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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Denizen Kane

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: RIP Ian Curtis; May 18, 1980

Post-punk poster boy Ian Curtis took his life on this day back in 1980, halting the momentum of Joy Division‘s first American tour, of which the band was set to embark on the following day. Curtis’ […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XX

Che Guevara rap-rock plugs, Indian Rock the Vote campaigns and Clapton J.J. Cale covers brought to life by a supercut of painters, and more, dot the 20th week of another journey through sound and vision […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Breakthroughs from James Blake’s ‘The Colour in Anything’

It’s always raining in James Blake‘s world, grey and cold. It projects anxiety, loneliness, longing and nostalgia, both cinematic and solemn. At times a bit much, so much so that for the past two albums his themes have […]

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RIFF’d: Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead’s never made a dud, but it’s still been tough for them to truly keep our attention since the groundbreaking Kid A. Over time, pairing the seriousness of Thom Yorke’s sarcastic social commentary and harsh, […]

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Lyricapsule: Battle of the Sexes; May 13, 1973

The first of three chest-puffing tennis matches that became one of the main veins leading to the heart of second-wave feminism began on this day in 1973, coincidentally on Mother’s Day. Dubbed the Battle of […]

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RIFF’D: Homeboy Sandman’s ‘Kindness For Weakness’

Homeboy Sandman is someone you want to root for. He’s got a great work ethic, he’s not afraid of the big stage, and he has a pedigree that any hip-hop fan can appreciate. Add a […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Luniz

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: Marley is Taken From Us; May 11, 1981

Cancer took Bob Marley from the world on this day back in 1981. The reggae legend was 36-years-young. As with most of Marley’s tunes, their pliability was what made them classics, rife with religious plugs, but presented […]

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Lyricapsule: John Wayne Gacy, Jr. is Executed; May 10, 1994

We made a mention of the day police moved in on John Wayne Gacy Jr.’s horror house back in December. But today marks the day that Illinois decided to execute the notorious serial killer back in […]

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