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Deaf Jams: The Surprising, Conflicted, Thriving World of Hearing-Impaired Rappers

Darius McCall was in eighth grade the first time he rapped in front of an audience. It did not go well. He performed “Fuck Wit…
David Peisner / October 29, 2013

Wrong Way on a One-Way Track: The Oral History of Soul Asylum’s ‘Runaway Train’

In 1992, it might have looked like Soul Asylum were a band nearing the end of their career, not one about to embark on a…
David Peisner / July 24, 2013

Roll, Tape: Cassettes Find New Life Behind Prison Bars

Cassettes may be a relic of the pre-digital era, but there are a few places in this country where those unloved plastic tapes are holding…
David Peisner / May 9, 2013

Captive Audience: The Music Business in America’s Prisons

If you’ve got to go to prison, you could do a lot worse than the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino. The 574-inmate facility is tucked…
David Peisner / May 9, 2013

Let It Bleed: The Oral History of PJ Harvey’s ‘Rid of Me’

PJ Harvey has a walloping, 50-foot-tall legacy — musicially and emotionally raw when stadium angst was a boys club; opening the door for everyone from…
David Peisner / May 1, 2013

The, Um, Oral History of King Missile’s ‘Detachable Penis’

It’s easy to forget just how weird the landscape of popular music was in the early-to-mid-’90s. The success of bands like R.E.M., the Red Hot…
David Peisner / February 25, 2013

Camper Van Beethoven, ‘La Costa Perdida’ (429)

Camper Van Beethoven have always been a glorious mess. From their early- ’80s beginnings in the Northern California hippie haven of Santa Cruz, the band…
David Peisner / December 18, 2012

Down By Law: The Year Downloading Took a Dive

In the early dawn hours of January 20, 2012, in a small village on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand, heavily armed police (with hel…
David Peisner / December 14, 2012

Big Boi, ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors’ (Purple Ribbon/Def Jam)

To listen to Big Boi talk about music, you’d think he was auditioning for a midday DJ slot on Sirius XM’s adult-alternative hodgepodge the Loft.
David Peisner / December 11, 2012

Fight Songs: How Songwriting Is Saving War Vets’ Lives

Sgt. Josh Hartman is in the backseat of his Humvee as it hurtles down Route Predators in Baghdad. Route Predators is the military’s name for…
David Peisner / November 29, 2012

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