Thanksgiving with a Fan-ilow of the Manilow

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Barry Manilow divides; the Who unites.

The holidays are fast approaching, which means while you're baking a ham, mashing potatoes, and putting those crispy onions on the green bean casserole, your mother is drunk on egg nog, and your father is going out of his way to push your buttons.

My dad and I don't generally get on each others nerves, despite our differences. Our political views are vastly different. The best Bond film is still From Russia With Love, despite his best efforts to sway me that the Roger Moore years are the golden age. I can ignore his quips about Rush Limbaugh and Live and Let Die, but it's when he starts an argument about my musical taste that I become outraged.

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Happy New Year From Up on the Sun

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Happy New Year, readers.

Thanks for hanging out with us in 2012. Stick around -- 2013 is going to be even better.

See also:

-10 Favorite Local Hip-Hop Tracks of 2012
- 12 Favorite Local EDM Mixes of 2012
- New Year's Eve Guide 2013
- Top 10 Phoenix Albums of 2012
- Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012
- Jason Woodbury's 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012


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Merry Christmas From Up on the Sun

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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We're taking the day off to do the Thanksgiving thing: give thanks, eat too much, and pass out watching football.

Hope you enjoy your day. We'll be back tomorrow, but in the meantime, turn up this funky Thanksgiving cut from Vince Guaraldi's 1973 soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. If you didn't have something to be thankful for before, now you do.

Best,

The Up on the Sun Crew


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Happy National One-Hit Wonder Day: Here's The Best and Worst

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Dexy's Midnight Runner
Just in case you didn't know, Tuesday, September 25, is National One-Hit Wonder Day. It's the day the nation has carefully selected (or something) to celebrate musical splashes that never go beyond that big single (at least in the ears of most listeners).

One-hit wonders are tricky things. They can annoy you and pester their way into your brain, or be something more lasting: a classic song that defines a moment in pop culture history. Let's cue the flash-backs with 10 of the worst one-hit wonders, and 10 of the best. I'm sorry if they get stuck in your brain. (No, I'm not.)

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Happy Independence Day (We'll Be Back Tomorrow)

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"What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about." "Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace."
Happy Independence Day, Up on the Sun readers.

Check out our review of last night's '90s nostalgia-festival Summerland (featuring Gin Blossoms, Lit, Sugar Ray, Marcy's Playground, and Everclear), then hit the pool, drink some cold American beers (or one of these), eat whatever the hell you want to eat, and watch the fireworks.

We'll be doing the same. See you bright and early tomorrow morning.

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Happy Memorial Day, Everyone

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Marine Ira Hamilton Hayes (left) of the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Arizona, raising the flag Iwo Jima.

Hey, friends, we're taking it easy today in honor of Memorial Day. Enjoy our weekend wrap-up and our favorite May party shots (you write the caption). We'll be back in full force tomorrow. Enjoy your day and try and reflect a little on what exactly earned us the day off in between beers and brats. We'll be doing the same.

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