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The Big Hurt: Devil music

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When I was around 10 years old, I wandered into a rural flea market and found one of the greatest pieces of music journalism ever written: a forgotten crank masterpiece called Backward Masking Unmasked that had been written in 1983 by Texan minister Jacob Aranza.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 05, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 28, 2009

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The Big Hurt: The week in beef (in brief)

Ross at a loss; Weezy throws hissy
A recessed economy means fewer chains to go around, so it's been a fine week for a-fussin'-and-a-feudin'.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 21, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins

Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2009

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Say what?

The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of UnderstandRap.com
Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  UnderstandRap.com  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

Music news in brief
I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009



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'Who Charted'

Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40
Having paid my dues by wading through the alt-rock and godawful-country charts, I've earned the right to tackle the steamy stuff.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame

Music news in brief
The good news: the 2006 drug charges against   Lil Wayne   have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2009

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The Big Hurt: We floss econo

Cleaning up rap's act could equal big savings
You might recall a slew of ominous articles in 2007 proclaiming that hip-hop was through. Sales were way down, and the culprits were clear: jewelry, violence, and naughty dancing.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 11, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Sub-super supergroups, INXS excess, and unsaved unsavories

Music news in brief
I think we can agree that "supergroups" have a history of underperforming in the superness department.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 06, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Clench and release

Smooth jazz, revenge fantasies, and . . . wangs
For your edifying consumption, another stroll through the wasteland of godawful publicity.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 25, 2009



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The Big Hurt: Marley pimped, Miley sorry, Kanye secure

Music news in brief
This goes to print a week after I write it because of the damnable pre-Web technology of the printed page, but I swear to God that I was the first son of a bitch to think of it: Jackson Browne, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Chris Brown .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2009

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Study shows country music is still just awful

Who charted?
You know what I haven't done in a while, for plenty of very good reasons? Listened to the whole cotton-pickin' Billboard Hot Country chart! Yee-haw!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 10, 2009

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Quitters, tinklers, tacklers, and whoppers

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
David Berman of Silver Jews intends to quit the music biz and concentrate on writing prose, says a post on the Drag City Web site.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Dare to meme

Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Cohen back on stage, Dee back in Heaven, Kelly back on the market

Music news in brief
Rascal Flatts are coming out with a sixth album, and I still haven't caught up with the previous five!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2009



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The Big Hurt: Who charted?

Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks
In order to serve you better, I'll be taking an occasional look at the charts and giving a brief rundown of the week in pop.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 13, 2009

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Fleecing, stealing, shilling, and sucking with impunity

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
Over the busy holiday season, a tremendous wealth of worthless music-news tidbits slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by a lethargic, goose-sated America.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2009

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The Big Hurt: Pop 3000!

At the dawn of a new millennium, pop cries out for innovation
I'm sometimes pigeonholed as some kind of Negative Nelly: a pessimist, a cynic, a grouch , even.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 29, 2008

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The Big Hurt: The year in not really giving a shit

Maybe next year, music
In the annals of American pop history, 2008 will surely go down as a year when our nation had more-important shit to worry about than music.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 24, 2008

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The Big Hurt: Frequently asked questions

Pop's great rhetorical inquiries answered in uncomfortably erotic detail
Who wrote the book of love? Book of Love (1990) was a low-budget teen comedy that I rented once on a whim.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 17, 2008


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