Marc Hirsh

Marc Hirsh lives in the Boston area, where he indulges in the magic trinity of improv comedy, competitive adult four square and music journalism. He has won trophies for one of these, but refuses to say which.

He writes for the Boston Globe and has also been spotted on MSNBC and in the pages of Amplifier, the Nashville Scene, the Baltimore City Paper and Space City Rock, where he is the co-publisher and managing editor.

He once danced onstage with The Flaming Lips while dressed as a giant frog. It was very warm.

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Monkey See
12:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Sam Phillips And Trying To Describe The Indescribable Wow

Musician Sam Phillips
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 12:50 pm

Everything I've ever written about Sam Phillips has been a cheat.

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Monkey See
10:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Perfect Listen: Fiona Apple As A Lesson In Irrational Music Rituals

Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 11:13 am

On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since.

I still haven't listened to it.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Eliza Rickman: A Cockeyed Pop Song

Eliza Rickman.
Courtesy of the artist

Eliza Rickman's "Pretty Little Head" is simple yet intricate, a contradiction which helps give it the feel of a nursery rhyme that's just starting to teeter off the rails. Except for the bridge, it's built entirely around two chords, a minor/relative-major pair that trade off inexorably in two-bar cycles without regard to differentiating between the verse and the chorus.

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Monkey See
3:06 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Long-Term Investments On Shaky Stocks: 'New Girl' And 'Smash' End Their Seasons

Zooey Deschanel as Jess on Fox's New Girl.
Ray Mickshaw Fox

As the networks are currently rolling out their plans for the future courtesy of their upfronts, it just so happens that they're also winding down the current season of shows, the ones that they touted last year at this very time. It's a good time for television viewers to reevaluate the investments we've made in the shows we bought into at the beginning of the season.

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Monkey See
4:17 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

10 Things I Hate About 'American Idol' (Besides The Singing And The Judging)

Oh, get on with it: Ryan Seacrest's increasingly elaborate fake-outs when he's delivering results is just one of the most irritating things about the current season of American Idol.
Fox
  1. Ryan Seacrest's double/triple/quadruple fakeouts. Our host used to screw with the contestants by teasing the results before throwing to a guest performance or commercial. Now he gives those results using sentences so convoluted, with so many double-backs and twist-arounds, that you need a white board to diagram them and unpack their actual meaning. Frustrating the singers, yes. Confusing them entirely, no.
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