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Lyricapsule: Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Drops; September 10, 1991

Quietly mailed to radio stations two weeks prior, Nirvana‘s first single from landmark album Nevermind, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – or Pixies‘ rip-off as Kurt Cobain would later quip in interviews – hit Pacific Northwest ears on […]

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RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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Metal Fan Goes to Jail for Posting Lyrics on Facebook

At times it seems like we’re moving in endless circles like a ferris wheel caught in some twisted carnival, seemingly progressive one moment in that we can entertain ideas like space travel, but hopelessly doomed the next as our […]

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Kendrick Lamar Inspires University Course

It’s only been two years since Kendrick Lamar‘s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City dropped and already it’s been dubbed a classic, so much so that Professor Adam Diehl of Georgia Regents University is incorporating it into his curriculum. According […]

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Lyricapsule: Freddie Mercury is Born; September 5, 1946

Though he did get the hologram treatment 2012 on the 10th anniversary of London’s West End musical production of We Will Rock You, the late British howler Freddie Mercury is sadly still not among us, […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Rhymefest

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: Kelly Clarkson is Crowned the First ‘American Idol’; September 4, 2002

Just 20 on this day back in 2002, Kelly Clarkson‘s American Idol crowning could have been just another piece to put on the fading mantle of reality TV, in full ratings bloom at the time. […]

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RIFF’d: Young Jeezy’s ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

Despite being arrested on gun charges, Young Jeezy’s 7th studio album ,Seen it All: The Autobiography, is slated to be released as scheduled. It’s a situation with serious implications, so nothing to scoff at, but convenient in […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Guilty Simpson

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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ICYMI: Weird Al’s Wily TV Theme Song Parody at the Emmys

Hot off the late-blooming success of Mandatory Fun, Weird Al Yankovic’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts ever, the king of lyric kitsch took to adding sentiments to primetime television’s current all star lineup […]

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