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Jonah Flicker

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  • The Freed Pig

    Not long after being unceremoniously kicked out of Dinosaur (later Dinosaur Jr.), Lou Barlow decided to fully channel his creative energy into his lo-fi project Sebadoh. "The Freed Pig" opens Sebadoh's 1991 album, III, and finds Barlow opening up about his relationship with Dinosaur's J. Mascis with lines like, "You were right, I was battling […]

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  • Tunic (Song for Karen)

    "Tunic (Song for Karen)" was Sonic Youth's tribute to and elegy for Karen Carpenter, who died from complications related to anorexia. Kim Gordon sang on the track, which described the Carpenters lead singer as saying goodbye to Hollywood, and hello to other dead rock stars like Elvis and Janis Joplin. Thurston Moore wasn't a fan […]

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  • Bonkers

    The British rapper's collaboration with the Boston-born electronic producer was a big hit, reaching Number One in the U.K. Van Helden saw the song's success more as a fluke than anything else, commenting, "All of my songs that have been Number One or crossed over to pop were unintentional … 'Bonkers' was a quirk." Still, […]

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  • Rump Shaker

    Wreckx-N-Effect are best known for this paean to the posterior, which features the classic refrain "All I want to do/Is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom in a boom-boom." Rumors have floated around that a young, pre-Neptunes Pharrell Williams actually produced the song, but actual producer Ty Fyffe laid that to rest. "Me and [Teddy Riley] are the only producers […]

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  • …And the World Laughs With You

    Flying Lotus told Rolling Stone that he had a dream about collaborating with his "astral brother," Thom Yorke. This vision came true when the Radiohead frontman sang on the glitchy electronic beat producer's "…And The World Laughs With You." The dream in question involved Lotus witnessing a murder before deciding he needed a beer. "I […]

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  • Danger! High Voltage

    Detroit’s Electric Six scored their first big hit with the humorous single "Danger! High Voltage," a mix of funk, disco and garage rock featuring dueling vocals from Dick Valentine and Jack White, who appears as an unbilled guest. "Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell!" snarls Valentine over a barrage of electric guitars, […]

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  • The Past Is a Grotesque Animal

    During the recording of Of Montreal’s eighth album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, Kevin Barnes was going through a difficult time. "On a creative level, my life was going great," the songwriter told Rolling Stone, "but on a personal level, it was totally falling apart." Epic 12-minute track "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" […]

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  • Over

    “Over” was the lead single from Drake’s debut album, the platinum-certified Thank Me Later. The song, built upon a swelling sample of swirling guitars and strings, found the Canadian teen actor turned hip-hop star rapping about how dramatically success has changed his life, along with the pressures and temptations of fame, including women and partying […]

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  • The Heart Gently Weeps

    On the 2007 Wu-Tang Clan album 8 Diagrams, group leader and producer RZA decided to go for something a little bit different. “The whole trick is, 'Will you be satisfied with the unexpected?'" he told Rolling Stone. In this case, that meant using the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as the basis for a […]

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  • I’m Excited

    DJ Shadow puts a lot of thought into his albums, and the process was no different for the Bay Area beatmaker's 2011 release The Less You Know, The Better. The track "I'm Excited," which features U.K. rapper Afrikan Boy as a guest vocalist, was one of the last Shadow wrote, and he considers it to […]

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