Earlier tonight, I read an article in the literary journal n+1 by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions of Oneida) about his life as a drummer in an experimental rock band, entitled “Heads Ain’t Ready.” The article is title after the name that the band gave to their first tour, which lasted two and a [...]
Rick Moody is fucking up.
The novelist, best known for The Ice Storm1, has been moonlighting the last couple of years as a music critic for the pop-culture website The Rumpus, in a column called Swinging Modern Sounds. It’s an exercise in critical self-indulgence, in which Moody gives himself free rein to discuss [...]
On Friday I knocked off work juuuuust a little early so that I could catch Napalm Death. The awesome thing about watching Napalm Death is that you are literally watching the oldest grindcore band in existence. It’s not possible to watch an older grindcore band, because Napalm Death are the oldest one! Even if [...]
It was pledge week. “Call to make your pledge now,” said the DJ, “and be entered into a drawing to win passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest, where Bob Mould will be performing the classic Sugar album Copper Blue in its entirety!”
“Wow.” I said. “That would be pretty cool to see. Oh well.” [...]
My wife and I were watching some ’80s music videos this morning when she noticed something odd.
“Bette Davis Eyes,” by Kim Carnes (1981):
“Thriller,” by Michael Jackson (1982):
Kim Carnes, 1981:
Michael Jackson, 1983:
COINCIDENCE?!?!?! . . . .
On a sort of unrelated note, does anybody else [...]
Digging deep into the buried strata of pop culture from two months ago: I wasn’t a huge fan of The Muppets overall- too much sad, nondescript new guy, too little Swedish Chef- but the low point was definitely the song “Let’s Talk About Me,” the god-awful rap delivered by Chris Cooper’s villainous oil tycoon:
The Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop poll, the definitive year-end music list compiled by surveys of critics all over the country, hasn’t come out yet. However, when it does, based on a completely unscientific survey of stuff I read and people I know, I’ll be surprised if the album Civilian, by the Baltimore band [...]
I realized something a couple of days ago: in 2011, for the first time since 1999, I didn’t set foot in a recording studio1. That makes me a little sad. But not too long went by before I realized that every year I hear more records that I like from friends and people I [...]
As I’m sure we all remember, October was pretty nuts. The anthrax attacks that followed 9/11 claimed their first victim on October 6. The invasion of Afghanistan began the next day. The USA PATRIOT Act was introduced on October 23 and became law just three days later.
This is the backdrop against which Fugazi [...]
One of the best-reviewed independent records of 2008 was The Chemistry of Common Life, by the rowdy, overstuffed Canadian post-hardcore band Fucked Up.
You know what? Scratch that. The Chemistry of Common Life wasn’t one of the “best-reviewed” records of that year; it was the record that was most frequently reviewed as [...]