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The Weird Wide World of Al Yankovic: The Step-Father of Parody Returns

As an actor, singer, and comedian Weird Al Yankovic has seen and done just about everything. He’s poked fun at the King of Pop, starred in his own movie, and wrote a children’s book, all […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cannibal Ox

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: Hunter S. Thompson is Born; July 18, 1937

Hunter S. Thompson, the wild, mad mind behind ‘gonzo journalism‘ was born on this day in 1937. A notorious devourer of life at a rapid pace, Thompson was just about the most reflective man that […]

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Drake Settles with YG Over ‘Borrowed’ Lyrics

Depending on what side of the coin you land on Drake can either be a generation’s misunderstood genius or a clueless meatball born with a silver spoon in his ass. You can’t mention him without […]

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Lyricapsule: The Coasters Record ‘Poison Ivy’; July 16, 1959

Follow us back to an hour in 1959, when promiscuity loved its conservatism – doo-wop dynamos The Coasters recorded a version of infamous songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s femme fatale-ish cautionary hit “Poison […]

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RIFF’d: Morrissey’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

We can all accept that Morrissey is possibly modern history’s single best reincarnation of Narcissus. His dedicated fanbase even enjoys it. Recently, his self-absorbed vanity has aged like a fine wine into crotchety old curmudgeon territory, giving his hatred of everyone and […]

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Spotlight: Bishop Nehru

Born in Rockland County, New York, 17-year-old Bishop Nehru is the embodiment of many different eras. His old-soul sensibilities speak to the golden-age, the unbending confidence to today’s market, and his ability to make sense out […]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Concludes T.S. Eliot is ‘Inventor of Rap’

Composer, songwriter, and musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is known for many things, but one thing he is not is a hip-hop historian. His recent comments about T.S. Eliot’s “The Rum Tum Tugger” being the […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Alley Oop’ the Caveman Goes No. 1; July 11, 1960

Debuting at the end of May in 1960, Dallas Frazier novelty gem “Alley Oop” caught the cover treatment from a band that hadn’t even formed yet, led by Hollywood session man Gary Paxton, landing a […]

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Notes From Mr. Sandman: Gift of Gab

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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