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Band of Horses

By Bob on April 18, 2013 2:35 AM

In the 1970s, I went through a phase. Back then, just about the only music I listened to was the guitar-heavy sounds of Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds...and wait for it...America.

My tastes have evolved over the years (now it's more likely to be Miles Davis, Tom Petty and Astrud Gilberto) but I STILL like the sound of a well-played 6- or 12-string guitar. That's why I was happy to discover Band of Horses.

It's a relatively "new" group (2004) based in Seattle. The band has released four studio albums to some popular success and critical praise (its 2010 release, Infinite Arms, was nominated for a Grammy). Its latest studio effort, Mirage Rock, came out in September 2012.     

Boomers often compare Band of Horses' music to America, CSNY and the Byrds. I think it's a delicious combination of them all with a distinctive style that's truly their own. It's a deep, rich guitar-influenced sound that'll have you humming along - even if you don't know the words. You can find their music on iTunes, Amazon and, of course, their website. Crank up this Band of Horses tune, Laredo, and let us know what you think: Playing Favorites is a column where Charlotte and I pull back the curtain on our Boomer lives to show you what we're into these days. It may be a movie we've discovered. A new restaurant. Great food. Interesting drink. A song we can't get out of our heads...it could be anything. It's all about discovery and the stuff that makes us happy. So, step inside our world and let us show you around. Don't mind the dust, the housekeeper comes on Thursday.

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By Thomas Gosney, author of Method of Procedure

Pumpkin pie is a popular treat for the fall. Down south sweet potato pie is a must year around. Roasting the potato instead of boiling is a much better method. The reasoning behind this is roasting concentrates the flavors and color, boiling washes it away. The extra time taken to bake the potato is well worth the effort.

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A Very Murray Christmas

OK, I am officially ready to get my Claus on. Christmas is coming early this year thanks to Bill Murray and Netflix.

Lemme 'splain. In a stroke of brilliance, Netflix conned kidnaped convinced Bill Murray to star in an all-star musically-driven holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas.

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