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Morrissey @ Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH: 4/1/09 [02 Apr 2009|01:32pm]
[ mood | excited ]


This Charming Man
Billy Budd
That's How People Grow Up
Black Cloud
How Soon is Now?
Irish Blood, English Heart
I Keep Mine Hidden
How Could Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Best Friend on the Payroll
When I Last Spoke to Carol
Seasick But Still Docked
The Loop
Death of A Disco Dancer
Let Me Kiss You
Sorry Doesn't Help Us
Something Is Squeezing My Skull
I'm OK By Myself

Encore: First of the Gang To Die

My first Moz show was pretty incredible.

It was also one of the gayest spectacles I've ever seen in my life (and this is coming from a guy who has been in attendance at a 'wet undies contest' at a gay club). The REFUSAL sailor backdrop was great.

He played "I Keep Mine Hidden", which pretty much made my entire life.

Stacey & I also had the most hysterical ride home, which included us singing along to every song on XM's Love channel. We knew almost all the words for the following songs (and yes, I looked up the playlist for the channel so I could remember every moment):

Gloria Estefan "Coming Out Of The Dark"
Don Henley "The End of the Innocence" (is this really a love song?)
Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway "The Closer I Get To You"
Genesis "In Too Deep"
Robbie Dupree "Steal Away" (am I crazy or is Michael McDonald on this track?)
George Michael "One More Try"
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart"
Chicago "You're the Inspiration" (HIGHLIGHT of the drive!)
Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

finally turned it off when they got to the Will II Power cover of "Baby I Love Your Way", but we had a great run. I had to turn that channel into a preset FO SHO.

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sxsw! [19 Mar 2009|05:14pm]
Having a great time in Austin this week. I can't believe that we're already closing out our 4th day of live broadcasts and we've been here 6 days already. We're down to 9 sessions left and I only have 3 left that I have to host so that's working for me.

I am planning on getting uptown a bit here tonight. Hoping to meet up with a few folks for drinks & maybe catch the Sub Pop showcase or something.

It's going to be a week or so before everything is posted up on our site, but we will have full audio podcasts and then tons of HD video footage to go up in the next few weeks.
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another chapter [07 Feb 2009|01:17pm]
[ mood | excited ]

As some of you can probably tell now, there was more that I would have liked to say on the 5th Anniversary of 97X's FM sign off, but at the time we just weren't quite ready to make the announcement. I would guess that most of you have now seen that WOXY is under new ownership. We officially announced it earlier this week, although have been transitioning slowly since the new year began.

Guess that means we're on our third set of owners since the station went online-only in 2004. I understand that there is a lot of curiosity about this latest news, but hopefully it is enough at the moment to say that we're really pleased that Future Sounds has taken us on.

I am eternally grateful to Bill & the folks at Lala for helping us get to this next chapter in the amazing story of the future of rock and roll, but they weren't a perfect fit for us. However, they powered us for 2 years and did not interfere with the way we program the station or try to change what we do in any way. When you look at the current media landscape, that is a pretty amazing story. They're doing some pretty cool shit with their site and we'll still be using them for all of the 'buy' links on ours. The station has been doing its thing for 25 years and I have been with it for 11 of those years already. I've got at least another 11 to give and I think it's been proven now that the station is pretty invincible.

It's the music that we all love and the spirit & passion of everybody that has ever been a part of the history of 97X & WOXY that has gotten it this far. As I mentioned to somebody else this week, the only immediate change that anybody will see out of this is the 128k streams for both the main WOXY and the WOXY Vintage channels. Larry, John and the rest of the crew over at Future Sounds have a lot of respect and passion for what we do and the know-how & relationships to help us do some of the things that we just haven't had the ability to do in recent years. They understand that we're not looking for more empty promises, we're looking for results.

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Time flies... [28 Jan 2009|03:52pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

5 years ago today, the sale of 97X was announced. It was such a surreal moment and it's been a long time since I've looked back at any of that news. Barb passed on this link today, which originally ran in City Beat.

It's all even weirder for me now because those days seem so much longer than 5 years ago. There have been a lot of changes here since that all went down and I'm sure there will be a lot more. We have jokingly been referred to as "zombie radio" by some, because no matter what happens, we always seem to survive.

Even though we still have a smaller staff than I would like, I'd say that we've been able to do a lot more than just survive. We've really thrived over the last few years and continue to pull off programming that rivals stations that literally have 10 times the employees and budgets that we do. I've been working at WOXY for 11 years now and I'm thrilled to be able to say that is still the case.

Here's to the future of The Future Of Rock and Roll!

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Awwwww shit -- my new car [06 Jan 2009|08:57pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Pictures to follow when it's nice enough to snap some photos, but I actually bought my first real car today. I had always hoped that I'd be living a bit more of an adult life by the time I turned 30, but my debt issues kept me from having a bit more independence until last year. Slowly, but surely I have been correcting my past wrongs...and that led me to finally being able to buy a NEW vehicle.

I was still actually looking at used stuff on dealer websites because I thought that was all that was really in my price range. Luckily, Dad came down to assist me on my hunt. Much like Goldilocks, I tried multiple cars at the first dealership we stopped at. Their used inventory had several cars I was curious about, so I tried a Pontiac Vibe, Chevy Cobalt (4 door & 2 door), Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevy Malibu, Saturn Astra and Saturn Aura.

The only two that even worked at all were the 2 door Cobalt and the Pontiac Grand Prix. I would have been able to get that car for under $15,000 and I liked it a lot. It was a 2008 but it had 26k miles on it, so it wasn't perfect...but was staying at the top of my list.

I wanted to go hunt for a new Cobalt to see what kind of pricing I could get on that with Dad's discount, but the Saturn dealer was closer so we stopped down there. I had printed out details on 2 used Vues that were in their inventory. I test drove a white one, which was a 2008 Vue XE. It didn't have much get up and go, but I LOVED it. It had ample headroom and legroom for my 6'5" self.

We went to leave the Saturn dealership and go to try another car or two at Tom Gill Chevrolet when Tammy, the Sales Manager there approached us and asked if we had any interest in pricing out a new car vs the used car I had test drove. I was curious, because Dad's GM Discount wouldn't apply for the used car and there are different interest rates and incentives available on new vehicles.

She ran a few numbers and showed me several options in their inventory. We looked at 2008 vs 2009 and the options available on their in-stock models. She was really great, helpful, and no pressure. It was sort of the PERFECT scenario. After digging into one particular Vue that I was interested in, she crunched the numbers to show me that she thought she could make my monthly payment on the new one with hardly any mileage on it to be only about $20 more per month for me than the used one was going to end up.

Dad & I had a brief chat about everything and then I called my insurance agent to get a quote. I wanted to make sure that the monthly payment for the car combined with a more expensive insurance bill wasn't going to kill me. AMAZINGLY, because the new car has a million options, an alarm, and OnStar service I get a better rate than I ever expected. Basically, my insurance will rise about $40 over a 6-month period -- $80 for the year. That is not bad considering I have been driving a car from 1995!!!

So, I am now the proud owner of a Ruby Red 2008 Saturn Vue XE. I can't wait to get to drive it more and to actually not be afraid to take a road trip for fear that my car will explode. Tammy and Matt who helped us out there at the dealership were great and it was just about as perfect of an experience as I could have hoped for. Fingers crossed that things stay that way over the years. Without a doubt, it's the best car I've ever driven so far...

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goodbye Rivieria [05 Jan 2009|09:28am]
[ mood | blah ]

My car finally bit the big one yesterday. Truth be told, I have no idea what is wrong with it and I do not care. I decided after Thanksgiving of '07 when it required a bunch more work that there would be no more chances for it. I am not putting any more money into that fucker. Shockingly, it has run good enough for the last year to hang on to it...but yesterday was my breaking point.

I pulled out of my apartment to run some errands and when I went to turn at an intersection, it almost wouldn't move. It was just puttering. I floored the gas and it pushed through. I basically just went right around the block and headed back to my apartment because I did not want to get stuck. The car basically COASTED down a hill and to my parking lot. It was hardly driving at that point. Then, a cloud of smoke began to appear from under the hood.

I turned the car off and shut the door. That was the last time I plan on being behind the wheel of that fucker ever again (except, I might try to move it to the back of my parking lot to get it out of the way as it is currently in a pretty primo spot).

Dad can't come down until tomorrow, but he's going to take me around to some dealerships and see if I can't get a good deal. Since I can use Dad's GM discount at Saturn, I am looking at a pre-owned Astra and a few Vues that the local dealership has on their site. They must have been leases, with very low mileage. The Astra only has 3,000 miles on it and is under $15,000. WIth Dad's discount + my down payment ($2,000+), I should be able to get a payment that is well within my budget. Cross your fingers for me.

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The Onion A.V. Club's Least Essential Albums of 2008 [29 Dec 2008|12:51am]
I love this list every year and this description just made me shit myself with laughter:

Alvin And The Chipmunks, Undeniable
In conclusive proof that God does not exist, and that if He did, He would hate you with the blazing intensity of a thousand suns, the recent Alvin And The Chipmunks movie grossed more than $360 million and prompted an upcoming sequel. Even more horrifyingly, its soundtrack went gold, prompting the sequel album no one asked for: Undeniable. Yes, the hideous squealing rodents are back with helium-fueled covers of “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Three Little Birds,” “All The Small Things,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and many, many more. The result is headache-inducing in the extreme. Come back, Crazy Frog. All is forgiven.

Full listing here:
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Favorite Songs Of 2008 - WOXY broadcast 12/24/2008 [24 Dec 2008|12:41pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

This is hardly a complete listing of my favorite tracks of the year, but after I filtered out repeat selections from my co-workers (we all picked tracks like Deerhunter's "Nothing Ever Happened", The Week That Was' "Scratch The Surface", and Elbow's "Grounds For Divorce" initially) and tracks that I just couldn't get away with playing (like "Single Ladies" from Beyonce), I ended up with the following 3-hour special that premiered today on WOXY. It will air again a few times next week.

If you haven't heard any of these tracks, you can find a good chunk of them for free streaming over at lala.com. Also, check out the free downloads of the live performances from our WOXY Lounge Act series here:


Shiv's Best Songs Of 2008 special:
Daniel Martin Moore "The Old Measure"
Laura Marling "My Manic & I"
French Kicks "Abandon"
The Helio Sequence "Hallelujah"
The Dears "Money Babies"
The Dodos "Red and Purple"
Ra Ra Riot "Oh, La (WOXY.com Lounge Act)"
Sebastien Grainger "American Names"
Goldfrapp "A&E (Hercules & Love Affair Remix)"
Hercules & Love Affair "Blind (Club Mix)"
Marlena Shaw "California Soul (Diplo Mix)"
Jamie Lidell "Little Bit Of Feel Good"
Q-Tip "Gettin' Up"
Sam Phillips "My Career In Chemistry"
The Spinto Band "Summer Grof"
No Age "Eraser"
Primal Scream "Can't Go Back"
Kanye West "Coldest Winter"
Erykah Badu "The Healer"
The Phenomenal Handclap Band "15 to 20"
Gnarls Barkley "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Portishead "Magic Doors"
Mason Proper "Point A To Point B"
Bound Stems "Sugar City Magic"
Mother Mother "O My Heart"
The Breeders "Walk It Off"
Sybris "Oh Man!"
Gentleman Auction House "The Book Of Matches"
Tilly And The Wall "Pot Kettle Black"
31Knots "The Breaks"
Deerhoof "The Tears And Music Of Love"
Dungen "Det Tar Tid"
The Bloodsugars "Purpose Was Again"
be your own PET "Bitches Leave"
Human Highway "The Sound"
Headlights "Cherry Tulips"
The Decemberists "Record Year"
Jenny Lewis "See Fernando"
Everest "Reloader"
The Kills "Last Day Of Magic"
Santogold "Shove It"
Hot Chip "One Pure Thought"
Pomegranates "Tesseract (WOXY.com Lounge Act - new song)"
Jukebox The Ghost "Nobody (WOXY.com Lounge Act - new song)"
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin "Modern Mystery"

This should be re-airing on Monday @ Noon eastern and then probably a few other times next week as well...

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I wish we had a genuinely indie theater in town...instead of 2 fake ones [22 Dec 2008|08:43pm]
[ mood | pissed off ]

SON OF A WHORE. The Esquire was supposed to be opening "I've Loved You So Long" on Christmas Day, but it looks like they've dumped it for "Valkyrie." Seriously? Because that one is going to be at every other theater in the area, but I've been waiting for WEEKS to get "I've Loved You So Long." Even "Slumdog Millionaire" has now expanded to several other local screens but they're keeping it on two and then showing 2 other titles that will be at every multiplex in the area. Lame x infinity.

love, Shiv

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97 Best Of 2008 [18 Dec 2008|10:30am]
Our 25th Annual 97 Best countdown is running NOW over at WOXY.com! It will be on the air for the next 7 hours as Mike, Joe & myself recap our most played albums of the year. We're 30 minutes into the list and some great cuts have already flown by. Tune in today if you can to check it out -- I'll be hosting the middle of the countdown, from the #60-#30 range.

If you miss it, the entire thing will reair several times over the holidays and then will also be available for on-demand streaming.
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Shiv's Best of 2008 - Albums [17 Dec 2008|01:55pm]
There will be more commentary on the WOXY Year In Review special, airing next Tuesday...and eventually on the website, but I haven't written it yet...

In the meantime, here's my favorite albums of the year. For everybody who has said it was a boring year for music, I officially do not understand how your brain works. I had a difficult time narrowing down a Top 20 and there are lots of albums that could have made this list if I had tweaked it a few more times.

For those of you who haven't had a chance to keep up with a lot of new music, you can listen to a lot of these albums for free over lala.com

BEST OF 2008: Albums
1) Mason Proper "Olly Oxen Free" (Dovecote)
2) TV On The Radio "Dear Science" (Interscope)
3) Ra Ra Riot "The Rhumb Line" (Barsuk)
4) French Kicks "Swimming" (Vagrant)
5) The Kills "Midnight Boom" (Domino)
6) Portishead "Third" (Island)
7) Erykah Badu "New Amerykah: Part 1 (4th World War)" (Universal Motown)
8) The Helio Sequence "Keep Your Eyes Ahead" (Sub Pop)
9) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!" (Anti)
10) M83 "Saturdays = Youth" (Mute)
11) Paul Weller "22 Dreams" (Yep Roc)
12) Q-Tip "The Renaissance" (Universal Motown)
13) Elbow "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Geffen)
14) Hot Chip "Made In The Dark" (Astralwerks)
15) Pomegranates "Everything Is Alive" (Lujo)
16) Santogold "Santogold" (Downtown)
17) The Breeders "Mountain Battles" (4AD)
18) Daniel Martin Moore "Stray Age" (Sub Pop)
19) Gentleman Auction House "Alphabet Graveyard" (Emergency Umbrella)
20) The Spinto Band "Moonwink" (Park The Van)
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I guess I need to write in this more... [11 Dec 2008|10:28pm]
[ mood | loved ]

The Future Sounds guys recorded a live set with Longwave that aired on this week's show. I've really been digging their new album "Secrets Are Sinister." Now, I knew that Jeff wasn't playing in the band anymore, but I hadn't really looked at the current lineup until I saw some photos on their website tonight.

Cutiepatootie Morgan from Robbers On High Street is in the band now. I did not know this. What a nice dude. I love all those Robbers boys and was just thinking about them the other day when I heard "Seasons Greetings" on the WOXY Holiday Mixer.

In other news, I am pretty sure I need to go to the goddamn dentist. This is something I haven't done in a very long time and, in fact, I do not even have one so I need to find a place I can use my insurance at and look into exactly what my coverage is because I've never used it. One of my back teeth has either lost a filling or just lost a chunk somehow. I can feel it with my tongue and it's creeping me the fuck out. I have no idea when it happened. It doesn't hurt at all, I just noticed it while eating a sandwich tonight and now I am freaking out about it a little bit.

The Ra Ra Riot show last night was a good time. Went to dinner with them first at the sushi place across the street from the SGH. Not my thing, but I got grilled salmon which was tasty enough ALTHOUGH my giant hands were not made for chopsticks. Lesson learned.

The Princeton guys were really nice and had a great time earlier in the day for their session. I missed their set because we were still at dinner, but I listened to the Lounge Act and thought they sounded good. I can't say that I was won over by So Many Dynamos. I definitely give them kudos for their energy and stage presence, but it didn't do much for me as a whole. Andrew said their new album is really good so I am reserving judgement.

RRR had a great set even though Wes had bronchitis and everybody was feeling a little rundown. I think he found a way to sing without straining himself too much and he seemed to make it through all the songs without any real difficulty. Matt's bass was really out loud in the mix, which I enjoyed. They even encored with "Everest", so I was pretty pleased about that.

It sucked to not have as much time to visit with them on this go around (I even missed their in-store at Shake It because I got stuck in traffic), but we made the most of it. Got them all rounded up before Noon and went to Olive Garden at their request for lunch before they had to leave town. They've got radio sessions + shows almost every stop on this tour, so I have to give them credit for still being so energetic and excited about everything.

At a certain point, sometimes you can even see with your favorite bands that transition where it becomes a job instead of just for fun. Even on a night like last night with sore throats and tired souls, you could still see the overwhelming joy on all their faces as they played. Their energy on stage is infectious and even though I've seen them play more times than I count now, it's still an exciting set to watch.

I look forward to next year when they'll have some new material to play. They said they were going to start writing after the holidays. I really can't wait to hear what they come up with next. More than anything, I value their friendship. Pretty soon, they're probably not going to be sleeping at Casa de la Shiv, but I'll always look forward to catching up with them when they're passing through.

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Lala Forecast Widget [03 Dec 2008|10:25am]
Holiday Playlist 2008

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WOXY Holiday Mixer [20 Nov 2008|12:05am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

The WOXY Holiday Mixer is back up and running for the season.


I added a TON of new music to the mix for this year and as of a few minutes ago the stream is refreshed with all of the new playlists I have been working on. In the last hour, tracks from Low, My Morning Jacket, Cocteau Twins, Gentleman Auction House, Sufjan Stevens, and The Long Winters have spun. The station has a nice mix of current indie rockers, classic modern rockers, and vintage tracks from artists as diverse as Loretta Lynn, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, and, um, Pee Wee Herman. HECK YES!

Even if you aren't ready to tune in until after Thanksgiving, bookmark the streams and get ready to enjoy it. Hopefully, you'll have as much fun listening to it as I have putting it together.

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this is why I love Dan Savage [12 Nov 2008|08:12am]
[ mood | amused ]

From this week's Savage Love column. Dan is pretty angry about the passing of Prop 8 in California. So much so, that he wants to cause 'gay panic' amongst straight people nationwide. This first answer nails it, so to speak.

Dear Dan: I am a completely straight guy. I am madly in love with my girlfriend. One night, she was giving me oral and stuck a finger in my ass. I was uncomfortable at first, but after a little while, I began to like it—I found it felt so good. Now, my girlfriend asked if I wanted to try a butt plug. At first, I said, "Yes!" But now, the more I think about it, I am starting to think it may be gay. My question: Is there something gay about using a butt plug?

Guy With Anal Interests

I've dedicated my life to reassuring panicky straight boys that a little anal stimulation won't make 'em gay. My oft-stated position: If a guy and a girl are doing it during sex—whatever it is, whatever it looks like—it's straight sex. And, yes, that includes a pair of straight girls making out to turn on a straight boy, as well as the far less common straight-boys-making-out-to-turn-on-a-straight-girl scenario.

But no more. From now on, I intend to sow gay panic when and where I can. Maybe straight men, who voted in overwhelming numbers for the various anti-gay shit on their ballots, won't be so quick to strip gay people of their civil rights if they're worried that one false move—or one finger up the butt—can turn them gay. So for the record, breeder boys: A finger in the butt can make you gay; using a butt plug can make you gay; doing it doggy-style can make you gay; playing with your nipples can make you gay; fucking a woman in the ass can make you gay; wiping from front-to-back can make you gay; standing up to pee can make you gay; and watching dudes hump dudes on ESPN—Ultimate Fighting Championship—for sure makes you gay.

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I'll be damned [04 Nov 2008|11:55pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Yes we did.

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[04 Nov 2008|10:56am]
from electoral-vote.com:

The First Election Results Are in Already

The polls have already closed in Dixville Notch, NH because all 21 eligible voters have cast their ballots. This village of 75 people traditionally opens the polls at midnight on election day and closes them a few minutes later after the last voter has performed his or her civic duty. Barack Obama got 71% of the vote here today. Dixville Notch is not a good bellwether, however; it has voted solidly Republican for decades. The last Democrat to carry the Notch was Hubert Humphrey in 1968. It is probably not a good start for McCain to have early election day news dominated by a story about a solidly Republican rural village voting overwhelmingly for Obama.
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VOTE BABY VOTE [04 Nov 2008|10:39am]
[ mood | excited ]

Even though I live in a state where my Democratic vote is going to have no impact, it felt really good to go into that booth this morning and punch a vote for Obama. I am feeling oddly zen about this day. The tide is turning. Parts of this country may have to be dragged kicking and screaming, but things are changing for the better.

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the USPS is some bullshit [03 Nov 2008|02:00pm]
[ mood | surprised ]

There have been two records that we've been wondering why we didn't get at the station over the past few weeks: Parts & Labor and Gang Gang Dance. They just never showed up and we knew they were out and had been sent by promoters.

Today, I was opening a mountain of mail. I opened 2 separate packages in a row. One had the first cd, the second had the other. When I checked the postmarks on them, both of them had been mailed almost A MONTH AGO. The one was postmarked October 9th. They were both cd's that "went for adds" at college radio on October 14th. How bizarre that they both turned up on the same day and both were essentially stalled/lost in the mail but finally showed up weeks later.

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even Joe The Plumber is standing up Walnuts! [30 Oct 2008|11:06pm]
So, at today's McCain rally in Northern Ohio FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION, he couldn't even pull in a crowd in a swing state. 4,000 of the 6,000 in attendance were students from the local school district who were bussed in. I don't know about you, but if I was in school and forced to go attend a McCain rally, I would have been sick that day. Literally.

At any rate, playing to his fake crowd (most of whom are not old enough to vote), McCain was actually stood up by his loverboy, Joe The Plumber. This is the funniest shit ever. At least he's somewhat quick on his old, tired feet.

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