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March 21 - April 19 Aries
Get thee to the Bow of June Yummy List by Holly Gleason. The incredible HG has outdone herself this time. Fall into this edition of the Y.L. like it was a deep, soft easy chair and the roaring storm winds outside are making you feel even safer and sounder while you read. This time Gleason pays tribute to Bo Diddley and YSL and rhapsodizes on chestnut spread, Teen Vogue, 70’s PBS showcase Soundstage, Mexican food in Cleveland, et de plus en plus. Here’s a taste: There is the dry tang of hibiscus, slightly herby, yet engaging to the palette. There is the cool freshness of mint. When you mingle the two with water and time, you get a complex iced tea that stands out on a hot summer day. Go here and slake your thirst for amazing prose. I wanna be Holly Gleason when I grow up.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
It’s time to rock, O Best Beloved. This weekend you can catch the Pride of Pittsburgh, The Cynics, currently on the road with Mudhoney. Friday night they’re in Cambridge, Mass. and Saturday night they make the New York City scene at the Highline Ballroom. Dates in Lancaster, Pa. and Washington D.C. follow next week. Their newest album, Here We Are, is now available on both CD and 180-gram LP on Get Hip. I believe it to be the best they’ve ever done. The magical team of Kastelic & Kostelich and gang are the real deal - they’ve been legendary Garage Rock Royalty for over 20 years.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
Spend your “weekend” playing hide and go seek with “superfluous” quotes. First get your feet wet with The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. For instance: Leave the Light “On” (??); “Labor Day Weekend” (is it or isn’t it??); “Best Coffee in Town” (so I guess it really isn’t). Hours of fun can be had here and you’ll find yourself with a whole new “lease on life.” Once you get into the swing of this, you’ll see them everywhere. All hail the Internet, Mother of a Quadrillion Obsessions.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Have you cottoned to Joel McHale and The Soup yet? Hear me now and believe me later: tonight and every Friday night at 10pm, get to a television set and tune in the E! Channel. You too can be watercooler-ready with every sick, squirrely moment that took place in pop culture this week for an investment of only 30 minutes a week. From Tyra to Tila and everything in between, this show is genius.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
If you’re lucky enough to live in New York City ~ the greatest city in the world ~ and you want a taste sensation that can’t be beat, get over to Babycakes NYC. Located at 248 Broome Street between Orchard & Ludlow, it’s teeny-tiny and absofreakinlutely delish. Yes, indulge in cupcakes, scones, brownies, cinnamon buns, tea cakes and more - all vegan and free from refined sugar. For those avoiding gluten (that would be, eh, moi) you can live like a human being here with many gluten-free choices; others can enjoy yummies made with spelt. Heaven on the Lower East Side. With a low glycemic index!

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Send a message, Subterranean Homesick Blues style, from Bob Dylan’s official website. You can literally write anything in 10 cards or less and have your own words held up in a flash movie by the 1965 version of Bob Dylan sent to as many people as you like (Allen Ginsberg included).

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Hearts of Space started out as a late night radio show in 1973 locally in San Francisco. Ten years later it went national on public radio and spawned a record label in 1984. Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, HOS is available 24/7 to everyone everywhere. From their website: … each one hour show is an uninterrupted musical journey, designed to create a relaxed but concentrated ambience. Slow-paced, space-creating music from many cultures — ancient bell meditations, classical adagios, creative space jazz, and the latest electronic and acoustic ambient music are woven into a seamless sequence unified by sound, emotion, and spatial imagery.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
For this week’s download, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you McGough & McGear. That would be Roger McGough (one of Britain’s best loved poets) and Michael McGear (nee McCartney, yes, Paul’s bro). This album was released in 1968 and is - amazingly - available on iTunes in its delightful entirety. So I locked the door - and I threw away the key - and I spent Summer with Monika - and she spent summer with me. (c. Roger McGough) McGough’s poetry lies snugly side by side with power pop and psychedelia on this, a mostly undiscovered gem featuring luminaries like Jimi Hendrix, Jack Bruce, Graham Nash, Spencer Davis and Dave Mason. Dig in to the meaty beaty big & bouncy So Much In Love and Ex-Art Student.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Didn’t you want to run away and join the circus when you were a kid? This book is almost as good. Water for Elephants: A Novel is the story of a young man who, through a series of sad circumstances, ends up as the resident veterinarian for a traveling circus during the Great Depression. Author Sara Gruen’s impeccable research into this murky world is truly spectacular. You’ll be haunted by this story.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
We lost a legendary Capricorn this week at the grand old age of 79, Elias McDaniel AKA Bo Diddley. This man was one of the architects of modern music. A few sentences aren’t nearly enough to describe him and his contribution to the world. View a slice of his genius here. Nothing can even come close to these amazing lyrics he penned in 1956: I walk 47 miles of barbed wire, I use a cobra-snake for a necktie, I got a brand new house on the roadside made from rattlesnake hide, I got a brand new chimney made on top made out of a human skull, Now come on take a walk with me, Arlene, and tell me, who do you love?

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
How much is gas these days? Are we up yet to $5.00 per gallon? Well here’s a trip worth filling up the tank, I give you Dinosaur Land. Located in the verdant Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this place looks like hours of fun. As their website whimsically states: Step into the world of the prehistoric past, where visitors can turn back the pages of time to the Mesozoic era, where dinosaurs were the only creatures that roamed the earth.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Send someone a someecard. These are not your parent’s ecards, you’d best believe. From the political (I have faith that in our lifetime we will see a woman president taken down by a sex scandal) to the pedestrian (Summer has snuck up once again on me and my giant ass), if you’re anything like me (and if you’re reading this, you must be) you’ll hoot ‘n’ holler over these inbox goodies. Send one, send a bunch, they’re all hysterical and they’re all free!

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