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Deep Cuts: Michel Gondry music videos

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the music video was being redefined. A series of visionary directors were beginning to imagine the music video as more that just a means of promotion, but as an opportunity for artistic expression in itself. Last week, the Tribune took a look at some of Spike Jonze’s best… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Under the Sun

What A Buzz Artist: Olly Murs Album: Right Place Right Time Released: November 26, 2012 All about a nervous first date, “What A Buzz” boasts simple lyrics, an incredibly catchy chorus, and goofy vocals. “Got ketchup on my trousers and my cheeks are going red […] What a beautiful buzz with the girl I might… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Dark Undertones

Chainsaw  Artist: Ramones Album: Ramones Released: February 4, 1976 This song begins with a chainsaw. Jonny Ramone’s heavily distorted, relentless guitar keeps up that chainsaw sound throughout—power chords, power chords, and more power chords—and Joey Ramone’s doo-wop, ooooh-oh-oh vocals don’t even try to disguise the fact that the song is about a gruesome chainsaw murder,… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Songs for my future wedding

God Only Knows Artist: Beach Boys Album: Pet Sounds Released: May 16, 1966 This wonderful, harmonically complex, feel-good track is not always rightfully recognized as one of the greatest tracks of the 1960s. According to the songwriters, it is a story told from the point of view of a man contemplating life after death and… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Mellow and meditative

Weightless Artist: Marconi Union  Album: Single Released: October 16, 2011   In 2011, with the help of professional sound therapists, the British artist Marconi Union purposely crafted the most relaxing song of all time. The eight-minute ambient track is a conglomerate of perfectly calculated harmonic intervals, designed to induce a calming euphoria. The continuous pulsing… Keep Reading

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Deep cuts – The 10-minute club

“Street Hassle” Length: 11:00 Artist: Lou Reed Album: Street Hassle Released: February, 1978 “Street Hassle” is without a doubt the standout track on the album that bears its name, and perhaps one of Lou Reed’s best, period. It is split into three distinct parts that tell three different stories. The first is about a woman… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Time Warp

My Same Artist: Adele Album: 19 Released: January 28, 2008 Adele has made a name for herself with her soulful and powerful voice, bringing new beauty to pop ballads. In “My Same” Adele’s vocal muscles were not flexed as far as on other tracks, but the cool vintage piece highlights her distinct, old–fashioned voice. Adele… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Turning Points

He’s Gonna Step On You Again (aka Step On) Artist: John Kongos Album: He’s Gonna Step On You Again Released: 1971 Sampling is such a staple of modern music that it has become almost an overused nuance—unless, of course, you’re Kanye West. While the origins of sampling are blurry, largely because of the intensive legal… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Shoegazey gems—Diamonds on the soles of your shoes

40 Days Artist: Slowdive Album: Souvlaki Released: May 17, 1993 Maybe Brian Eno’s production has something to do with it, but this song is almost too joyful to be classified as shoegaze. Verging on dream pop, the track opens with loud and pulsing synthesizers, while a quick tempo will have you nodding along with lyrics… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Songs that Give you the Creeps

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Artist: Nancy Sinatra Album: How Does That Grab You? Released: January 1, 1966      Originally written by Sonny Bono and recorded by Cher, this song has been covered by a number of great artists since then, but no version is quite so captivating—and unsettling—as Nancy Sinatra’s. Her… Keep Reading

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