The Worst Valentine's Day Mixtape Ever

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We hope you've stocked up on chocolate, condoms and lube, 'cause Valentine's Day is upon us. With a little bit of preparation and persuasion, you'll be well on your way to using at least one of those goodies, maybe two. Only those well trained in the art of love get to utilize all three.

To guide you on your romantic excursion, we've created a list of songs that you should avoid playing for your lover at all costs. Only use these songs if you're absolutely sure that you've had enough of your Valentine, and to gorge on all of that chocolate and lube yourself.  

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Limited Fanfare Records' Charity Auction Benefits Music Saves Lives

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Limited Fanfare's upcoming releases will involve Paper with Dashboard Confessional's Mike Marsh.  
Brian Kurtz is a busy guy. He has a day job; he runs his own local record label, Limited Fanfare; he sends really awesome care packages; and he's setting up an online auction to provide funds for Music Saves Lives. The organization educates people on blood disorders and the importance of donating marrow and blood. It works with the entertainment community to raise awareness and lets fans give in a way that is easy and musically rewarding.

"I chose to work with Music Saves Lives because of their passion for using music as a catalyst to get people involved -- either donating blood to save lives or just to make people aware of the impact that they can have as an individual," Kurtz says. "Plus they give really great benefits to people for doing so." This includes stuff like Free Warped Tour tickets. 

The Limited Fanfare Music Saves Lives Charity Auction eBay site won't go live until June 19 -- it lasts through June 25 -- but you can start plotting your wins here. Get ready to dig your claws into rare and signed items from an impressive list of bands that include Mastodon, Sleigh Bells, Black Lips, Dinosaur Jr., Battles, MonstrO + William DuVall of Alice in Chains, Ladytron, Obituary, and Sebadoh.


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Artist Misael Soto's Best Beach Songs to Inspire Giving to His Giant Beach Towel East Coast Tour Kickstarter Campaign

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Broward-bred visual artist Misael Soto spent some hours a few months back sewing lengths of blue terry cloth together to create, what else, but a giant beach towel. He brought this huge drying device down to South Beach where strangers and friends were encouraged to pop a squat on it and mingle. It's art. Beach Towel art. 

Soto calls the project, "participatory intervention." It's part performance, part installation, some might find it suiting to reference it to relational aesthetics. Whatever it is, it pleases everyone who nears it. The afternoon on the beach was tame, but some people were bold enough to come sit with him and talk and lay out. This Memorial Day weekend, the Beach Towel made its third appearance. This time, it was like an all out music festival with This Heart Electric performing, complete with Dino Felipe on drums in the sand. 

It was such a success that Soto decided to take the show on the road, all the way from South Beach to Rockaway Beach. He's raising funds to support the Beach Towel East Coast Tour, which will bring beachy fun all over the darn sandy, sunny place. Luckily, the tour will pass through Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale beaches. He's trying to raise $5,000 on Kickstarter, offering in return for funds things like postcards, your very own handmade beach towel ($250), and even the giant towel itself ($5k, for the ballers). 

We thought, hell, we gotta get Misael on the road with his friendly-ass project. To inspire giving, he sent over his beach day playlist and a few good reasons to listen to these songs on the sand. 

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Eagles' Don Felder Talks Gainesville, Miami, and Tom Petty -- Performs at Hard Rock Live Tonight

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Though Don Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles, wrote the music for "Hotel California," he is truly a Florida guy. The Gainesville native spent his college years playing music around the state with other future rock legends and many of his adult nights recording in Miami. 

Felder came up musically with a crew of highly talented performers, many of whom ended up as major recording artists, some even as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. "At the time, we were just a bunch of kids," Felder says, mentioning casually that Tom Petty was one of his students. The fame doesn't stop at there. Bernie Leadon of the Eagles replaced Stephen Stills -- yes, that's Stephen Stills of Crosby Stills and Nash -- in Felder's young band. Petty played bass in the Rucker Brothers at the time with (actual) brothers Rodney and Ricky Rucker. Felder remembers that each summer, they would all travel down to the Ruckers' mother's house in Daytona Beach during the summer and, he says, "work the dance clubs over there. We ended up being in a lot of battle of the bands with those guys. Duane [Allman] actually taught me how to play slide guitar. We were all just a bunch of young kids making music together and stealing from each other musically." 

Quite an all-star circle of chums. Felder mentions that there were a lot of scenes like that at the time around the country. "We were like a Southern rock scene. Lynyrd Skynyrd was up in Jacksonville. Everybody knew each other at one time or another." 


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Jimmy Pagano Memorial Jam at America's Backyard Benefits Artists with Autism

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In April 2011, Jimmy Pagano, a valued local drummer, promoter, and friend, was murdered trying to break up a bar fight at Fishtales Bar and Grill, where he himself hosted a weekly Pro Jam event. It was a huge blow for the Fort Lauderdale music scene and also for those who loved him. This Sunday, May 20, Pagano's friends and supporters will gather at America's Backyard for a memorial jam. There will be raffles and a silent auction to benefit musicians with autism.

Roscoe Peterson, his best friend and the guitar player in Jimmy Pagano's Untamed Band offered us a few words in remembrance of Pagano:


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Top Five Songs for Jumping Rope


This week's New Times cover story explores the world of competitive jump rope in South Florida. Whether you're doing backflips or simply trying not to trip, jumping rope is always more fun with a soundtrack. Here's a sample of the eclectic mix we heard while reporting the story:

"Hello," Martin Solveig and Dragonette

"Cotton-Eyed Joe," Rednex
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Knight Arts Challenge Open to All of South Florida's Musicians, Artists, and Thinkers

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In most families, there's an older wealthy relative that you all like -- and some even love -- but that you're all kind of waiting to die so you can live out your dream of learning the art of Tibetan Buddhist sand painting. 

Lucky for us here in South Florida, we have one of these, except this old uncle doesn't need to croak so we can live our dreams. His name is the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Just yesterday, the fifth-annual Knight Arts Challenge kicked off requesting applications from people with good ideas in the tricounty area. Anyone can apply. You don't need to be associated with any org or 501(c)(3); you just have to have a plan that follows their guidelines.
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Legalize It! Top Five Diggity-Dank Tributes to Peter Tosh's Ultimate Weed Anthem

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This Sunday, Revolution Live and Ploppy Palace Productions are hosting the 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit. The multimedia extravaganza lasts all day and features loads of 420-friendly jams (from the likes of Grammy winner Cyril Nevile, Johnny Drea, the Spam Allstars, the Funky Nuggets, and Nag Champayons), not to mention oodles of cotton-mouthed spoken word and completely baked belly dancing.

To help us get in the "Legalize It" spirit, County Grind thought it might be a good idea to revisit reggae superstar Peter Tosh's immortal track of the same name. But a little (very little) research revealed that, like Tosh and the numerous artists involved in the upcoming benefit, that sentiment runs strong among musicians.

After the jump, check out our top five favorite covers of and tributes to Peter Tosh's "Legalize It." More »

Valentine's Gift Guide: Jazzy Albums for Him and Her With Wine Pairings, Part Two

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Some truth.
Last week we brought you some choice musical and drinking options for this upcoming romantic debacle known as "Valentine's Day." 

Not only do we share in your feelings of anxiety, depression and possible contemplation of suicide, we fully understand and appreciate how this day of all days can act similarly to the side effects of weight-loss/cholesterol control pills. 

Valentine's Day fucking sucks. 

Thankfully, we have four more discs in the bag that you should check out, and since our cellars haven't run dry yet, we have some nice wine pairings we're sure you'll enjoy. At the very least, they'll get your lustily drunk and you might roll yourself into a VD for Valentine's Day.

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Valentine's Gift Guide: Jazzy Albums for Him and Her With Wine Pairings, Part One

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Oh! This crap again!
We've been accused of a lot of things here at the Grind. We've been accused of loving Lil Wayne too much, worrying excessively about dance crazes nobody has ever heard of or cares about, celebrating birthdays of musicians who don't know we're alive... in short, grievances have been made against us as a company and as individuals. 

While I personally will not suffer the affronts of some of my peers' love for Lil Wayne, I will take blame where my blame lies.

I was recently accosted by a reader and questioned as to why we've abandoned certain forms of coverage within our pages, digital and print. Well, I think this lady meant, why haven't I written about jazz in a while. Since I surely aim to please our readership and this little holiday is sneaking up, here's my Valentine to her. 

What follows are a couple of records that flew below our radars. They're by musicians who are either from South Florida or have visited recently, complete with relationship advice and wine suggestions. I hope she finds it in her heart to forgive me.

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