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INTERWEB
EAVESDROPPING
(910): dude i woke up to her mak-
ing a statue of my morning wood
for her sculpture class. HOW THE
FUCK do you think i feel about
her?
Michael Ian Black: Unless the next
one has a dick, I don't want to hear
any more about Tiger.
Today, my roommate gave me a
self-help book on alcoholism for my
FML birthday. He's an alcoholic. I gave
him that book around 8 months
ago. FML

High Five
A notable Ann Arborite gives five
answers to a curious question.
Mark Clague
Associate Professoi of Musicology
What are your five favorite Motown songs?
1. "Cometo Me," MaryJohnson (1959)-This is the first songBerry Gordy
wrote and recorded with the $800 loan from his family's investment fund. The
hot, dedicated microphones on the tambourine and bass singer give the listener
the feeling of being in the band. If "Come to Me" had not been a hit, Tamla /
Motown would have gone out of business before it even started.
2. "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)," The Temptations
(1970) - While Gaye's "What's Going On" is the emblematic Motown political
song, "Ball of Confusion" is earlier and hits topics such as the Vietnam War,
racial segregation, white flight, drug abuse and political corruption with a funk
bass line that drives the whole message home.
3. "Dancing in the Street," Martha and the Vandellas (1964) - Before Diana
Ross, Martha Reeves was the original female lead of a hit Motownvocal trio.
"Dancing in the Street" helped define the "Motown sound," and captures the
positive, worldwide message of friendship and brotherhood for which the label
is justly famous.
4. "ABC," The Jackson 5 (1970) - The supergroup's second hit of five in a row,
"ABC" features the passion, power, and joy in the voice of 10-year-old Michael.
It's an infectious song and maybe more than any tune, suggests that everyone
loves Motown.
5. "Superstition," Stevie Wonder (1972) - Stevie won artistic independence
from the corporation and asa result remains the one artist of the classic era who
remained loyal to the label. The electric groove (played by Wonder on clavinet -
an early electric keyboard) and power-pop horn lines can't be beat.
SINGLE REVIEW
BEACH HOUSE
"ZEBRA"
Beach House has been steadily making a name for itself with its narcotic dream
pop, and "Zebra," the leadoff track to the band's Sub Pop debut Teen Drean, finds
the Baltimore duo setting their ambitions ever higher. But despite the track's thick-
er arrangements and quicker pace, the band retains its praise-worthy knack for
winning melodies and minimalist arrangements. The band's ode to the "black and
white horse" is a shimmering display of'slow, hand-plucked guitar and woozy vin-
tage organs, anchored by lead singer Victoria Legrand's smoky and intoxicating
vocals.
MIKE KUNTZ

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When you're lonely, TV is your best friend

By CAROLYN KLARECKI
Daily TV/New Media Editor
If you watch a lot of television,
maybe you don't have any friends.
On Oct. 28 the University released a
new study with conclusions to that
effect. After surveying 300 people,

the Communications Department big fan of the small screen, when nity to present audiences with a
found that those who relate to or I first read reports of this study it narrative that carries on for months
identify with TV characters are sounded like the biggest piece of or even years. They want to give us
typically lonelier than those who bullshit I'd heard in a long time. something we'll watch week after
don't, and they may be using their Some people are easily captivat- week, and we want to get lost in
TV interactions to fill a social emp- ed by stories. That's what the whole something with substance. These
tiness. TV industry is about. TV writers two desires are interdependent.
As TV/New Media Editor and a and producers have the opportu- And one of the most successful

ways to attract long-termviewers is deduce that the show's triumph is
to use relevant and relatable char- the result of its viewers' pathetic
acters. social lives. I may wish with all
Perhaps the reason we identify my heart that Artie Abrams from
with TV characters and personali- "Glee" were a real person so we
ties isn't because we're miserable, could be best friends - and I do.
friendless sad-sacks, but because
we appreciate high-quality pro-
gramming. Let's not undermine
the work of the TV writer. These The Blue Ranger:
writers set out to produce at least social pariah.
a season's worth of screenplays,
without making them lackluster
("CSI"), outlandish ("Heroes")
or cheap ("The Secret Life of the Does that make me a depressing
American Teenager"). loser? Maybe. Does it say a lot about
When producers are success- Kevin McHale's portrayal of Artie
ful in creating a small-screen and the quality of the character's
gem, we shouldn't immediately See TV FRIENDS, Page 4B

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