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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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RIFF’d: The Avett Brothers’ ‘True Sadness’

For The Avett Brothers ninth record, they again enlisted the polarizing but eclectic super producer Rick Rubin. They stick to fairly straightforward subject matter, from spirituals to breakups, coming to grips with death to boozy […]

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Mike Huckabee Owes Survivor $25k for ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Use at Kim Davis Rally

Dozens of high profile, mostly republican politicians have used pop classics on the campaign trail without the composer’s consent. Usually, it’s a jingoistic warmonger obliviously using a track that denounces ‘Murican violence. I.e. most recently, […]

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Lyricapsule: Louis Armstrong Records ‘West End Blues’; June 28, 1928

Regarded as the heralding in of a new generation of artistic jazz, Louis Armstrong walked into a Chicago studio on this day in 1928 and took mentor Joe “King” Oliver’s Nawlins parlour/picnic plunker “West End […]

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Lyricapsule: No More Kicks on Route 66; June 27, 1985

Sort of. Though a tone of sadness rings through this day, as it marks the United States Highway System’s 1985 decision to remove the iconic Route 66 from its highway network, we’ll forever have Nat […]

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Lyricapsule: Jefferson Airplane Drop ‘White Rabbit’; June 24, 1967

One of the first hippie anthems to sneak past radio censors on the sly, Grace Slick’s masterful psychedelic homage to both Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and the brighter side of hallucinogens, dropped on this day in 1967. […]

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Tom DeLonge’s Been Alien-Crazy Long Before Quitting Blink to Study Them

Blink-182 swapped guitarists recently in the most immature, dramatic fashion possible, Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba filling in for the forever face of the band, Tom DeLonge, who is citing he’d rather investigate aliens. Blink is […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Offwhyte

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: The Miracles drop ‘Tracks of My Tears’; June 23, 1965

America had just put its first group of troops on Vietnam ground and another Ranger lunar probe proved that the moon isn’t made of cheese, but heartache is timeless, especially when Smokey Robinson’s on the […]

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The Notorious B.A.R.N.E.Y.

Not all mashups are created equal. Some aren’t worth a red cent while others are worth pouring over. Adam Schleichkorn has apparently done his homework because he’s been dishing out audio visual dimes for years. Schleichkorn’s […]

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