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Lyricapsule: Jefferson Airplane Drop ‘White Rabbit’; June 24, 1967

One of the first hippie anthems to sneak past radio censors on the sly, Grace Slick’s masterful psychedelic homage to both Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and the brighter side of hallucinogens, dropped on this day in 1967. […]

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Tom DeLonge’s Been Alien-Crazy Long Before Quitting Blink to Study Them

Blink-182 swapped guitarists recently in the most immature, dramatic fashion possible, Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba filling in for the forever face of the band, Tom DeLonge, who is citing he’d rather investigate aliens. Blink is […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Offwhyte

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Lyricapsule: The Miracles drop ‘Tracks of My Tears’; June 23, 1965

America had just put its first group of troops on Vietnam ground and another Ranger lunar probe proved that the moon isn’t made of cheese, but heartache is timeless, especially when Smokey Robinson’s on the […]

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The Notorious B.A.R.N.E.Y.

Not all mashups are created equal. Some aren’t worth a red cent while others are worth pouring over. Adam Schleichkorn has apparently done his homework because he’s been dishing out audio visual dimes for years. Schleichkorn’s […]

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Lyricapsule: The Surfaris Drop ‘Wipe Out’; June 22, 1963

Immortalized by high-school marching bands following its release on this day in 1963, wave-chaser of a bass-drum and jangly guitar chase “Wipe Out” by Cali beach-bums, The Surfaris, was one of those rare cheeky cult […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Tyga

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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STREETSIDE: METZ Shred Seattle’s Barboza; June 17, 2016

Ever since Metz released II and we RIFF’d it here, I’ve been a huge fan and made no secret of it. They’re also relatively big with the rest of Seattle, which is unsurprising as the band […]

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RIFF’d: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’

Through 10 albums, 30 years, and the process of losing John Frusciante twice, RHCP has gradually morphed from at least semi-dangerous, sex-funk rap-rockers that borrowed plentifully from Faith no More to a Californicated punchline. Even Stadium Arcadium apologists […]

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Lyricapsule: David Bowie Connects Major Tom to Ground Control; June 20, 1969

Opposite Hunky Dory‘s “Life on Mars?” two years later, David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity,” recorded on this day in 1969, appointed the late ever-morphing rocker as the new king of psych-folk, four years before The Dark […]

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