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A Side of Kindness

The best part of this story is that deaf people are going to this specific Taco Bell, because they know they’ll be able to sign their order.

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Selena Gomez/Rare

Selena Gomez

Rare (Interscope)

http://www.selenagomez.com

“Lose You To Love Me,” the first single from “Rare,” became Selena Gomez’s first number one, last October. January 10, 2020, would find the album sitting comfortably in the top spot on release day. Internationally-impressive chart positions would also help propel this release to be her biggest yet.

Gomez is coming into her own as a songwriter and a person, which is often reflected in these up-to-the-minute contempo tracks, but even more so in the less commercial selections. While a lot of the style preferences feel inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Lover,”  the rapid-fire vocals and sparse production, there are some pleasantly inspired moments.

Acoustic bass and simple percussion make “Ring” sound like a jazz song straight out of a film noir, and the electric piano of “Crowded Room” recalls the soft soul songs that permeated radio in the 1970’s. “Cut You Off,” featuring guest Kid Cudi, flips the bird at a relationship drowning in nonsense. More moments like these, please.

By Dan Pavelich

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That Thing You Do!

The irresistible title song from the irresistible film, it’s two and a half minutes of happiness!

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Gary & Gorilla

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Jim Gaffigan on McDonald’s

Comedian Jim Gaffigan poses the question, “Has your mom EVER made anything as delicious as a McDonald’s french fry?

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The Armoires/Zibaldone

The Armoires

Zibaldone (Big Stir)

http://www.bigstirrecords.com

In the world of The Armoires, it is perpetually 1967. California is the only place to be, and the golden sun never sets. It’s a beach party where everyone wears paisley, and Brian Wilson is in deep conversation with Mike Nesmith and Stephen Stills, about the between-the-grooves meaning of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Lead Armoires Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome, as well as their bandmates, bring these neo-psychedelic tunes into focus, with sensational vocal harmony arrangements and 12-string Rickenbackers, stacked eight miles high. “(How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me?” and “Alesandra 619” are pure-pop perfection. Highly recommended.

By Dan Pavelich

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Chrissie Hynde & Valve Bone Woe

Chrissie Hynde & Valve 

Bone Woe Ensemble 

Valve Bone Woe (BMG)

http://www.chrissiehynde.com

This is the jazzy pop record that rocker Chrissie Hynde has always threatened to make. Focusing on the late 1950’s through the early 1960’s, it’s a pleasant record that isn’t overly fussy, which is welcome relief these days. An emotional voice lending its own beauty, as well as its own flaws.

The Kinks’ “No Return” sounds even more samba-like than the original, and Brian Wilson’s “Caroline, No” gets turned into a sultry torch song. Sinatra’s “I’m A Fool To Love You” takes on a whole new elegance in Hynde’s hands. This is a very special moment in a long and fascinating career.

By Dan Pavelich

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Abundant Kindness

The age of this little chef isn’t the most remarkable thing about this video, the kindness with which he goes about his work is. Though he is meticulously careful, he is most intent on including his sibling in the process, making sure to stop and let him sample the ingredients.

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Just Say Uncle

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The Jonas Brothers/What A Man Gotta Do?

Poor grammar aside, The Jonas Brothers’ new single comes complete with an actual old-school music video. Alongside their wives, the brothers recreate iconic scenes from “Grease”,”Risky Business” and “Say Anything.” Fun.