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Eight Mile Road Was The Dividing Line: Insane Clown Posse, Album by Album
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Eight Mile Road Was The Dividing Line: Insane Clown Posse, Album by Album

The mid-90s were a time when kids in Michigan needed someone to look up to, too: the closure of the GE plant in Flint started a ripple effect of poverty across the state. Detroit itself had long since stopped booming, the industrial districts largely abandoned and left to rot. In the suburbs, places like Zug Island were mythical destinations you didn’t quite believe were real. Detroit was a distant continent one only visited for brief glimpses of culture. Eight Mile Road was the dividing line.

Krista’s Studio Diaries: Volume 2
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Krista’s Studio Diaries: Volume 2

After several years in the musician closet, singer/songwriter/bedroom producer Krista is finally putting together her debut album SWIM. Since Krista loves writing about herself almost as much as she loves writing music, we asked her to document her process while simultaneously trying to stay afloat as a 21-year-old alone in the concrete jungle. This is the…

Ten Glimmers Of Hope To Send Off A Dark Year
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Ten Glimmers Of Hope To Send Off A Dark Year

2016 sucked in a lot of ways for a lot of people. Not the smallest of ways was the closure of Other Music, and a good handful of New York’s most beloved music venues, including the sudden death of Palisades. In the darkest times, though, the brightest of lights shine through. Here are ten glimmers of hope, to send off a dark year.

Let This Be Your Safe Space: Reflecting On Oakland, Orlando, and Where to Exist Now
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Let This Be Your Safe Space: Reflecting On Oakland, Orlando, and Where to Exist Now

In light of Orlando, in light of Oakland, it can be scary to believe in the sacred safe space. It exists. And if for a while, not in a way that you can put your body in, it can manifest in your mind. Don’t abandon the safe space. Just move it. Change it. The safe space is important. The safe space remains important, even if you feel like it doesn’t to anyone else. Even if you feel like the holy ground has been snatched from under your feet too many times.

Johnny Rogan’s Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance
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Johnny Rogan’s Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance

There has always been one book on the Smiths that has been revered above all others, and that was Johnny Rogan’s early 1990s book Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance. I first bought a copy of this book in the late 1990s and devoured the information contained therein. In particular, it offered a nice background into the upbringing and pre-Smiths years of the four band members, especially the mysterious and aloof Morrissey. It was also the book that prompted Morrissey himself to wish death upon author Johnny Rogan without having even read the book, famously saying in the pages of the musical papers: “Personally I hope Johnny Rogan ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up.”

It’s All Downhill From Here: Seven Secular Holiday Albums
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It’s All Downhill From Here: Seven Secular Holiday Albums

You’ve got to go see your family sometimes. You’re not a monster. Even if you’re a monster, you’ve got other monsters you need to go see, once a year or so. Chances are, in a year like 2016, those other monsters are just as scared of you as you are of them. And, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’ll almost certainly have December 25th off from work, so you might as well end the year with the family.

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