Flipp's Brynn Arens on Volume's 10th anniversary

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Flipp's Brynn Arens

This week marks 10 years since the national release of Minneapolis rock heroes Flipp's Volume. Known for their incredible promotional stunts, the band celebrated the release by playing full concerts in three lucky fans' garages in one day. I happened to be one of those lucky fans. Ten years later, I had the chance to sit down with the band's frontman Brynn Arens (who now plays in the OddFathers) for a look back at Flipp, Volume and their wild rock and roll rollercoaster.

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Led Zeppelin IV turns 40-years-old today

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​Dust off your vinyl copies of Led Zeppelin IV and crank up "Stairway To Heaven," for the most commercially successful album in Zep's storied history turns 40-years-old today. The album, which never technically received a title from the band (hence all the various fan generated titles for the album -- the Four Symbols logo, Four Symbols, ZoSo, etc...), is the third highest selling record in U.S. music history, selling well-over 20 million copies in the States alone, despite the fact that the band name was deliberately left off the album cover.

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Joni Mitchell turns 68 today, let's celebrate with some covers

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The incomparable Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell turns 68 today. And while her own stirring music certainly stands proudly on its own, some of the most famous recordings of her songs have been done by other musicians. The list of artists who have covered Mitchell's songs over the years is a long and curious one (Leonard Nimoy, Jim Nabors, and Robert Downey, Jr.), but there are indeed some great covers of Joni's songs to be found out there. And for her 68th birthday, we've collected a few of the best in celebration of her impressive, inspiring career. Happy birthday, Joni!



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Miles Davis began recording Bitches Brew on this date in 1969, and changed modern music forever

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With the dust of the just-completed Woodstock festival still settling, Miles Davis was on his own idiosyncratic trip on this date in 1969, as he settled into Columbia Records' 30th Street Studio in Manhattan to begin the three-day recording sessions that would produce his groundbreaking jazz-rock record, Bitches Brew. The album features a stellar cast of musicians who came to the studio with little knowledge of what they were getting into or what songs they were going to play. Davis thrived on playing in the moment, giving very little direction to the players or demands for what directions he wanted the songs to go, while also knowing exactly what type of style and sound he was searching for. More »

Dr. Dre: An abridged history in honor of Dre Day

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​Dre Day, our annual bluntsmoked, brass monkeyed, and ingeniously tended get-down in honor of the one and only, was started by the local design firm Burlesque of North America nine years ago Saturday, when those multi-disciplinarians were banded around Life Sucks Die Magazine. And for all the ridiculousness, rumors, and low profiling, Dre still deserves it.

So in honor of the day and the man, we've put together a look back at why anyone gives a shit.

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10 best Beavis and Butthead moments

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Yesterday the news leaped forth from the Internet that everyone's favorite (hopefully not only in retrospect) latchkey simpletons Beavis and Butthead are returning to MTV sometime later this year, part of a top-to-bottom restructuring of MTV's corporate posture. 

While the news wasn't entirely new -- their return has been rumored since last summer -- it does leave us a bit of room to reminisce, doesn't it? 

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Snoop Dogg: Master of time and history

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Snoop Dogg is many things: actor, coach, writer, husband, father, seminal West Coast rapper, time-traveler, and history alterer. 

Here now, a small sampling of his exploits through the ages.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A musical tribute

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Now, Therefore, I, George Bush, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Monday, January 20, 1992, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.

Twenty-four years after his assassination on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored with a national holiday (except for a few reluctant states including New Hampshire, which took another seven years to officially jump on board), the only federal holiday to honor an African-American. 

Here then, a humble musical tribute to Dr. King.

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MC/VL's final show, album announced

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Ill-getting spaz-rap duo MC/VL have been noticeably absent from our radars for a spell, presumably working on new songs and perfecting the art of tandem beer wasting. At least half of that is right, as they have announced they are releasing a new record on January 8 with a show at the Turf Club. Sadly, it's to be their last. 


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Auto-Tune: A look back at it's history

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​Everyone's sick of hearing about Auto-Tune - it's used on what sounds like every (pop) song these days. It's an exasperating practice that, similar to lip-syncing, is profoundly transparent and affectively hollow and so cliché it's both expected and distracting.

As it turns out, we have several geniuses to thank and blame for the privilege.

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