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  • 10 years ago

    Grassroots or viral marketing campaigns are nothing new, but over the past 18 months record labels and PR firms have taken more interest in them. The campaigns even have a new, less disease-oriented name: "new media marketing." As for why the indu...

  • 10 years ago

    For context: Dancey punks Liars, from whom Brooklyn's No Things derive, predicted their own transformation into expat piss-stain skronks on the Magical EP. "Do something magical and disappear," Angus Andrews whispered, and seconds later, he axed b...

  • 10 years ago

    If Chuck D's right—that rap is the CNN of the streets—then goddamn did the opening rap crews bring the news: Bush planned 9-11. Josephus ghostwrote the Bible. That eye over the temple on the dollar bill—yes, says Immortal Technique,...

  • 10 years ago

    If you told me a year ago I'd be standing outside a hundred deep in line to see Dr. fucking Dog . . . it's just that nothing makes sense. The band's from Philly, for one, not the U.K., and their sort of nasally lo-fi bumpkin-pop doesn't sound anyt...

  • 10 years ago

    Falling somewhere between Harry Potter's huffy, kid-eating trolls and your local apothecary's tricked-out collector doll trolls, Finland's Finntroll smoked and snarled and Cookie Monstered per the black-metal stereotype—then, polka time! "Hum...

  • 10 years ago

    "So much white it'll hurt your eyes," brags the Atlanta coke rapper Young Jeezy. This is either a lie or a revelation. Back in the day, the crystalline tropane alkaloid called cocaine was used as a topical anesthetic in ocular surgery. Maybe it hu...

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