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John Prine: I saw John Prine play the 5th Avenue Theater a couple years ago. It was the perfect venue for a storyteller like Prine.

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I've Been Listening to John Prine, Wilford Brimley, and that Song From Where the Wild Things Are

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John Prine: I saw John Prine play the 5th Avenue Theater a couple years ago. It was the perfect venue for a storyteller like Prine. His grizzled voice is understated and his lyrics sneak up on you. On 2005's Fair & Square, Prine is particularly poignant, painting arresting images on the love song "She Is My Everything," and the Bush-era time capsule, "Some Humans Ain't Human": "You might go to church and sit down in a pew/Those humans who ain't human, they're sitting right next to you."

Wilford Brimley raps about diabetes. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Watch it after the jump. ht to Eli Sanders

"Wake Up," The Arcade Fire, heard repeatedly during the Where the Wild Things Are trailer. When I read the New York Times Magazine story about Spike Jonze's odyssey getting this picture made, it really made me want to see the movie. Watching the trailer has had the opposite effect. Maybe it's because lately I've found the Arcade Fire's shtick completely insufferable. Something about the combination of this dripping idealism and the movie's faux indie-cinema vibe is giving me doubts. Whatever, I'm sure I'll still see the movie. (Oct. 16 release)

 
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