By Michael Slezak
Updated November 06, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

I imagine right now a lot of you are all like, “A birthday post for Taryn Manning? Seriously?” But I’m also betting those of you expressing that sentiment are only familiar with Taryn Manning the Actress (8 Mile, Crossroads) and not with Taryn Manning the Singer (of the musical duo Boomkat). Yes, these Taryn Mannings are one and the same (and both turning 30 today), but I’m more obsessed with the latter, especially on days like today when I repeatedly play Boomkat’s 2003 single “The Wreckoning,” which inexplicably was not a huge hit. WHY WAS THIS NOT A HUGE HIT, POPWATCHERS? I need answers. And your explanations may give Taryn some comfort on her big day. Press play. Then explain it all. Thank you. And happy birthday, Taryn!

This just in: Boomkat’s MySpace page is promising a new album soon. BOOMKAT!