Author Archives: Amanda Nazario

About Amanda Nazario

Amanda Nazario is a writer and radio host born in New York City. Her work has been published both in print and online in Harpur Palate, failbetter, Alligator Juniper, New South, Guernica, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.

John Sebastian and the Younger Generation, 2015

Amanda Nazario takes us along as she gets to see and meet one of her musical idols, the legendary John Sebastian. Despite the show being in a tiny Boston club with a noisy kitchen, iPhone wielders, and an irritating waitress, Nazario’s superfan heart illuminates the under-appreciated genius in his well-deserved glory. Continue reading

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Dare To Be Stupid: Comedy Songs, The Best and the Rest

The ability to make people laugh is even rarer than the ability to make beautiful music. The combination of both, executed well, is cause for celebration. Amanda Nazario gives props to parody progenitors Stan Freberg, Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, et al, and the 21st century’s own master of making fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic, still riding high after debuting at number one last year. Continue reading

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The Girls, Their TVs and The Monkees

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees, still stealing hearts and wowing audiences after almost a half-century. Writer-DJ Amanda Nazario checks out the band – and the intense fandom – at the Borgota Casino, and leads us into her unwavering, soul-deep crush on one of the best pop groups ever. Continue reading

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One drastic move, a suicide attempt, and in the psych ward Amanda Nazario learns more about life than death, love than loss. Continue reading

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The 38 Sleepiest Corgi Puppies Ever: Contemporary List Culture and its Antecedents

In which Amanda Nazario addresses the compulsion to list, to think in lists and create categories and what it says about this modern moment. And presents the 38 sleepiest corgis. Continue reading

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Smelling Sex and Candy: Anatomy of a Bad Song

DJ and author Amanda Nazario takes on Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy,” and ends up tackling the thorny trends of unrequited love songs. We even include a playlist of great songs about crushes. Continue reading

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It’s not a dog’s life. No, but as a dog walker Amanda Nazario gets a new view of life, love and the city… Continue reading

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The Enemy of Mediocrity is Hilarity

Sometimes satire is the greatest homage as Amanda Nazario discovers listening to My Dick, which takes her from Ween to Billy Joel. And, back. Continue reading

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A Second-Hand Indignation

Amanda Nazario wonders what love’s got to do with it – and how to judge Ike Turner and his work. Can you like his music? If so what does it mean? Continue reading

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Let Them Know It’s Christmastime Again

Learning from Jingle Bell Rock, Amanda Nazario discovers the joy of Christmas – and music. And Christmas music. Continue reading

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The Cramps

Love, Lonesome Town, the Cramps, Thanksgiving and that unattainable guy… Amanda Nazario writes on them all and the year the economy drifted south… Continue reading

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One Mile Square, A Night, A Life In Hoboken

Welcome To Hoboken: birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra and home to the best music venue in the NYC area. Amanda Nazario meditates on the Mile Square City and its many charms. Continue reading

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