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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lyrics Born on Licensing Songs, The Vaselines' Ex Factor, and Erk Tha Jerk's Homemade Hooks

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:33 AM

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In SF Weekly's music section this week:

Lyrics Born:  "For an artist like the Berkeley-based Lyrics Born, who prides himself on making "progressive" hip-hop, and who has remained on the independent level throughout his 15-plus-year recording career, licensing songs to TV shows, movies, videogames, and for use in advertisements offers a vital revenue stream. These days, it helps fund the art."

The Vaselines: "When most exes reconvene, they try to skirt the big naked elephant in the room. This was not the case for Scottish lo-fi pop duo the Vaselines. Recently musically reunited after 20 years apart, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee revisited all those jumbled relationship emotions with surprising candor, even christening their new album Sex with an Ex -- a tongue-in-cheek reference to their history."

Erk Tha Jerk: "'I had a turning point about three years ago,' Erk explains in Manhattan on a recent trip to solidify industry connections. 'I realized you can be a good rapper, but people have to like your songs. You add melody, and people sing along.' Until that realization, Erk was preoccupied with demonstrating his rhyming skills in lunchroom freestyle sessions at Hayward High School."

Also: We recommend shows from The Octopus ProjectYusef LateefRecoil, and Scientist and Roots Radics.

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