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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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Rhyme nor Reason: Yung Lean

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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RIFF’d: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

Ty Segall‘s having his Bowie moment – complete with a new, messianic and androgynous look. Beyond the surface, he’s also combining the many musical hats he’s worn on previous records (like Bowie’s many eras), tapping […]

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O Canada: A Rework of a National Treasure

If you’re looking for a cause to stand behind you don’t have to go very far. A cursory glance at yesterday’s headlines will yield at least a dozen. They can be found around every corner. And then there’s […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Soul Position

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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RIFF’d: Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’

For years Wiz Khalifa has dubbed himself as this rap-rock star who does what he wants, when he wants and however he wants to do it. He’s a people’s champ for the young stoners out […]

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AZ Talks Current State of Rap: From About the Lyric, to About the Hustle

When AZ talks lyricists should pipe down and listen. Why? Because a gross ton of knowledge is about to fall from the sky. He came from an era of integrity honoring the pen, respecting the culture […]

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Outside Lands 2014: As Diverse as Its Hometown

Kacey Musgraves could not have been serenading a more appropriate city in San Francisco with her democratic single, “Follow Your Arrow,” from her CMA award-winning debut album, Same Trailer Different Park on Friday at this year’s 7th Outside […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cool Calm Pete

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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