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Lyricapsule: The Surfaris Drop ‘Wipe Out’; June 22, 1963

Immortalized by high-school marching bands following its release on this day in 1963, wave-chaser of a bass-drum and jangly guitar chase “Wipe Out” by Cali beach-bums, The Surfaris, was one of those rare cheeky cult […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Tyga

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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STREETSIDE: METZ Shred Seattle’s Barboza; June 17, 2016

Ever since Metz released II and we RIFF’d it here, I’ve been a huge fan and made no secret of it. They’re also relatively big with the rest of Seattle, which is unsurprising as the band […]

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RIFF’d: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’

Through 10 albums, 30 years, and the process of losing John Frusciante twice, RHCP has gradually morphed from at least semi-dangerous, sex-funk rap-rockers that borrowed plentifully from Faith no More to a Californicated punchline. Even Stadium Arcadium apologists […]

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Lyricapsule: David Bowie Connects Major Tom to Ground Control; June 20, 1969

Opposite Hunky Dory‘s “Life on Mars?” two years later, David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity,” recorded on this day in 1969, appointed the late ever-morphing rocker as the new king of psych-folk, four years before The Dark […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: 2Mex

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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‘O Canada’ May Go Gender-Neutral

A veteran member of the Canadian parliament recently diagnosed with ALS, Mauril Bélanger, is making it a chief crusade of his to get Canada’s National Anthem, “O Canada,” to read more gender-neutral. Titled, “An Act to Amend […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana Drop ‘Bleach’; June 15, 1989

Most of Bleach, Nirvana‘s major label deflowering, dropped on this day in 1989, was crunchy grunge fodder dressed up that way because there was this movement called grunge, and Sub Pop put on the pressure […]

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Listing: 5 Paper Thin Lyrics from Peter, Bjorn and John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter, Bjorn and John‘s seventh studio album Breakin’ Point is the band’s attempt at breaking free of musical redundancies still left over from the whistle era. It’s their first project in five years and the prevailing thought […]

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Lyricapsule: Derek and the Dominos’ First Gig; June 14, 1970

Spurned from dissipating energy from Cream and Blind Faith, Eric Clapton was quietly entering his masterpiece phase. And by quietly we mean strung out on smack, blow and the unrequited love for his best friend’s […]

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