• Space-age rapping



    Also in honor of Sputnik, the best lyric of the year: “Driving herself crazy/ like that astronaut lady“, from the Common/Lily Allen collaboration, “Drivin’ Me Wild” (deconstructed by the Guardian here).

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  • New York state of music


    “We single-handedly lowered the standards of an entire industry” — David Johannsen of the New York Dolls, in “Once Upon a Time in New York” on BBC4 During the 1970s, while New York City was in economic and cultural meltdown, the disaffected and disenfranchised minorities of the city spawned punk, disco and hip-hop. Within a…

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