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In 2001, HBO debuted Def Poetry Jam, a groundbreaking series created by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. Filmed at the Supper Club in NYC, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the show spotlighted both up and coming and established spoken word artists. Black Ice, appearing here on the show’s first season, spit this piece with such raw, unbridled intensity, I’m pretty sure the mic needed some talcum powder after he left it behind.

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Between 1994-95, one band out of Louisville, Kentucky, with just one full length album, single-handedly upped the math rock ante. Consisting of June of 44’s Jeff Mueller (lead vocals/guitar), Shipping News’s Jason Noble (guitar/vocals), Sonora Pine’s Tara Jane O’Neil (bass/vocals) and Kevin Coultas (drums), Rodan’s Rusty was a palpably potent cocktail of everything that makes math/post/punk rock beautiful..in a stripped down, bare bones sort of way. Guage, the track featured, is a defining example of brilliant minds coming together to make the kind of music you never see advertised on iTunes or the Billboard charts, regrettably. This band was to math rock what Jane Austen was to literature.

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