where we feel at home. We feel totally rewarded by it and we can’t get enough of that. The record is the next step, moving forward. You’re always trying to create that sound and capture that moment on record. I think that’s next for us. I hope with this release in the States we can continue exploring that.

LF: I think when you start a band, what you really want to do is take over the world but then the checkpoints of world domination keep getting farther and farther away and the world just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I think that’s kind of the motivating point to keep going, you just have to accept that you don’t know anything. For us, as long as this project keeps going and we’re constantly being pushed back onto our asses, it makes us want to stand up again and work harder and keep learning.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Magic Man

Mike Ragogna: Here you are with your You Are Here EP, “Paris” being one of its featured tracks and premiered video. But enough of that. You’re a Boston act, a place from where many high-powered, iconic groups have emerged. So what is Magic Man’s superhero origin story?

Sam Lee: Well, we’re all from a mysterious alien planet where the lower gravity makes us musical geniuses.

MR: Hmm, there’s something familiar about this story. Watch it be the truth…

SL: No one would believe you even if it was! [laugh] In terms of the band, Alex and I actually grew up together, we’ve known each other since preschool, we grew up right down the street from each other. Then throughout middle school and high school we learned how to play music together. We played in a lot of bands together, a lot of different types of bands; some typical garage rock bands, some cover bands, played some instrumental, broody post-rock music. Magic Man, we started in the summer after our freshman year of college. It was the first thing we’d done together that really felt like something we could take pretty far. We self-produced and self-released our first album as Magic Man in winter of 2010, but that was when we were in college, so we weren’t really focusing on the music full time. We played a lot of basement shows, house parties, frat parties, did a little bit of touring, but really we were in school so that was taking up a lot of our time. But during that time, the band evolved from the two-piece of Alex and I to a five-piece band. We started focusing our sound more on a full rock band sound, still using a lot of the electronics and synths from when it was just the two of us and a laptop, but we tried to focus it on a more energetic, rock-oriented show. That’s kind of how the band developed the sound we have now, playing shows with the full band and writing with that sort of sweaty house party show in mind, trying to keep as much of that energy there in the music as we could.

MR: Is that how the creative process takes place? You and Alex create the core of the songs and then take it to the rest of the members?

SL: That’s exactly right. Alex and I usually come up with the songs. I’ll come to Alex with a chord progression or beat and he’ll come to me with a lyric or a melody or something like that and we’ll build the song up from there, get it to a demo state with just the two of us, and then bring it to the band to learn how to play live and to record.

MR: Do you guys come from Boston proper or one of the suburbs?

SL: We’re from a suburb called Newton.

MR: Do you think growing up in that part of the world had an influence on your creativity at all?

SL: I would say where we’re from definitely had an influence, particularly because Newton is obviously a relatively wealthy community and our parents were very supportive of our music. I don’t know how common it is everywhere, but starting in fourth grade we started playing the recorder. That was horrible. We were all really bad at it, but pretty soon after that, I took up an instrument in the school band. Newton South High School had a really good music scene. In Newton in general, there were a lot of kids playing music. Kids in bands playing in their parents’ garages or basements or wherever. I definitely feel like maybe not so much the geography of where we’re from, but the people influenced us definitely.

Alex Caplow: The mentality, yeah. The standard for what kind of music kids were playing in high school bands was far higher than just being in a jam band or playing covers. Everyone was sort of feeding off of each other’s creative energy. It wasn’t really enough to just jam out. People wanted to come see real bands with original music, so everyone was very, very passionate about their projects and about joining lots of different bands.

MR: So there was something in the dirty water.

AC: Yes.

SL: Yeah, yeah, there was definitely something in the dirty water!

MR: This is sort of an obvious question for someone as old as I am, but “Magic Man” to me references Heart’s song “Magic Man.” I’m imagining you’ve come across that a time or two.

SL: [laughs] Oh yeah.

AC: Yeah, we do come across it. It’s a great song but it’s also a coincidence. The story behind the band name is actually that when we were writing the first Magic Man songs we were in France, working on organic farms the summer after our freshman year of college. Sam was learning French. My mother is French, so I was happy to come join him. We met a lot of really interesting characters while we were there and writing music on his laptop during the day when it was too hot to work. One of the farms we were working at was hosting this circus festival by chance, so there were just hundreds of really crazy characters–jugglers, magicians–and we were doing more pitching circus tents than farming. The first person that we met was a young guy, around our age, who was an aspiring magician who called himself “The Magic Man.” He didn’t speak English very well, but he was this guy who showed us the ropes and was our first friend that we made and the first supporter of our music. He was the first to hear the songs we were working on at the time, so when we were thinking of what we should call this project, we decided we should name it after him.

MR: That’s a great story. Who influenced you guys?

SL: We listen to a ton of different music and try not to get bogged down or pigeonhole ourselves into one or two genres, especially when we’re working. We love listening to everything from Top Forty stuff to more obscure underground music. I feel like everything brings something to the table that gives you an interesting perspective. Then sometimes you hear something you like and you can steal it and use it in your own music.

AC: During the first songs that we wrote, we were listening to a lot of Arcade Fire and Postal Service and The Killers. I grew up listening to a lot of Coldplay, so we have a lot of that line between pop and alternative rock and electronic music, where all those circles intersect. That’s where we were trying to go with it, to take you to the best of all those worlds.

MR: And now comes the part of the story where the low-gravity alien gets signed to The Daily Planet…I mean Sony. How did that happen?

SL: Well, Derek [Davies] and Lizzy [Plapinger,] two good friends of ours who run the label Neon Gold had an imprint deal with Columbia. They signed our first album, Real Life Colors. We had put it up on BandCamp giving it away for free. We got some attention from blogs. It ended up on Pitchfork and a bunch of other blogs, which was great and we had some great feedback from fans. And at that point, we were kind of thinking, “We’re going to make a second album and we’re just going to do it the same way we recorded our first album. We’ll record it ourselves, produce it ourselves, friends will play on the record, and friends will help us make it.” All of a sudden, Neon Gold, our favorite label, one that’s released a ton of stuff we look up to, got in touch of us. It’s sort of like a dream come true, them wanting to work with us.

AC: It was hard to stay focused in school when that deal was presented to us. My future was no longer becoming a psychologist. I was dreading not knowing what I was going to do after school. I didn’t want to go to grad school. Then all of a sudden, we had this record deal and it was like, “You can be a musician as your occupation!” It was a great way to graduate.

MR: Congratulations! So the next step, obviously is a full album. Is this EP a sampling of what’s going to appear on that?

SL: Yeah, we recorded it in the same sessions. Once we graduated from school, we holed-up in a home studio in Providence, Rhode Island, where we moved after we graduated and really spent a year or more crafting these songs and taking ones we’d written in college and improving them. Last summer, we took those songs, we went to New York and worked with a producer there, a producer named Alex Aldi. We built the songs up from the demos and did some additional production and mixing and ended up with the songs that are now on You Are Here and Before The Waves, our album. It’s definitely a similar sonic palette, but hopefully on the album, there’s a little more variety, more room to tell a narrative and have the journey from the start of the album to the end.

MR: It’s interesting that your EP includes three songs with geographical shout outs…”Texas,” “Paris,” and “Nova Scotia.”

AC: Yeah, we actually have songs called “Chicagoland” and “South Dakota” on the album as well.

MR: Does this reveal a subconscious desire to travel the world as the band Magic Man?

SL: Alex is actually a South Dakota native from a past life; he’s been reincarnated and is inhabiting his alien body with the spirit of a South Dakotan. What do you call someone from South Dakota? Dakotan? Decoded?

AC: A South Coyote.

SL: It wasn’t something that we consciously set out to do, but we did name the EP You Are Here kind of thinking of those geographically-named songs. Once we were putting the songs together for the EP and album, we liked the connection. Writing about places is something that we’ve done for a long time. You can see a bunch that didn’t end up on the album that use the same tricks. It’s kind of a fun exercise, to write about how a place makes you feel or what it means to you, or to use it as a jumping off point for a song, especially being people who really like to travel and being a band that started when Alex and I were traveling. Thinking about how a place might inspire you is always a good place to start a song. You might end up with something that has nothing to do with the place by the time you’re finished, but that spark sometimes is sometimes a good way to come up with an idea.

AC: Yeah, one of our favorite songs was called “Tokyo.” Tokyo inspired the song, but it didn’t end up being about anything related to Tokyo so we thought that would be confusing. It was hard to change that name, but it was probably for the best.

MR: You could have an album filled with the names of places even though the songs have nothing to do with them.

SL: Yeah, Bon Iver’s second album has a bunch of songs named after places and I’m not sure what they have to do with the songs, but I’ve always liked them. It also gives a good image to the listener, I think. You think about the place in addition to what the lyrics are saying and how they relate.

MR: Who does most of what during the creative process?

AC: We both have different expertise. Sam is definitely more towards the production side and I lean more towards the melodic and lyrics side. It’s often that Sam has a beat or a chord progression and then I write a vocal melody over it and some gibberish lyrics and we pass it back and forth. There are other times when Sam totally changes the melodies or I start off with the initial groove. It’s really just a fully collaborative process.

MR: And the lyrics?

SL: We’re both definitely involved in the lyrics. On some songs, one person will write all of the lyrics and we’ll love it and only change a few things. Other times, we’ll sit down together and one of us will contribute a verse and the other will contribute a chorus. It ranges, totally. Some of the songs I can point to and say, “Alex wrote this,” and others I can say, “I wrote the majority of that,” but the majority of the songs are a collaboration. We start with something that someone came up with, but by the time we’re done it’s something we put equal amounts into.

AC: It is interesting to think about, because I’ve heard that for most singer-songwriters, the lyrics come first, that the core of the song is like the story they start telling. For us, we put a lot more energy into making sure the song works on its own without the lyrics. We focus on the feel and melodies and the sound that we want to go for, so I record gibberish lyrics for all the songs before we actually write the lyrics. I know I want it to go… [rhythmic verbiage], so I know exactly what sound I want to be there, and then we fit in the lyrics after to make sure it fits with the mood of the song. But first, we make sure that it stands on its own without lyrics at all.

MR: I’ve often wondered how bands stay together when the song concepts only come from the lead singer.

AC: It’s all the groupies.

SL: [laughs] The fact is we all do the same amount of work when we’re on tour. We all get the same benefits. It’s just a great lifestyle that we all enjoy. The other members of the band, while they don’t write the songs directly, they’re all songwriters themselves and they have the time to work on their own projects, so they definitely continue to fill creatively fulfilled even if it’s not through this particular project. And during practice, we all throw around tons of ideas and build the songs back up for the live show. It’s definitely a collaboration.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

AC: I would say that one of the things that helped us the most in reaching an audience was putting our first album out for free. Just focusing on sharing it with as many people as possible and not at all focusing on the money side of things. We knew that most importantly, we wanted people to hear the songs and if they liked them, they would share them with their friends. That’s how we built our fan base. The album was free and that blogs would post about it and say, “It’s free! Just click on this link to get the album, it’s actually pretty good!” So I would recommend that if you’re trying to get started, really send it around to as many people as possible.

SL: On that note, one thing that’s been pretty helpful for me on this journey so far is to remember that the reason you’re doing what you’re doing is because there are people out there who are supporting you, like the fans. They’re the reason you’re there. You wouldn’t be doing it if it weren’t for them. In the same vein, you try to give back or try to appreciate them. Sometimes there’s a show you don’t want to do because you’re tired and it’s been a long time and for you, it’s just another show. But for them? iI’s the show they’ve been really wanting to see or they’re just trying to have a good time that night. It’s important to remember that while you’re doing it for yourself because it’s your art, there are a lot of other people that are keeping you doing what you’re doing.

AC: Respond to their tweets, show them that you care and it will turn them into a life-long fan.

MR: What’s the goal down the road?

SL: Have you seen the show Pinky & The Brain?

MR: So this is about world domination.

SL: Yup. World domination. But in all seriousness, I think our goal is what I was just saying. We love playing music, we love writing music, we love touring and playing shows, so we want to be able to do that as long as we can. Now that our album is done, we’re focusing on the touring side of things, trying to play for as many different people as possible, travel to new cities and new countries even and play as many shows as possible. Once that touring cycle wraps up, I’m excited to get back in the studio and lather, rinse, repeat.

MR: And hope the magic happens again.

SL: Yes.

MR: Has this interrogation missed anything?

SL: In terms of important dates, our album’s coming out July 8th, you can preorder it now on iTunes.

AC: And you get stuff immediately for pre-ordering…

MR: Like a secret decoder ring?

SL: …and also on July 8th, we’re starting a west coast headline tour from San Diego to Vancouver and then after that we’re going to be on tour with Panic! At The Disco for pretty much the rest of the summer. We’ll be traveling over a lot of the US, so hopefully, we’ll be able to see as many people as we can and play a lot of shows.

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