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  • Top five songs about killing your television
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    Top five songs about killing your television

    published Sep 26, 2012

    We're only a decade or two removed, at most, from the retirement of the phrase "fall television season." It's a misnomer, an anachronism, as if television totally disappears from the face of the Earth... More >>

  • 7 defiant back to school songs
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    7 defiant back to school songs

    published Sep 04, 2012

    Even for those of us who are long past our days of cracking books and praying our way through quizzes, there are days where life seems to consist of nothing but school -- twisted hierarchical aspects,... More >>

  • Nine unheralded work songs for Labor Day
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    Nine unheralded work songs for Labor Day

    published Sep 03, 2012

    As a holiday, Labor Day is rife with contradictions: one works all year to receive a single lousy holiday -- just one fucking day -- celebrating the worker, but that day falls at a spot on t... More >>

  • Mariah Carey's Triumphant sums up the 2012 post-Olympics hangover
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    Mariah Carey's "Triumphant" sums up the 2012 post-Olympics hangover

    published Aug 13, 2012

    Like Christmas, if expectations are set too high for any event or experience, disappointment is pretty much inevitable. Wait long enough for something to arrive, and when that something is over, the a... More >>

  • Noise musician Peter J. Woods on new album <em>Fear</em>, Joe Smith, and Minneapolis bro-downs
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    Noise musician Peter J. Woods on new album Fear, Joe Smith, and Minneapolis bro-downs

    published Aug 10, 2012

    Count Milwaukee's Peter J. Woods among the uncompromising innovators who keep modern noise music thrilling. Initially as Raperies (Not Draperies) -- and later, solo -- and in collaboration with outfit... More >>

  • Killer Mike on being unhappy with Obama, and a zombie apocalypse
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    Killer Mike on being unhappy with Obama, and a zombie apocalypse

    published Jul 04, 2012

    See Also:El-P on Prince, his mother, and full band rap showsKiller Mike might be the most dangerous MC spitting right now. This isn't to say that modern hip-hop lacks for dissenting, uncompromising vo... More >>

  • Five beach-party bangers, and the end of an era
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    Five beach-party bangers, and the end of an era

    published Jun 05, 2012

    Yup, you guessed it: this is the end of this particular road, and 5ingles is headed to that great big blog column scrapheap in the sky. Five (!) years and God knows how many columns later, the time ha... More >>

  • Five no-name remixes of A$AP Rocky's Goldie
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    Five no-name remixes of A$AP Rocky's "Goldie"

    published May 30, 2012

    Despite having jammed "Goldie" dozens of times since it dropped, it's still pretty easy to kind of loathe the thing. Not the beat from Hit-Boy, which is sleepy/sinister nightmare lollipop genius that ... More >>

  • Five songs that sound like screws tightening
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    Five songs that sound like screws tightening

    published May 22, 2012

    Sometimes pop and rock songs are at their best when the grooves are especially spiral-like or boa-constricted, when melodic ecstasy and sonic claustrophobia combine to create something amazing. This w... More >>

  • Five unique covers of the <em>Reading Rainbow</em> theme
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    Five unique covers of the Reading Rainbow theme

    published May 15, 2012

    LeVar Burton hosted Reading Rainbow from the early 1980s to the mid 2000s. Earlier this spring, Burton -- who you may also remember as Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and its ... More >>

  • Five songs about forgiveness
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    Five songs about forgiveness

    published May 07, 2012

    Ask yourself: are you over it, or are you going to nurse a grudge? How long are you going to be mad at someone close to you for a perceived sin or sin of omission that ultimately doesn't mean that muc... More >>

  • Five songs that bore us 'til the chorus
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    Five songs that bore us 'til the chorus

    published Apr 30, 2012

    You've been here before, haven't you? Killer chorus, solid hook, great pick-up, inspired singing, and then, bam: lame, bullshit verses. Verses so dire and undercooked that it'd have been better had th... More >>

  • Five songs exploring mental illness
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    Five songs exploring mental illness

    published Apr 23, 2012

    This week, 5ingles explores songs that boast connections to mental illness. None of these are quite as stupendous as Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" or Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" or Green Day's... More >>

  • Five felicitous spring songs
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    Five felicitous spring songs

    published Apr 16, 2012

    Spring -- in case you were too busy holed up with an Xbox and a case of Five-Hour Energy to notice -- has pretty much sprung. Which is why this is as a good a time as any for rousing, energetic tunes ... More >>

  • Five songs exploring the joys of drone
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    Five songs exploring the joys of drone

    published Apr 09, 2012

    This week, 5ingles tiptoes idly through spring tulips and the wild, weird world of drone, sampling conventional and unconventional takes on the form. It is recommended that you pull the shades down, t... More >>

  • Five identity crisis songs: Danny Brown, Garbage, & more
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    Five identity crisis songs: Danny Brown, Garbage, & more

    published Apr 02, 2012

    ​This week's edition of 5ingles spotlights songs by artists who seem to be undergoing an identity crisis -- musicians who aren't quite themselves, who apparently woke up a bit off of their game. So ... More >>

  • Five utterly frustrating songs: Odd Future, Of Montreal & more
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    Five utterly frustrating songs: Odd Future, Of Montreal & more

    published Mar 26, 2012

    ​Sometimes a song comes along and you just hate everything about it. Everything is wrong: your sensors are howling, the hair stands up on your neck, and it's some nightmare shit where unless you can... More >>

  • Five paradigm-shifting tunes: Fela Kuti, White Load, & more
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    Five paradigm-shifting tunes: Fela Kuti, White Load, & more

    published Mar 19, 2012

    ​What if a song could change your perception of everything -- how you view yourself, others, the world? And if a song could accomplish something like that, what sort of statement does that make abou... More >>

  • Five best early 2012 iTunes free MP3s
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    Five best early 2012 iTunes free MP3s

    published Mar 13, 2012

    ​iTunes' miserly propensity to give away a pittance of free mp3s by new and emerging artists is a sort of open secret, a veritable whisper in the blogosphere's never-settling echo chamber of mp3s an... More >>

  • Five mid-winter posse cuts
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    Five mid-winter "posse" cuts

    published Mar 06, 2012

    ​Throw a bunch of hot-sixteen spouting knuckleheads and/or fellow-traveler musos together over top of a beat or backing track, and you've got a recipe for awesome sauce, or abject disaster. For ever... More >>

  • Five songs for the bleak, midwinter blues
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    Five songs for the bleak, midwinter blues

    published Feb 28, 2012

    ​Winter's kind of awesome -- at first. Well, for a couple weeks, anyway, until Christmas and New Year's are over and it quickly becomes apparent that there's nothing else to look forward to, in term... More >>

  • Five twisted Mardi Gras songs
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    Five twisted Mardi Gras songs

    published Feb 21, 2012

    ​Today, a multitude of shiftless youth are in New Orleans to consume copious quantities of alcohol, ogle members of the opposite sex, don ludicrous costumes, become well-acquainted with NOLA PD jail... More >>

  • Five unexpected Valentines Day songs
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    Five unexpected Valentines Day songs

    published Feb 13, 2012

    ​Valentine's Day is approaching like a row of fresh-blooming tulips, a wall of menacing storm clouds, or a bit of both. This greeting card holiday always has musical implications, and the state of t... More >>

  • 5ingles: Black Dice, Jay-Z, Priurient & More

    published Jan 24, 2012

    ​Whether you're dealing with Black Dice, black metal, or Blue Ivy, 2012 is figuring to be a year filled with dark, rich shades -- none of these half-assed hues, please! These five singles are a cros... More >>

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