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RIFF’D: J Dilla’s ‘The Diary’

J-Dilla‘s posthumous album The Diary is not what you think; it’s not a long lost beat tape and it’s not a traditional full length. It’s a collection of songs that he had intended to release […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Lords of the Underground

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 […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan & Cash Duet on ‘Girl From the North Country’; May 1, 1969

Kicking off its 58-episode run, The Johnny Cash Show taped its first performances on this day in 1969, featuring Joni Mitchell, Doug Kershaw and Bob Dylan, the latter of which joining the “Man in Black” on […]

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Lyricapsule: LA Riots Inspire Myriad Songs; April 29, 1992

It seems like an afterthought compared to the ugliness that’s happened in the past couple of years over a bevy of #BlackLivesMatter cases cracking wide open the divide between white cops and black citizens, but when all […]

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Lyricapsule: Ella Fitzgerald is Born; April 25, 1917

The “First Lady of Song,” jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, would have been 99 today. And though she wasn’t immediately known for her songwriting credits, especially lyrics, often spinning her vocal magic on compositions written for her, […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Drop ‘Woman is the Nigger of the World’; April 24, 1972

The first single, “Woman is the Nigger of the World,” from John Lennon‘s third solo album, Sometime in New York City, was released on this day in 1972, arguably just as controversial a title as it […]

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Lyricapsule: The Troggs Drop ‘Wild Thing’; April 22, 1966

Trumping The Kingsmen‘s FBI-monitiered garage-rock swagger a year earlier, a working-class British crew called The Troggs just learning to play their instruments took Chip Taylor‘s girl-across-the-room chug-a-lug eye-winker, “Wild Thing,” and did things to it punk […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘Waldos’ Birth 420 Stoner Lore; April 20, 1971

If the teenage “Waldos” burnouts from San Rafeal, California in 1971 knew that their code time to meet-and-search for an abandoned pot crop would become stoner celebratory law whenever 420 sequentially came together in this waking world […]

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Lyricapsule: Patti Smith Drops ‘Because the Night’; April 19, 1978

Dropped on this day in 1978, post-punkette icon Patti Smith saw a huge awareness spike in the art she was creating with the release of “Because the Night.” Considering a retirement from the performance end […]

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Lyricapsule: Pixies Drop ‘Doolittle’; April 18, 1989

One of the core albums responsible for ushering in an era of frenetic indie rock millennials are still pissed off they weren’t born a few years earlier for, Kurt Cobain‘s loud-quiet idols, the Pixies, dropped Doolittle on […]

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