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The Legacy of MF DOOM Through His Samples

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King Gheedorah. The Supervillain. Viktor Vaughn. Metal Fingers. Daniel Dumile went by many names, but the biggest was MF DOOM (don’t forget the all-caps) and his secret identity has been hidden by an iconic metal mask since the late-1990s. While MF DOOM never quite slipped into the mainstream during his nearly three-decade-long career, he is […]

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Al Green’s Most Popular Albums by the Numbers

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Although all of the numbers in the Discogs Database can’t verify this claim, “Let’s Stay Together” is probably the No. 1 song from Al Green in most people’s hearts — it was, after all, his only No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single. This soul hit can also be found in Discogs’ No. 1 most-wanted Al […]

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10 Albums That Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Questlove

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On the cusp of the new millennium, at Electric Lady Studios, three of the brightest lights in modern R&B made their masterpieces simultaneously. D’Angelo conjured Voodoo in Studio A. In Studio B, Common concocted Like Water for Chocolate. Erykah Badu polished up Mama’s Gun in Studio C. The common thread between these three artists? They […]

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What Do We Overlook About Dave Brubeck on His 100th Birthday? Authors, Musicians, and Family Members Reflect

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Dave Brubeck nearly broke down in tears in front of Ken Burns. While discussing racism on camera for Burns’ 2001 series Jazz at his Wilton, Connecticut, home, he swerved into a childhood memory about his father taking him to meet a Black cowboy by the Sacramento River. The cowboy opened his shirt to reveal a […]

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What Makes Eric Clapton Such a Legendary Guitar Player?

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Editor’s note: Musicians have been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially those that support their careers with live performances. We’re looking forward to catching concerts again in the future, but until then, we encourage music fans everywhere to be safe and follow your health officials’ recommendations. The musicians that leave the greatest impact on […]

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7 Reasons to Celebrate 7 Decades of Tina Weymouth

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In my sixth grade class, we had a discipline system. It was the classic “three strikes.” What this meant for a bunch of pre-teens was that we had two chances to be loud or unruly before getting “struck” out. Our reward for not crossing into this danger zone? Being allowed to choose as a group […]

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The Most-Collected Albums Featuring Hans Zimmer

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Has there ever been a rock star of the film score world like Hans Zimmer? The German composer and producer crafted some of the most beloved soundtracks in Hollywood history. He’s got four Grammys, an Oscar (and 10 other nominations), a Stephen Hawking Medal, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Board of Review. […]

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10 of the Best Deep Cuts by The Eagles

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There are dozens of quotable lines in The Big Lebowski but none get quoted with the same sense of manic glee as The Dude’s take on the Eagles, or Eagles if you’re into the whole brevity thing. “I hate the fuckin’ Eagles, man,” The Dude dramatically complains to a taxi driver seconds before he’s thrown […]

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How Birmingham Shaped Black Sabbath and Heavy Metal

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Right from the outset, Birmingham, England’s own Black Sabbath proved themselves to be a very special musical entity. While various groups had started laying down the foundations for hard rock and metal on both sides of the Atlantic, Sabbath are considered to be the first true heavy metal band, and their self-titled debut from 1970 […]

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100 Reasons We Love Yusef Lateef for His 100th Birthday

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Early in college, the alto saxophonist Darius Jones checked out a VHS of Cannonball Adderley from the library. As he watched the European concert, one of Adderley’s sidemen struck him as peculiar. “He was standing next to this other guy who looked like a professor or something,” Jones tells Discogs. “I had never seen a […]

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