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  • Ry Observations November 28, 2008

    Virtuosic guitarist and Buena Vista Social Club booster Ry Cooder talks about the oddball drag-racers at the heart of a project called "I, Flathead." Later: a look at rise of classica... (episode)


  • The American Psyche in Song November 27, 2008

    You don't have to be a country music buff to appreciate the genre's winding tales of drinking, cheating, death and God. Dana Jennings talks about his new book, "Sing Me Back Home: Lov... (episode)


  • Mondegreens November 26, 2008

    Mondegreens, or misheard lyrics, happen to us all. It just seems to be a natural byproduct of taking language and setting it to music. No matter how good a singer’s diction is, som... (article)

  • Mangled Lyrics That Won't Go Away November 26, 2008

    Three decades after this notoriously mangled song lyric become fodder for rock fans, Webster's Dictionary recently put a name to the phenomenon – mondegreens. Washington Post reporter... (episode)


  • Criticsourcing: SJ on Chinese Democracy November 25, 2008

    I’d give it 8/10. Every song is awesome except “Shackler’s Revenge” and “Catcher in the Rye.” “Shackler’s Revenge” has a bit too much of an industrial and nu-metal influence, and ... (article)

  • Criticsourcing: Nathan on Chinese Democracy November 25, 2008

    It was never going to be great. Just like Brian Wilson's "Smile", somewhere around the 5-10 year mark the potential for this album to actually deliver was done. When you spend that mu... (article)

  • Criticsourcing: Spliff on Chinese Democracy November 25, 2008

    It's not as terrible as I thought it would be. Axl sounds fantastic. "Better" is probably his best vocal work ever (even though it's heavily edited). "IRS" has very impressive fal... (article)

  • Criticsourcing: Robby on Chinese Democracy November 25, 2008

    It took him 15 years to make the album, but it sounds more like all the music that has come into popular play in the past 5 years or so. The production, the "wall of sound" that I al... (article)

  • Criticsourcing: Douglas on Chinese Democracy November 25, 2008

    Alright, it's been a long time. Everybody gets it, but that really has nothing to do with the album. If all everyone does is focus on that then what's the point really? A review is ab... (article)

  • At long last, "Chinese Democracy" arrives November 25, 2008

    How you respond to the long, long-awaited Guns N Roses album, “Chinese Democracy,” will probably depend on whether you were already a GNR fan. The band has always had a fairly wide f... (article)