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Stuff You Need to Know to Avoid Ostracism

 Unfortunate Monikers
Trying to decide which is worse: Sarah Assbring's real name or her artistic alias, El Perro Del Mar. "You changed your name to Latrine?" "IT USED TO BE SHITHOUSE!!"

Fashion Oddities
The remarkable similarity between many male presenters and performers at the Country Music Awards to David Bowie. That's a nicer way to put it than " 'The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You'–era Bryan Adams."

Vital Reissue
The utterly essential two-disc deluxe edition of Def Leppard's Hysteria. Like a strip club in portable form.

Def Leppard
Def Leppard

Relationship-Destroying Video Game
Oh shit, Guitar Hero II is out. Gonna be bedridden with pneumonia for, oh, about the next three weeks.

Journalistic Coup
Giant thought bubbles in New York Daily News front-page headlines. An encouraging trend, along with the political events they portray.

This Song Will Change Your Life
Willie Nelson's brash addition to the Mount Olympian pile of "Hallelujah" covers. Betcha this was Ryan Adams's idea.

Technological Marvel
Firing up the ol' Schadenfreude Machine for the sure-to-be-sub-Antarctic public reception to the Microsoft Zune MP3 player and its revoltingly wack-ass DRM restrictions. After you play a track five times the whole player blows up.

 
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