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Rapping for the Kiwis in Christchurch, New Zealand

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 8:32 AM

For the past few weeks I've been on tour in New Zealand, rapping for the Kiwis. When I first heard that New Zealanders affectionately referred to themselves as this, I thought it was in reference to the fruit. Nope.

I'd come to find out the people of New Zealand...

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How I Saw Eminem VIP at SXSW for $5

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Every spring, thousands of music industry executives and artists descend into the sleepy Texan metropolis of Austin to trade business cards, eat Mexican food, and get wasted. Getting hammered at SXSW is a music industry tradition that pre-dates both Nirvana and Napster.

Agencies and labels have been hosting parties...

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Songwriting and the Evolution of Physical Media

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Recently, I've been recording at the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, where MIDI and electronic music were invented). My best friend from college happens to be a ProTools certified guest lecturer at Stanford, so it's worked out well. The Stanford community continues to welcome and...

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The Indie Rap Economics of SOPA

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 6:00 PM

On 20 January, the House Judiciary Committee postponed plans to proceed with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill. As a response to national protests, Committee Chairman Lamar Smith stated that, "The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy... (but) will postpone consideration of...

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Existentialism Over Coffee With "Weird Al" Yankovic

(4) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Right before Christmas, I had coffee with "Weird Al" Yankovic. The two of us had collaborated on my 2009 album This Gigantic Robot Kills, and had talked accordion triads and chord fingering over the phone while he was in the studio. Before the holidays, we made a point of meeting...

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The Cultural Tourism of a Yelawolf Fan

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM

This summer on the Vans Warped Tour, I performed on the same stage as Eminem's new Alabama protégé, Yelawolf. Yelawolf (real name Michael Wayne Atha) has been making a name for himself recently with his dexterous flow, southern pride and heavy, dark beats. When I first met him at the...

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Indie Hip-Hop Tour Essentials

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM

The past five months of my life have been spent living in a tour bus, van and hotel rooms across the world. Touring is an essential part of the business model for today's indie artists. My last album, Lars Attacks! was released independently through my own label, so if I...

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How a Rap About Herman Melville Brought Me to Nantucket

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 9:17 AM

Growing up, I had always felt like a cultural tourist in the world of hip-hop. I remember listening to Dr. Dre's Chronic album as a kid and marveling at how an adult like Dre could use words that I wasn't supposed to use around parents. In high school, groups like...

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