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Critics of our postmodern age love to point out that the invention of the popular, portable, personal music systems in the late 1970s contributed to an increasingly fragmented and walled-off social formation.  In a typical “get off my lawn” moment, they neglect the fact that the development of mass transit in the 1800s already underscored this urban fragmentation that had been in full effect for, oh, thousands of years.  All the invention of the iPod and similar devices did was extend the variety that was available to each commuter.  The question is how to put this variety to the service of full sensory effect.  Hence the following Authoritative Running Downhill Guide to Early Morning Elevated or Subway or Surface Train Commute Music:

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Every so often one of Running Downhill’s esteemed staff members will be contributing to OH WOWEE!, Josh Honn’s excellent blog about out-of-print records (with free downloads!). These pieces will be re-posted here for maximum exposure. Previous pieces can be found here and here.

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Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog, Indie Rock Referencers

Dr. Dog’s third full-length album, Fate, was released in July 2008 on Park the Van. Although the record does not mark much of a separation from their previous work, somehow it (and conversations with my good friend and musical provocateur Cory, as well as my older brother Christopher) got me to thinking about the fate of rock, indie or otherwise, as we sit here in the eighth month of 2008. What follows is a haphazard collection of thoughts about the record as I listened to it on a stormy Monday.

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