1. Compass,” Okay
  2. Oh! Sweet Nuthin,” The Velvet Undergroud
  3. Crystal Rope” Gaynges
  4. The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),”  Arcade Fire
  5. These Days,” The Black Keys
  6. Lucidity,” Tame Impala*
  7. Twice,” Little Dragon
  8. Kites,” Geographer
  9. A Case Of You,” Joni Mitchell
  10. Justify My Thug,” Jay-Z

“Top 10 songs of the moment – in no particular order!”

*follow the link to see Tame Impala’s video on youtube

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  1. KCRW World Music Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
  3. BaconW
  4. “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire
  5. Stay With Me, Lorraine Ellison
  6. “Post-screening kumquatinis, lobster rolls and french fries at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood”
  7. Good Luck,” Basement Jaxx featuring Lisa Kekaula
  8. Damn Your Eyes,” Etta James
  9. McConnell’s Turkish Coffee ice cream
  10. The Big Picture

“Very hard to cut this list to ten!”

Abbie Rich   Webmaster   Tarzana, CA
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  1. Joan JettW
  2. Pat BenatarW
  3. Billy IdolW
  4. Lady GagaW
  5. Blink 182W
  6. Le TigreW
  7. Cat PowerW
  8. Death Cab For CutieW
  9. Michelle BranchW (“before she went country”)
  10. Annie LennoxW
  11. ParamoreW
  12. Johnny CashW
  13. Nine Inch NailsW
  14. FlyleafW
  15. Rent (musical)W, and Rent, the movie!
  16. Les Miserables (musical)W
  17. The Phantom of The Opera (musical)W
  18. Cats (musical)W
  19. Chicago (musical)W
  20. Hedwig and The Angry Inch (musical)W
  21. The Rocky Horror ShowW
  22. Walk the Line
  23. Gia
  24. Avatar
  25. The Runaways

“…and many many many more. Too many to name.”

I found Megan on youtube — watch her garage performances in the Magpie Blog! (No, seriously. Girl can sing.)

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  1. I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Bonnie Raitt
  2. Been Loving You Too Long,Otis Redding
  3. Burn,” Ray LaMontagne
  4. Last Goodbye,” Jeff Buckley
  5. Homesick,“ Kings of Convenience
  6. Lovestain,” Jose Gonzalez
  7. Fade Into You,Mazzy Star
  8. The World Spins Madly On,” The Weepies
  9. No One’s Gonna Love You, Band of Horses
  10. Breathe Me,” Sia

“This is a list of some of my breakdown songs…I had to cut it off at ten; basically, these songs make me cry on the first note and all the way through.”

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  1. It Takes Two
  2. Marie Antoinette
  3. “Anything ‘Wizard of Oz.’ Anything.”
  4. Pines of Rome, Ottorino Respighi
  5. Pretend You’re Alive, Lovedrug
  6. The Killers, Daniel P. MannixW*

MagpieTV: Episode 1 — Watch Zeb discuss his list!

*fun fact: the killers is a book about a cock-fighting rooster who battles a hawk, but daniel p. mannix had other interests as well; he co-founded the official munchkin convention of the international wizard of oz club!

Zeb McKade Knudsen   Design Student   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The Dramatic Imagination, Robert Edmund Jones
  2. Introspective, Pet Shop Boys
  3. Deadwood
  4. Adagio for Strings,” Samuel Barber*
  5. Babette’s Feast**
  6. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  7. Extras / The Office / Stand-Up, Ricky Gervais & Steve Merchant
  8. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  9. The Little Sister, Raymond Chandler
  10. A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

*follow the link to hear an NPR story discussing the impact of Barber’s “Adagio for Strings!”

**why not watch it now?

“This was fun! I so wanted to be pretentious and intellectually superior. Hopefully I failed.”

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  1. The Cowboy & The Lady, Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  2. Kill the Moonlight, Spoon
  3. Jesus’ Son
  4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  5. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco
  6. Innocent Man, Billy Joel
  7. Almost Famous
  8. Farewell Waltz: A Novel, Milan Kundera
  9. Neil Young’s Voice (“especially “Heart Of Gold, live!”)
  10. Townes Van ZandtW

“I can’t believe Kalen Egan and I both have Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  WTF?!”

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  1. The Holy BibleW
  2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
  3. Deathbed,” Relient K
  4. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  5. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  6. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkein
  7. The Lord of the Rings ( The Motion Picture Trilogy)
Austin   Student   Coeur d'Alene, ID
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  1. Cancer As a Turning Point, Lawrence LeShan
  2. Pride and PrejudiceW
  3. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, IZ
Jennifer Togher     Sydney, Australia
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  1. Patti Smith( “poetry and song”)
  2. Cate Blanchett (“especially in Hedda Gabler at BAM“)
  3. Henrik IbsenW
  4. Anais NinW
  5. Mysore styleW Ashtanga Vinyasa YogaW
  6. 80s Movies (“especially Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,  and The Breakfast Club“)
  7. My Daughter, Sadie
  8. Jerry GarciaW
  9. Graceland, Paul Simon (“my desert island CD that always makes me happy”)
  10. Honesty and Inner Strength
Jessica Mei Gershen     Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Banksy
  2. The Dharma Bums,  Jack Kerouac
  3. Amelie
  4. Julian Casablancas
  5. Michael Pollan
  6. Furr, Blitzen Trapper
  7. Carla Bruni*
  8. DexterW
  9. Zach Galifianakis
  10. National Geographic

*have a listen!

Lana Dayne   Student   Lugano, Switzerland
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  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey Soundtrack
  2. The Gilded Palace Of Sin, The Flying Burrito Brothers
  3. Atlas Obscura
  4. Durango Boots
  5. The Most Beautiful Songs of Africa, Orchestra Super MazembeW
  6. Lisbon, The Walkmen
  7. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  8. Collapse
  9. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond

“awesome, Eve, just awesome”

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  1. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
  2. Continuum, John Mayer
  3. Jane Eyre, Charlette Bronte
  4. Gossip Girl, Cecily von Ziegesar
  5. Sense & Sensibility
  6. Cruel Intentions Soundtrack
  7. Green Eyes,” Coldplay
  8. The Parent Trap (“w/Lindsay LohanW‘”)
  9. …Baby One More Time, Britney SpearsW
  10. Fight Club
Alyssa Young   Student   Santa Barbara, CA
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  1. Koloman MoserW
  2. Egon Schiele
  3. Alfred HitchcockW
  4. Ernest HemingwayW
  5. The Beatles
  6. Edie SedgwickW
  7. Paris
  8. Yuan Yuan TanW
  9. The 60'sW
  10. My family

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  1. Minuet in G,* Bach
  2. Mikrokosmos 131, Bela Bartok
  3. Canope, Claude Debussy
  4. Lanquidity, Sun Ra
  5. Aventures,* Gyorgy Ligeti
  6. Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no.4), Frederic Chopin
  7. MadlibW/Yesterdays New Quintet*
  8. Karlheinz StockhausenW
  9. Blue in Green, Miles Davis and Bill Evans
  10. Apple Pie (“yum”)

*have a listen!

Simon Feltman     Oakland, CA
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  1. Days of Heaven
  2. John Wesley Harding, Bob Dylan
  3. Back to the Future
  4. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  5. In the Penal Colony,*” Franz Kafka
  6. The White Album, The Beatles
  7. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  8. Boogie Nights
  9. Dog Day Afternoon
  10. Bonnie and Clyde

*click the link to read the entire story!

Matthew Robison   Writer   Madison, WI
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  1. You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers
  2. The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
  3. In Utero, Nirvana
  4. Pierrot le fou
  5. Punch-Drunk Love
  6. Bachelor No. 2, Aimee Mann
  7. Having a subway system and keeping it [Sonic YouthW] > Dave Longstreth > Kurt CobainW > Bob DylanW > The BeatlesW > SMiLE Bootleg via Brian Wilson’s 2004 Update > Revolver > Pet Sounds > Beach BoysW > Having a public transportation system and demolishing it > Sgt. Pepper
  8. Freaks and Geeks
  9. Blink 182, Enema Of The State = Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings & Food
  10. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, by Andy Warhol/others/?

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  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Guacamole at Casa Vega
  3. The squirrels at the park on Tujunga
  4. Elbow (band)W
  5. Sigur RosW or GoldfrappW – LIVE
  6. Pumpkin Loaf (the food)
  7. 1:11, 12:12, 4:44, 5:55
  8. Hummingbird feeder
  9. Charmed (“yes. Charmed.”)
  10. Salmon En Croute (Trader Joe’s)

read about faleena’s latest project in the magpie blog!

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  1. Summerhill, A.S. NeillW
  2. French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano
  3. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
  4. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset
  5. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  6. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Robert Sapolsky
  7. L’Auberge Espagnole
  8. School of Rock
  9. Garden State (“the soundtrack!“)
  10. Awareness, Anthony De Mello

Read more about Melia’s project, “Reschool Yourself,”  in the Magpie Blog!

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  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  2. Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
  3. Sister Ray,” The Velvet Underground
  4. 77  BOADRUMW
  5. The Wire (“Season 4“)
  6. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  7. Christina’s World, Andrew WyethW, 1948
  8. Vertigo
  9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down,” Bob Dylan live 1966, The Royal Albert Hall Concert
  10. There Will Be Blood

Jeff GP     San Francisco, CA
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