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Listing: 5 Celebratory Lyrics from The Avalanches ‘Wildflower’

The Avalanches‘ sophomore album Wildflower is a musical carnival ride, a producers paradise that is obsessed with the groove. To say it’s a long awaited project is an understatement, and they don’t disappoint with a […]

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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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Lyricapsule: The Gold Record is Birthed; July 8, 1958

Long before ringtones and multi-million dollar deals with cell phone companies, the defining barometer of success — as defined by the mass of units shipped to retail outlets — the Gold Record was birthed on […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXVII

A new experimental hip-hop crew chooses to televise its revolution, James Vincent McMorrow finds comfort from the bottom of a swimming pool, De La Soul dedicate an entire website to an interactive joint and more, […]

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Listing: 5 Love-laden Lyrics from Bat for Lashes’ ‘The Bride’

Despite the title, Natasha Khan’s, a.k.a Bat for Lashes, fourth studio album The Bride is not a traditional love story. The album begins with a cryptic tragedy and the crux of the narrative, a soundtrack for a yet-to-be […]

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RIFF’d: Blink-182’s ‘California’

Tom DeLonge has left Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba has filled the vacancy. Are you pumped? Saddened? Intrigued? Well, Blink’s new DeLonge-less record California is still pretty boilerplate pop-punk, but the change is still exciting. […]

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Lyricapsule: Elvis Births Rock & Roll; July 5, 1954

A loaded statement in the history of rock, depending on what type of lineage tree your music heart follows, Elvis’ freewheelin’ wizardry of rockabilly and jump on Arthur Crudup‘s mid-40s blues staple “That’s All Right,” […]

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Lyricapsule: The Band Drops ‘Music From Big Pink’; July 1, 1968

How sacred the big pink house recording space in upstate New York was to the dudes then known as Bob Dylan‘s touring backing band, when they cemented themselves as THE Band, is irrelevant to the […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: The Grouch

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: Tim Buckley Dies; June 29, 1975

Jeff Buckley claimed to have only met his father once before the singer-songwriter predecessor passed from a heroin overdose in 1975 on this day a year out of the 27 Club. Be that as it […]

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