Politics never make music better. Never. But they can make music much, much worse.
People who talk about "real country" usually have no place talking about rural America. Especially clueless are those who only count left-wingers as authentic country, when most country fans are conservative. However, Toby Keith does suck.
(The above is a corollary to the famous adage, "People who say they like all music except country don't really like music at all.")
Matters of the heart (and loins)
If she's into the Doors, check her ID.
The first mixtape -- or, today, burned CD -- he makes you will teach you more about him than the first six months of conversation.
Furthermore, a straight man who chooses female-fronted make-out tunes will be a less attentive lover than a man who chooses male-fronted tunes. Interestingly, the opposite is not true of women -- and both Björk and Nina Simone tunes are exempt from this rule.
After getting dumped, getting really into Exile in Guyville is a sign that you are on the road to recovery.
Never drink with someone with no guilty pleasures. Do you want to have boozy singalongs to Wire?