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We spend a lot of time

We spend a lot of time analysing and speculating on just why people love the music they love. Is it the people we surround ourselves with? The place we grow up in? The music our parents like? Plenty of actual proper, not just guessing, research has gone into it, and has largely concluded – err we don’t really know.

One factor that obviously greatly affects the music you love though is incredibly simple; the year that you were born! Born in the 1930’s and you’re considerably more likely to look back on Chuck Berry and his fellow rock’n’rollers with fondness than someone born in 2003; equally we doubt many people born in the 1950’s are getting blown away by the latest record on the grime scene. Of course it’s not quite as simple as you’re going to love the records in the charts when you were in your formative years, a quick look at the charts of our thirteenth birthday would suggest the likes of All Saints, Boyzone and (eurgh) Kula Shaker should have more impact on us than is instantly apparent.

Ultimately your taste is not defined by your age or any one factor; the records your parents play when your mind is being shaped, the records that shift you to those early gigs and sticky floored night clubs, and your desire (or not) to seek out new music will all shape that record collection that so perfectly represents you – but perhaps like us you’ll never quite get over the fact Geri Halliwell was number one on your sixteenth birthday singing a song about men falling out of the sky; some records just never leave you, no matter how much you want them to.


Bearcats are the garage two piece of drummer Lexi McCoy and bassist Lisa Harrison. The band formed in 2014, and as well as becoming fixtures on the California live scene, have recently come to work with Durham’s finest new tape label, Frux Tapes, home to the likes of Tough Tits and Pale Kids. Earlier this year Frux Tapes put out Bearcats sublime debut EP, Candy, and breaking the don’t release anything in December rule, they’re also set, next week, to release the follow-up, Break Up Stories.

Break Up Stories is an instantaneously wonderful EP; three perfect pop songs, given a fantastic lo-fi makeover. Opening track New Friends is catchy a Phil Spectorish number, only the wall of sound is replaced with a fuzzy bass pedal and some fabulously primal drum clatter. Turn Me Around is Warpaint’s harmonies stripped of any studio-trickery, while closing track, Mickey and Mallory sounds like a distinctly harmony-drenched, West Coast take on The Clash. Neil Sedaka may have said that breaking up is hard to do, but Bearcats sure make it sound good.

Today ahead of that release the Arroyo Grande-duo have put together a brilliant mix, based around the years of their respective births. As Lisa puts it, “we have a bit of an age difference between us”, so Lisa transports us to 1994 when Lexi was born, and Lexi takes us back some seventeen years further to 1977 to discover the tunes of Lisa’s birth year. Two sparkling years for musical releases, both of which directly or otherwise shaped the era-spanning sound of Bearcats.

1. Pavement – Unfair

Lisa: Pavement are so Nor Cal. This is my favorite track from Crooked Rain, it’s all about the cultural divide between northern and southern California. It’s full of references to places I’ve grown up in and the sound of the guitar intro never ceases to excite me, there is so much great energy throughout.

2. Pulp – Babies

Lisa: Pulp is in my top 5 best bands, I love the sentimental tone of this song and sweeping instrumentation takes your mind off the fact of the tawdry subject matter. Jarvis’s writing is genius and his stage presence is like no other, sadly I never got the chance to see them live.

3. Guided By Voices – I Am a Scientist

Lisa: It’s tough to pick a single song from Bee Thousand, the analog sound is something that so many bands are trying to achieve today. The soft sadness of Bob’s voice is beautiful. I dare you to see them live and not cry.

4. Dinosaur Jr. – Feel The Pain

Lisa: Jay Mascis the my favorite guitar player ever. I can get lost forever in his solos, there is an ease and grace in this tune that is juxtaposed with wild distortion that I just can’t help but fall in love with, Lexi once had a dream that we met him, I’m still holding out for that one.

5. Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

Lexi: 1977 was an amazing year for music and it was so difficult to pick just four songs! Rocket to Russia was the first album I ever got on vinyl (I think I was like 13), and I didn’t have a record player so I would take it to my grandma’s house to listen to it on her record player. This song has just always been a favorite of mine by them. Also, I was in middle school I really wished my name was Sheena (maybe I still do??)

6. David Bowie – Be My Wife

Lexi: This album is amazing but I chose this song because I can’t listen to it without dancing. I love the piano opening and the whole feel of the song. Also look up the cover of the single!! It’s gorgeous. R.I.P.

7. Iggy Pop – Baby

Lexi: I regrettably had never listened to this album until this year and I love every song on it. For some reason this song stands out to me, with its haunting vocals and distortion and the way he sings “Baby, you’re so young” just feels so heartfelt to me.

8. Elvis Costello – Alison

Lexi: When I told my mom I was making a playlist from the year ’77 she got really excited and started singing this song, and then I remembered she told me our band should cover it a few months ago! I don’t know if that will ever happen (sorry mom) but this song is just lovely.

Break Up Stories is out December 14th via Frux Tapes (UK) / Lost State Records (US) – Click HERE to order your copy. Click HERE for details of Bearcats December tour dates (US).


he Arctic hare

he Arctic hare mates between April and May. Males may box with their front legs over a female. Babies are born in late May through July. Young are born later in the northernmost part of the hare’s range.

The female builds a nest in a depression in the ground, usually behind some rocks or behind a bush. She lines it with grass and her fur. She gives birth to between two to eight young. The mother will stay with the babies for the first couple of days. The young can protect themselves after that by remaining motionless among the rocks or vegetation, making it hard for predators like the wolf, lynx and Arctic fox to spot them.

When the babies are two to three weeks old, they will start to leave the nest, coming back only to nurse. Groups of up to 20 young hares may gather at one time to nurse. They are fully weaned when they are about eight to nine weeks old.

Estimate the Number of Pet-owning Households

To estimate the number of pet-owning households in your community, multiply the total number of households in your community by the percentage of households that owned pets. For dogs and cats you may replace the national percentage with the percentage for the state in which the community is located. For birds and horses you may replace the national percentage with the percentage for the region in which the community is located.

The demographics of the state or region may be more similar to the demographics of your community, but, as indicated above the state and regional estimates have a greater degree of statistical error associated with them than the national estimates. Therefore, without additional analysis, it is undetermined whether an estimate for the number of pet-owing households in your community will be more accurate by using the national estimates, regional estimates or state estimates.

Formulas for estimating the number of pet-owning households using national percentages:
All Pets: Number of pet-owning households = .56 x total number of households
Dogs: Number of dog-owning households = .365 x total number of households
Cats: Number of cat-owning households = .304 x total number of households
Birds: Number of bird-owning households = .031 x total number of households
Horses: Number of horse-owning households = .015 x total number of households

Formulas for estimating percentage of pet-owning households and pet population in your community

Most communities do not have data on the number of households that own dogs, cats, birds, or horses, nor do they have data on the numbers of these pets in their communities. The following formulas can be used to estimate the number of pet-owning households and pet populations in your community.

These formulas will give you an approximation of the number of pet-owning households and pet populations. These formulas assume that the demographics and rates of pet ownership in your community are similar to national, state and regional demographics and rates of pet ownership. However, because these formulas use sample survey data, they should not be considered 100% accurate.

To use the formulas below you need to know the total number of households in the community in which you are estimating. If you only know the population of the community, you can estimate the number of households by dividing the population of the community by the average number of members per household. In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey estimated that there were 2.6 members per household.