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The Thrills "Restaurant"

Closing shifts are the worst - you kick out customers, flip the open sign around, and find yourself ultimately alone. You mop the floor, clean the counter, put your time card through the machine an hour before you actually leave, wash the dishes, wonder if the paycheck is worth it. I wish I'd had "Restaurant" with me when I had to work closing shifts alone last summer, walking home in the dark with a paper bag in my hand and my headphones on: watching beautiful bar-hoppers, sleek-haired and slim, on nighttime vacations filled with bright lights and loud music. Even striding right past them, they always seemed so incredibly far away.

But I do remember something the Thrills seem to know: you work hard for your boss, who's never around and whose approval you never really cared about anyway. Your job is never your true vocation. I hope to avoid that in the future, and feel that this hope of mine is a luxury others often don't have. It's part of being young. I'm too old to be a Teenager (released July 30th), though.

The Thrills - Restaurant (Teenager)
The Thrills - Big Sur (So Much For the City)
Buy Teenager on
The Thrills' Website/Myspace

A little recollection: my dear friend and mentor Ben, a Belfast native, introduced me to the Thrills three years ago. Ben never let me take myself too seriously, but always managed to let me know he did. He got married recently, and I wish him only the best.

BONUS: Ben Kweller - Falling

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