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Lyricapsule: Indiana Governor Bans The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’; February 1, 1965

Following a speculative complaint from an Indiana teenager, the governor of the state, Matthew Welsh, sent a message to the Indiana Broadcasters Association ambiguously mentioning that the public would basically be better off if The […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume IV

The legacy of Sam Cooke‘s “A Change is Gonna Come” continues, Mike Huckabee gives us yet another example of how distasteful republicans can be with popular song, José González raises the bar on full-album lyric video mosaics […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Tha Alkaholiks

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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RIFF’d: Savages’ ‘Adore Life’

The title of Savages’ Adore Life is almost a disclaimer, or a preemptive self-explanation. Lyricist Jehnny Beth is fascinated, if not obsessed, with the power and drawbacks of love, and she’s in love with life […]

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Lyricapsule: John Lennon Cuts ‘Instant Karma’ in a Day; January 27, 1970

“Instant Karma!” the name of the tune John Lennon famously packaged in a day, telling press, “I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we’re putting it out for dinner,” was cut on this day […]

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Complex’s ‘Best Rapper Alive Since 1979’ Crowned Only One Female

At the start of 2016, Complex Magazine recently published an article ranking the greatest rappers alive from every year since 1979. Along with some stellar graphics each rapper for the corresponding year has a brief […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Leaps from Adrian Younge’s ‘Something About April II’

Adrian Younge is one of the most well respected producers in the underground soul scene; he’s worked with marquee names like Ghostface Killah, Souls of Mischief and the Delfonics. His biggest challenge, however, has not been popularity. […]

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Fred Trump was Woody Guthrie’s Landlord, And of Course He Wrote a Song About it

In a nice little bit of historical serendipity, it turns out that folk music godfather Woody Guthrie was a tenant under Donald Trump’s dear old dad. That’s right, the man whose eternal classic might as well be […]

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Lyricapsule: KMFDM Disband (Sort of); January 22, 1999

German hyperbolists KMFDM don’t get enough cred for incubating some of the industrial rock Nine Inch Nails and Ministry blew up with in the late 90s and early 2000s. It helped that ringleader and lyricist […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Pseudo Slang

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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