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Lyricapsule: Ella Fitzgerald is Born; April 25, 1917

The “First Lady of Song,” jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, would have been 99 today. And though she wasn’t immediately known for her songwriting credits, especially lyrics, often spinning her vocal magic on compositions written for her, […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Drop ‘Woman is the Nigger of the World’; April 24, 1972

The first single, “Woman is the Nigger of the World,” from John Lennon‘s third solo album, Sometime in New York City, was released on this day in 1972, arguably just as controversial a title as it […]

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Lyricapsule: The Troggs Drop ‘Wild Thing’; April 22, 1966

Trumping The Kingsmen‘s FBI-monitiered garage-rock swagger a year earlier, a working-class British crew called The Troggs just learning to play their instruments took Chip Taylor‘s girl-across-the-room chug-a-lug eye-winker, “Wild Thing,” and did things to it punk […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘Waldos’ Birth 420 Stoner Lore; April 20, 1971

If the teenage “Waldos” burnouts from San Rafeal, California in 1971 knew that their code time to meet-and-search for an abandoned pot crop would become stoner celebratory law whenever 420 sequentially came together in this waking world […]

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Lyricapsule: Patti Smith Drops ‘Because the Night’; April 19, 1978

Dropped on this day in 1978, post-punkette icon Patti Smith saw a huge awareness spike in the art she was creating with the release of “Because the Night.” Considering a retirement from the performance end […]

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Lyricapsule: Pixies Drop ‘Doolittle’; April 18, 1989

One of the core albums responsible for ushering in an era of frenetic indie rock millennials are still pissed off they weren’t born a few years earlier for, Kurt Cobain‘s loud-quiet idols, the Pixies, dropped Doolittle on […]

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Lyricapsule: Soundtracking Tax Day; April 15, Forever

Though it was aimed at British policy, George Harrison‘s Revolver opener, “Taxman,” is arguably the best tax day jam every written. If you haven’t dedicated a moment of your April 15 past or present to cowbell […]

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Lyricapsule: Butch Cassidy is Born; April 13, 1866

The last of the Wild West outlaws, Butch Cassidy, was born on this day in 1866, capturing a piece of the American Dream with a lifetime of robberies and crime-sprees with his crew the Wild […]

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Lyricapsule: Bill Haley Records ‘Rock Around the Clock’; April 12, 1954

Per our human necessity to be definitive with the way the past has unfolded, this day in 1954 serves as the fuse to the moment rock ‘n’ roll exploded. The story goes that a pair […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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