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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Lord Finesse

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: Mickey Mantle’s Jersey Gets Retired; June 8, 1969

Mickey “Muscles” Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter to cross the mound retired in 1968 after a 17-year stretch in the MLB. In 1969 on this June day, the New York Yankees gave the same honor to […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Grease’ Hits Broadway; June 7, 1972

A year after debuting in a Chicago blues club, the iconic post-war musical Grease orchestrated its way onto Broadway on this day in 1972. Much of the gritty, midwestern drama and sass was torqued along […]

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Listing: 5 Addictive Lyrics from The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’

The Kills’ latest record Ash & Ice is a somewhat hit-or-miss affair of stripped down, electro-blues post-punk. That said, the lyrical approach is consistent: love, lust, and all other interpersonal compulsions are told through addiction […]

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Lyricapsule: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’; June 6, 2002

There’s an old literary weapon called the “Iceberg Theory” in which an artist cuts out bits of what the story is more deeply about, leaving all the fun and imagination up to the receiver of […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXII

Beck finds his own way to YOLO, the Strokes ‘thank the internet’, that farting corpse movie with Elijah Wood gets an equally absurd music video that will shockingly warm your heart and more, in the […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘The Gig That Changed the World’; June 4, 1976

A year and a half before they could even cut an album — what would be their only album — in one of the quickest yet influential burnouts in music history, the Sex Pistols assembled at the […]

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Brooklyn Gang-Affiliated Rap Crew Expose Their Own Credit Card Fraud Ring

In yet another unfortunate case of art imitating life, a group of young rappers from New York who go by the moniker Pop Out Boyz were arrested back in April after posting a song where they […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Ang 13

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: John & Yoko Sing ‘Give Peace a Chance’; June 1, 1969

“This is an alternative to violence: stay in bed and grow your hair.” One of the many perfectly momentous quotes from John Lennon, sitting beside Yoko Ono during their infamous non-violent protest on this day […]

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