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Music: it's good. On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work.

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Music: it's good. On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work.

    "Lovefool" by The Cardigans

    "Lovefool" by The Cardigans

    You don't have to cry, pray, or beg - Kirk is happy to break down one of the 90s' most iconic pop hits without any further encouragement.
    Yes, it's time to take apart The Cardigans' 1996 hit "Lovefool," a song that sounds one way when it's that Romeo + Juliet song that's on the radio all the time, and another way when it's the centerpiece of First Band on the Moon. Kirk zooms out a bit more than usual to place this song in the context of its (fantastic) corresponding album, and to hopefully help everyone better appreciate the meticulous mastery of The Cardigans.
    Band/Artist: The Cardigans
    Album: First Band on the Moon (1996)
    Written by: Nina Persson and Peter Svensson
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    Many other tracks from First Band on the Moon ------
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Kyle Molitor

    Kyle is a Portland-based trombonist who plays in all sorts of bands, and the dude can really get it done. Find him on Instagram @tbonemolitor and find his upcoming shows on his website: https://klmolitor.wixsite.com/tbone
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, follow Kirk on Instagram @kirk_hamilton. https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST
    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    The biggest of thank-yous to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons! If you want to support Kirk making the show, do so here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    JANUARY 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    Ryan Torvik
    JANUARY 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Adam Georgandis
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Cyrus N. White
    David Stroud
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Jacob Dye
    Jaehoon Jeong
    James Johnson
    Jasmine Fellows
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O’Keefe
    joujou
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Mark Steen
    Matt Gaskell
    Max Schechter
    Melanie Stivers
    Michael Blackwell
    Miriam Juskowicz
    Mueller
    Nate from Kalamazoo
    Nicholas Schechter
    Richard Toller
    Robbie Ferrero
    samuel gardner
    Shane DeLeon
    Shaun Wiese
    SP
    Tanner Morton
    Tom Clewer
    Tom Lauer

    • 49 min
    "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

    "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

    Do you hear a faint.... bustling? It's coming from your hedgerow. It's not just a spring clean for the May queen... it's a new episode of Strong Songs, straight from the Internet to your eardrums!
    Yes, Strong Songs is back from the holidays and ready for a lush new year of thumps, pops, sizzles, and higgada-buggadas. On the first episode of 2020, Kirk goes deep into Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," a song that develops with unusual subtlety, from those quiet opening guitar arpeggios to that howling, rocking culmination.
    Band/Artist: Led Zeppelin
    Album: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
    Composed by: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO DISCUSSED:
    "Black Dog" also from Led Zeppelin IV Clips from Wayne's World, 1992, and a Billboard magazine retrospective with director Penelope Spheeris "Taurus" by Spirit from Spirit, 1968 "The Mandalorian" by Ludwig Göransson from The Mandalorian soundtrack, 2019 "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen from A Night at the Opera, 1975 "Grace" by Jeff Buckley from Grace, 1994 A clip from Jeff Buckley Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition), 1993, which is a really incredible live compilation and you should listen to it ------
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Kirk Hamilton

    Kirk is, well, the host of Strong Songs. He realized he'd never actually done an outro solo, so he figured he'd kick off year two by recording one. He's playing tenor sax, and there's actually a video of him recording the solo here: https://twitter.com/kirkhamilton/status/1214319584959877123
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, follow Kirk on Instagram @kirk_hamilton. https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST
    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    The biggest of thank-yous to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons, especially all the new folks who signed up in December! If you want to support Kirk making the show, do so here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    JANUARY 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    Ryan Torvik
    JANUARY 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Adam Georgandis
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Cyrus N. White
    David Stroud
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Jacob Dye
    Jaehoon Jeong
    James Johnson
    Jasmine Fellows
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O’Keefe
    joujou
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Mark Steen
    Matt Gaskell
    Max Schechter
    Melanie Stivers
    Michael Blackwell
    Miriam Juskowicz
    Mueller
    Nate from Kalamazoo
    Nicholas Schechter
    Richard Toller
    Robbie Ferrero
    samuel gardner
    Shane DeLeon
    Shaun Wiese
    SP
    Tanner Morton
    Tom Clewer
    Tom Lauer

    • 57 min
    One Year, Twenty Songs

    One Year, Twenty Songs

    Strong Songs is one year old! In honor of that anniversary, Kirk takes a look back on the year that was, sharing musical highlights from each of the show's 20 single-song episodes.
    SCHEDULING NOTE: Strong Songs will be off in December, and will return for Year Two on January 8, 2020. If you're a patron over on Patreon, that means you won't be charged for the month of December.
    That also makes December a great month catch up on episodes you may have missed, share the show with your friends, listen to Year One playlists, and enjoy a hopefully very musical holiday season.
    SONGS DISCUSSED:
    "Africa" by Toto from Toto IV, 1982 "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon from Graceland, 1986 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" by Beyoncé from I Am... Sasha Fierce, 2008 "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder from Songs in the Key Of Life, 1976 "Thriller" by Michael Jackson from Thriller, 1982 "Dancing Queen" by ABBA from Arrival, 1976 "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen from A Night At The Opera, 1975 "Let It Go" from Frozen, 2013 "Moanin'" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from Moanin', 1959 "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra from Out Of The Blue, 1977 "Satisfied" by Lin-Manuel Miranda from Hamilton, 2015 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973 "Tightrope" by Janelle Monáe from The Archandroid, 2010 "Barracuda" by Heart from Little Queen, 1977 "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead from OK Computer, 1997 "Like a Prayer" by Madonna from Like a Prayer, 1989 "Think" by Aretha Franklin from the Blues Brothers soundtrack, 1980 "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal from Seal II, 1994 "Making Christmas" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993 "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton from Jolene, 1974, and as performed by Whitney Houston on The Bodyguard soundtrack, 1992 ------
    YEAR ONE PLAYLISTS
    You can find new playlists with these 20 songs on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/strong-songs-year-1/pl.u-V9D7gaGiJ7o0a
    and Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5d9ym1sUymGoySMXOw3zbZ?si=knUCLdHHTQ2lTIQq-uXYmQ
    OUTRO SOLOIST: All Of Them!
    Thanks to all of the outro soloists we've featured over the past few months: BJ Cord, Galen Clark, Rob Reich, Dan Nervo, Sam Howard, and Steve Pardo. We'll feature plenty more great soloists in Year Two.
    SOCIAL MEDIA ALERT

    You can find Kirk on Twitter @kirkhamilton, and if you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, follow him on Instagram @kirk_hamilton. https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST
    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    In addition to the year-one playlists above, you can find bigger playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    The biggest of all thank-yous to all of Strong Songs's Patreon backers. Hundreds of people have supported the show since the Patreon launched over the summer, and you've made it possible for Strong Songs to be what it is. For Year Two, we're adding a smaller "Eighth-Note" tier for those of you who just want to kick in a little bit, since a few folks have asked for that.
    Find out more here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    NOVEMBER 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    Ryan Torvik
    NOVEMBER 2019 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Cyrus N. White
    David Stroud

    • 50 min
    "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton

    "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton

    It takes an extremely strong song to top the charts three separate times in three separate decades, but "I Will Always Love You" is just such a song.
    Written and recorded (twice) by Dolly Parton and then re-recorded in show-stopping fashion by Whitney Houston, the ballad has morphed from a fond farewell to a former mentor, to a theatrical goodbye to a lover, to a soaring ode to the very notions of love and loss. We follow that journey from the beginning, with all the vocal tricks, dramatic line-readings, and epic key changes that were added along the way.
    Band/Artist: Dolly Parton & Whitney Houston
    Albums: Jolene (1974), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), and The Bodyguard soundtrack (1992)
    Composed by: Dolly Parton
    Listen/Buy (Jolene): Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    Listen/Buy (TBLWIT): Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    Listen/Buy (The Bodyguard): Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO DISCUSSED/FEATURED:
    The sensational new WNYC podcast Dolly Parton's America "The Last Thing On My Mind" by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner "Applejack" by Dolly Parton from New Harvest...First Gathering, 1977 "Let It Go" from Frozen performed by Idina Menzel ------
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Dan Nervo

    Mr. Dan Nervo has the tiller for this episode's outro solo. Dan plays guitar all around the San Francisco Bay Area in bands like Neon Velvet, and also teaches private guitar lessons. Hit him up if you want to get really good at guitar: https://www.facebook.com/DanNervoGuitarLessons/
    ONE 'GRAM AT A TIME

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, follow Kirk on Instagram @kirk_hamilton. https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST
    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    The biggest of thank-yous to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons. If you want to support Kirk making the show, do so here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    NOVEMBER 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS (Thank you!!)
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    Ryan Torvik
    NOVEMBER 2019 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Cyrus N. White
    David Stroud
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Jaehoon Jeong
    James Johnson
    Jasmine Fellows
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jennifer Bush
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O'Keefe
    joujou
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Kingy
    Matt Gaskell
    Max Schechter
    Melanie Stivers
    Michael Blackwell
    Miriam Juskowicz
    Molly
    Mueller
    Nate from Kalamazoo
    Nicholas Schechter
    Richard Toller
    samuel gardner
    Shane DeLeon
    Shaun Wiese
    SP
    Tanner Morton
    Tim
    Tom Clewer
    Tom Lauer

    • 58 min
    "Making Christmas" from The Nightmare Before Christmas

    "Making Christmas" from The Nightmare Before Christmas

    When the full moon starts to climb, we'll all sing out... it's time to talk about the best stop-motion animated Halloween/Christmas movie musical ever made! Hee hee hee hee heeee!
    Tim Burton and Danny Elfman's maniacal miniature-musical The Nightmare Before Christmas was unusual when it came out in 1993 and, despite the fact that it went on to became a beloved Disney classic, is still unusual today. The centerpiece ensemble song "Making Christmas," during which the well-meaning but hopeless denizens of Halloween Town attempt to craft their own kind of creepy Christmas, is a crucial turning point for the film, both narratively and musically.
    In this episode, Kirk takes a closer look at what makes "Making Christmas" tick, from its densely interwoven character motifs to its ever-shifting orchestration to its earth-shaking contrabass woodwinds.
    Band/Artist: Danny Elfman and the Halloween Town Cast
    Album: The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, 1993
    Composed by: Danny Elfman
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    Various other songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, 1993 "The Simpsons Theme" by Danny Elfman, 1989 "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science" by Danny Elfman/Oingo Boingo from Dead Man's Party, 1985 "Dies Irae" performed by the monks of the Abbey of Notre Dame "Theme from The Shining" by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind, 1980 "The Carol of the Bells" by Mykola Leontovych, 1914, with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky, as conducted by John Williams on the soundtrack from Home Alone
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    Update 10/31: After I published this episode on the 30th, several listeners wrote in to tell me about the Dies Irae, a 13th century Gregorian death chant that also shares the first four notes of the "Making Christmas" motif and has turned up in a TON of movies besides. I wasn't familiar with the Dies Irae (I know!), so I've updated the episode to include a mention of it. You'll have to redownload the episode if you want to hear that version. You can also watch a great Vox explainer video about the Dies Irae here: https://www.vox.com/videos/2019/9/16/20868789/creepy-melody-movies-catholic-chant-lion-king-shining - Kirk
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    NEW MUSIC VIDEO!
    It's a multi-instrumental arrangement of the theme from the classic  adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island, featuring both pennywhistle and normal whistle, among other instruments: https://youtu.be/zf7VQiu1MGo 
    To catch the next one, subscribe to Kirk's YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/kirkhamiltonmusic
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    OUTRO SOLOIST: Steve Pardo

    This episode's outro soloist is the one and only Steve Pardo. Steve and Kirk met when they were both jazz saxophone students at the University of Miami; Steve currently lives and performs around the Nashville, TN area. He's a producer, composer, and does work in the world of video games, having spent several years at Harmonix, where he helped make music games like Rock Band and Dance Central. You can find out more at his website: https://www.stevepardo.com/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST
    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thanks as always to everyone who supports Strong Songs on Patreon. If you want to support Kirk making this podcast, find out more here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    OCTOBER 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    OCTOBER 2019 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Andre Bremer
    Andr

    • 50 min
    "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal

    "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal

    There is so much a man can tell you, so much he can say... especially if that man is named Kirk, and the thing he's telling you about is Seal's "Kiss From a Rose."
    Kirk goes back to the 90s for a close look at Seal's Grammy-winning, Batman-adjacent power ballad and finds a song that's much more interesting than he even remembered. It's an indulgent world of thick counterpoint, long phrases, harp flourishes, and oboe solos, with some of the richest vocal arranging this side of a chamber choir.
    Band/Artist: Seal
    Album: Seal II, 1994 and the Batman Forever soundtrack, 1995
    Composed by: Seal
    Produced by: Trevor Horn
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    OUTRO SOLOIST: Sam Howard

    This episode's outro soloist is bassist Sam Howard. Sam lives in Nashville, TN, where he performs and tours with all kinds of artists, most recently hitting the road with the wonderful singer/guitar-shredder Molly Tuttle. Sam played all the way through the Strong Songs outro, so keep an ear out for his playing mixed under the horns on the way out. You can find out what Sam's up to at his website, https://samhowardmusic.com.
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST
    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    The biggest of thank-yous to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons. The show is drawing ever-nearer to its next goal, which will mean a bonus episode all about music terminology. If you want to support the show, do so here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    OCTOBER 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    OCTOBER 2019 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Cyrus N. White
    Dominik Schmitt
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Jaehoon Jeong
    James Johnson
    Jasmine Fellows
    Jeffrey Olson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O'Keefe
    joujou
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Matt Gaskell
    Max Schechter
    Melanie Stivers
    Michael Blackwell
    Miriam Juskowicz
    Mueller
    Nate from Kalamazoo
    Nicholas Schechter
    Richard Toller
    samuel gardner
    Shane DeLeon
    Shaun Wiese
    SP
    Tim
    Tom Clewer
    Tom Lauer

    • 52 min

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