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The Big Hurt: Weighing 2011 against decades past

The year in context
We can't truly understand 2011's place in music history until we weigh it against its counterparts from decades past, preferably in some sort of arbitrary jerk-off critical exercise. Hey, here's one
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 20, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Unnecessary press release roundup

Aggregating
No matter how lazy music writers get, we can't spin every press release into a freebie news story, or even a scrap of "Web content" (shudder) for whichever shit aggregator pays our parking tickets.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 14, 2011


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The Big Hurt: Satellite High's Dad-Rock EP

Jammin' with pops
San Francisco rapper Jay Friedman, a/k/a Satellite High, has fully captured the platonic ideal of dads.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 29, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Trey Songz's 'YUUP!,' Juelz Santana's terrorist threat, Fat Joe's 'gay mafia,' and Adam Ant's mental health

Music news in brief
In case you were wondering how many guys are allowed to say "yup," the answer is one.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 21, 2011

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The Big Hurt: November Juggalo update

Persecuted, sued, and snitched on
Much clown love, my ninjas!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 18, 2011



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The Big Hurt: The Stone Roses and other tales of the living dead!

Music news in brief
In the spooky spirit of the Phoenix Halloween Goth special, a chilling tale of a band returning from the dead!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 25, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Smash Mouth chicken out

Scrambling
In the end, some eggs were eaten and a bunch of money was raised to help sick kids, which is great. But did Steve Harwell truly meet the egg challenge? No!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 19, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Tupac's sex tape, Too $hort for Yee, so-long Steve Jobs

Music news in brief
A hell of a week.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 17, 2011

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The Big Hurt: The gnome-stealing legends of Britpop failure are back! Do we care? Maybe!

Marion return!
Here's the biggest news of the year, if you're me or Michael Marotta or one of maybe three other idiots in the world who'd actually care: Marion is reforming.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2011

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The Big Hurt: This week in music merchandising

Good times!
I love watching a credible artist make a decent living. That's why I take such audibly-giggling delight in keeping readers abreast of the latest honest-buck news, which is coming fast and furious this week.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 28, 2011



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The Big Hurt: The Game outs 50 Cent, Gucci Mane goes to the slam; plus, Julian Lennon's new titles, and more

Music news in brief
I have nothing against the music of British rapper TINIE TEMPAH — I don't think I've even heard it, to be honest — but boy am I ever sick as heck of reading that name in print.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Ke$ha, 'That Girl in Pink,' and Mongo Slade make 'news'

Hard pressed
This week, another ill-fated jog down the dark alley of music biz press releases. . . .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 14, 2011

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The Big Hurt: My application to have sex with Sinéad O'Connor

Not a Nigel!
Sinéad O'Connor recently posted a rather extraordinary blog entry, titled "IS SINÉAD ABOUT TO HUMP HER TRUCK?"
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 06, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III

Music news in brief
James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-sliced cheese singles so you can carry them around in your wallet.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 31, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Hot singles of August 23, 1986

Who charted?
I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Hot 100 as it stood exactly 25 years ago — mostly so I wouldn't have to listen to any fucking Katy Perry songs this week.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 23, 2011



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The Big Hurt: Johnny's mansion, Noel's singles, Keith's fragrance, Big Boi's boner, Alice's maze, Hype's erotic thriller, Nicki's boob

Music news in brief
Johnny Rotten's mansion burnt down. A tragedy, but made sadder still by the fact that it happened two weeks before the riots, denying anarchists in the UK the chance to properly thank him for appearing in butter commercials and licensing official Sex Pistols perfumes.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 16, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Ten years of Kidz Bop

The kidz are alright
I've made fun of Kidz Bop plenty in the past, but it's time to get real: Kidz Bop is a venerable institution now, worthy of serious retrospection.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 16, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Pablo Dylan's 10 Minutes

Meritocracy news
Bob Dylan's 16-year-old grandson, Pablo Dylan, just dropped 10 Minutes , his first rap mixtape.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 04, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Kiedis's new look; plus, Incubus, Moz, Bieber, and Robbie Williams

Music news in brief
Beware: the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have a new track called "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 27, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Bieber Silences Youth, Kings of Leon Sell Out

The week's best press releases
I hadn't originally planned a press-release review for this week, but some PR blasts require immediate attention.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 19, 2011


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