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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Nolan the Ninja

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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Killer Mike Raps About the ‘Broken’ Prison System on ‘South Park’

An elderly man sits with his hummels in a nursing home in the latest episode of ‘South Park’, in which Killer Mike can be hear rapping over; Photo: ‘South Park’/Comedy Central Like many celebrities before him, […]

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Lyricapsule: Norwegian A-Ha Conquers American Charts; October 19, 1985

Though remembered more for its genius live-action-meets-pencil sketch MTV treatment via animator Michael Patterson and director Steve Barron, that took some odd 16 weeks to complete — see below — this synth-pop gem from A-Ha, […]

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Nick Jonas Changes Lyrics to ‘Lovebug’ in Response to Fan

Nick Jonas in the video series, ‘Dear Nick Jonas’; Photo: YouTube In a video series called “Dear Nick Jonas,” where Nick Jonas answers fan questions, he changes the lyrics to The Jonas Brothers‘ song “Lovebug” […]

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Destroyer’s Dan Bejar Recently Wrote Songs He Would’ve ‘Shirked Away From’ Five Years Ago

Dan Bejar of Destroyer; Photo: Facebook In a recent interview with SPIN, Dan Bejar revealed some hindsight lyric thought on Destroyer‘s latest album, ken, saying he would’ve “shirked away from” some of the songwriting on the album. He […]

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RIFF’d: Beck’s ‘Colors’

For his thirteenth studio album Colors, Beck leaves the abstractions behind to convey in plain English the seismic growth he’s experienced over the past two years. It’s an older, wiser Beck who is approaching life […]

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Sia Created ‘New Christmas Stories’ for New LP, ‘Everyday is Christmas’

The cover for Sia’s new Christmas album, “Everyday is Christmas’; Photo: Billboard Even though it should be illegal to be talking about Christmas in October, Sia has announced her upcoming album, Everyday is Christmas, which is […]

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GZA Gives Lecture Promoting Hip-Hop Music and Science

GZA at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Photo: Phil McKenzie/CU Independent Wu-Tang alum, the GZA recently gave a lecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, examining the relationship between hip-hop music and science. The 51-year-old […]

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Logic Taps Latin Singer Juanes for Bilingual Version of ‘1-800-273-8255’

The cover art for Logic & Juanes’ ‘1-800-273-8255’; Photo: YouTube Rapper Logic tapped Latin singer Juanes for a bilingual version of his suicide prevention song, “1-800-273-8255.” Just as Luis Fonsi reached across from the other side […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Akrobatik

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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