News Roundup


Notes from Mr. Sandman: 2Mex

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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‘O Canada’ May Go Gender-Neutral

A veteran member of the Canadian parliament recently diagnosed with ALS, Mauril Bélanger, is making it a chief crusade of his to get Canada’s National Anthem, “O Canada,” to read more gender-neutral. Titled, “An Act to Amend […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana Drop ‘Bleach’; June 15, 1989

Most of Bleach, Nirvana‘s major label deflowering, dropped on this day in 1989, was crunchy grunge fodder dressed up that way because there was this movement called grunge, and Sub Pop put on the pressure […]

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Listing: 5 Paper Thin Lyrics from Peter, Bjorn and John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter, Bjorn and John‘s seventh studio album Breakin’ Point is the band’s attempt at breaking free of musical redundancies still left over from the whistle era. It’s their first project in five years and the prevailing thought […]

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Lyricapsule: Derek and the Dominos’ First Gig; June 14, 1970

Spurned from dissipating energy from Cream and Blind Faith, Eric Clapton was quietly entering his masterpiece phase. And by quietly we mean strung out on smack, blow and the unrequited love for his best friend’s […]

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WSJ Creates ‘Hamilton’ Rhyme Scheme Algorithm

Praise for the hit Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical has been widely distributed, but few have taken as close an examination of its success than the folks over at the Wall Street Journal. Journalists Joel […]

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Lyricapsule: Alanis Morissette Drops ‘Jagged Little Pill’; June 13, 1995

Before Alanis Morissette‘s definition of “Ironic” confused a generation of young students of English, the abrasive alt-rock starlet wasn’t abrasive at all. She cut her teeth as a child actor, dabbling in teen pop in […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXIII

Blink-182 return from the back of the Best Buy bargain bin with an overhead projector presentation, Local Natives take to the concrete LA jungle streets with that same projector weapon, CHVRCHES prove they’re slowly turning into […]

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Lyricapsule: Joe Walsh Reflects — ‘Life’s Been Good’; June 10, 1978

Post-Bernie Leadon Eagle‘s pinch hitter, Joe Walsh, mounted his run for the best rock punchline of the 70s on this day in 1978, when his mock-ballad jam, “Life’s Been Good,” entered the Billboard Hot 100 […]

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Jokester Tom Petty Wrote ‘Free Fallin’ to Get Co-Writer Jeff Lynne to Laugh

In yet another great case for a sense of humor in your craft, Tom Petty, dad rock funny man, recently shared with Billboard that he conceived the first verse of his highest-charting hit ever, “Free […]

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