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Using Music to Learn Vocabulary: Part 3

Part 3 of After The Show’s “Using Music to Learn Vocabulary” has arrived!

1. Vagrancy: “Difference is Time” by Jason Boesel / Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Vagrancy is the state of wandering the land of an itinerant person without a home or regular employment.

2. Apocryphal: “Smarter” by Eisley

Apocryphal means erroneous or fictitious; of questionable authorship or authenticity; false.

3. Jonestown: “Highs and Lows of Being Number 1” by Jenny and Johnny

Jonestown, or the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, was a cult led by Jim Jones. In November 1978, 918 people in Jonestown died in a mass-suicide / mass-murder.

4. Garish: “Get Well” by Noise Addict

Garish means obtrusively bright and showy, loud, or gaudy.

5. Watershed: “Watershed” (an unfinished, unreleased demo) by Hanson

A watershed is a ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems; a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point.


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Clothing Songs: Part 1 of 2

Here’s the first part of a two-part collection of some good “clothing” songs:

“Shirt” by The Belle Brigade:

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Sinead O’Connor:

“My Sarong” by Noise Addict:

“Famous Blue Raincoat” by Leonard Cohen (cover by Z Berg):

“Tight Tee Shirt” by Benji Hughes:

“Somebody Else’s Clothes” by Rilo Kiley:

“New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini:

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Month Songs

ATS featured songs with “June” in the title…What about the other 11 months?

“Here Comes September” by Waikiki (now called Howling Bells):

“November” by Azure Ray:


“April Skies” by The Jesus and Mary Chain

“August” by Rilo Kiley

“March Ate Me Alive” by Noise Addict

“Mid November” by Johnathan Rice

“7 September 2003” by The Elected

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Free Album Download: Ben Lee’s Noise Addict

Noise Addict - 2009

As a young teenager, Ben Lee recorded grunge-rock music and released a few albums with his band Noise Addict. After 14 years, Lee has released a new Noise Addict album, called it was never about the audience. Click here to download your free copy.

Featuring 15 songs, this lo-fi album is a great antidote to slick, overproduced records that value Protools over talent. Lee collaborates with Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow and longtime friend/backing musician Lara Meyerratken (check out her band El May).  Lee discusses the very indie nature of the album: almost all the songs were recorded quickly, after they were written, in a bedroom.

The best songs on it was never about the audience are “Hey Baby,” “Faster Side of Normal,” “That’s How It Goes,” and “Do I Know You.”

For those of you who are familiar with Noise Addict’s work from the 90s, it was never about the audience is much softer, more mature sounding than the teenage anthems of Noise Addict’s past.

Ben Lee as a 14 year old on the far right

Ben Lee as a 14 year old on the far right

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