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Ranking the Gifts of the 12 Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas!  If you’ve been wondering what to get your True Love this year, this listicle should help immensely.  I’ll carefully review the merits of each of the gifts presented in the classic carol and rank them according to how much an average American in the modern day would appreciate receiving them on Christmas morning.…

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Ranking the 2015 Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards come to you Sunday, February 8th.  Rather than complain about the rigged system or make fun of the losers, this year I thought I’d consider the nominees in the “big four” categories on their own merits and decide how I’d order them and dish out the awards. Record, Album, and…

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Stories Told

Dear Readers, In 2012 we brought your attention to a unique musical project.  Dutch instrumental indie band All Shall Be Well (And All Shall Be Well And All Manner Of Things Shall Be Well) sourced a short story from a fan of theirs and set out to write a piece of music based on the…

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Five for Five: Colton’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years. Here are Colton’s picks. Rap Genius (October 2009) First, there were lyrics.  Skip ahead a bit.  In 1999, the confused masses rejoiced at the creation of Urban Dictionary, an online reference point that, through community…

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A Word about Ke$ha and Dr. Luke

According to a story broken yesterday by TMZ, Ke$ha is suing Dr. Luke for sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse.  I see two ways to spin this story into a broader dialogue, and I have no interest in either of them. First, some-kind-of abuse is evil.  Agreed, and cheers to those who wave that flag…

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Save TheSixtyOne

Bzzzt! *click* “May I have your attention please!  Welcome to the Wide World of Music!  For songs you already know, please stand in the Spotify line to your left.  For songs you haven’t heard that sound like the ones you know, use the Pandora line to your right.  Radios are available in the back of…

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Exclusive Interview with CrashFuse

Rising up through the ranks, CrashFuse has arrived to put the city of Buffalo on the musical map.  They’ve earned cred the hard way through dedication to craft while pleasing local fans with frequent shows around their part of the state.  But enough from me: let’s let the boys introduce themselves. (Earn This:) For the…