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DYRT90s // Foo Fighters: Big Me

DYRT90s // Foo Fighters: Big Me

Even those, such as myself, who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves Foo Fighter fanatics would have a hard time arguing that Dave Grohl is one of the true modern day G-ds of Rock and Roll.  He’s kicked assholes out of his concerts from the stage, insisted on recording 2011′s Wasting Light in a garage on analog tape, […]

DYRT90s // Better Than Ezra: Good

DYRT90s // Better Than Ezra: Good

As a young teenager growing up in the greater suburbs of Chicago, my knowledge of Better Than Ezra’s catalog started and ended with their 1993 breakthrough Deluxe, which didn’t come to my attention until Elektra re-released the album in 1995 and it quickly went platinum on the strength of #1 Modern Rock single “Good”.  But […]

Barryfest v. Wikipedia // Rotary Downs

Barryfest v. Wikipedia // Rotary Downs

When taking on the arduous task of editing Wikipedia, one is faced with a draconian and arbitrary editorial process, hyper-specific technological codes and an altogether baffling insider culture.  If you haven’t done  your research, learned how to tailor citations to meet certain ambiguous yet rigid criteria or developed a neutral voice, you might as well […]

Exploring Empire Records // Stomach Pump

Exploring Empire Records // Stomach Pump

I’ve always wondered why Empire Records, a film that both impliedly embodied the climate of underground rock music in the 1990s and appeared during one of the lower morale points in modern music, found most of its charm in flighty humor and outright silliness. Though the ”Grunge Explosion” of the decade’s first half had already begun to […]

DYRT90s? // Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

DYRT90s? // Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Almost 13 years after calling it quits following a worldwide tour in support of their fifth studio album, Down On The Upside, Soundgarden announced on New Year’s Day, 2010 they were reuniting and hitting the festival circuit (including a stop at our own Voodoo Music Experience later this month).  It was welcome news, not only […]

Barryfest v. Wikipedia // Kindest Lines

Barryfest v. Wikipedia // Kindest Lines

When taking on the arduous task of editing Wikipedia, the largest web-based encyclopedia, one is faced with a draconian and arbitrary editorial process, hyper-specific technological codes and an altogether baffling insider culture.  If you haven’t done  your research, learned how to tailor citations to meet certain ambiguous yet rigid criteria or developed a neutral voice, […]

SDIP // FM (No Static At All)

SDIP // FM (No Static At All)

The Steely Dan Infographic Project, in which we create a chart, diagram, graph or other visual aid inspired by each and every Steely Dan song. This edition: “FM” from FM, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  

DYRT90s? // Beck: Where It’s At

DYRT90s? // Beck: Where It’s At

No matter how often I requested it, the DJ that worked my middle school dances refused to play this song, citing its alleged offensive content.  I could certainly tell the song was “weird”, with the spoken word passages and an accompanying music video full of what I later found out to be homages to William […]

Exploring “Empire Records” // XTC

Exploring “Empire Records” // XTC

For a split second in Empire Records, a philosophical Lucas can be seen contemplating his perverse victories of the day: he’s lost $9,000 of the store’s money, he’s ensured that he and his boss will get fired, and his actions will force the other employees to hatch a plan to prevent the store’s inevitable future […]

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