Music

Music is life and all that accompanies it — along with tinnitus.

Act Surprised

Sebadoh: Act Surprised

To this day Sebadoh created one of my more epic and ridiculous concert moments. It was 1996 and the boys were playing the long-gone NYC club, Tramps, to promote...
Dogrel

Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel

The band Kansas is from Kansas. Alabama is from Alabama. L.A. Guns are from LA. Fontaines D.C., however, are not from our country's capital, but the far-away land...
Morbid Stuff

PUP: Morbid Stuff

There was a moment in 1994 when I walked into a room and heard Dookie for the first time. It somehow took the snottiness and the feelings of restless boredom of that...
Snares Like a Haircut

No Age: Snares Like a Haircut

I’ve been less than kind in my past mentions of No Age. I’ve blamed them for the drowned-in-fuzz aesthetic that came about in the late aughts that kind of swamped...
Phoenix

Pedro the Lion: Phoenix

I've always been a little weirded out by Dave Bazan's Christianity and the kind of pigeonholing of Pedro the Lion as a "Christian" band. After all, that's not my...
Power Chords

Mike Krol: Power Chords

Mike Krol’s Power Chords is like an ode to what music ought to be. No, seriously. There’s so much garbage out there. So much “experimentation.” So much electronica...
Ruby Vroom

Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom

Soul Coughing’s 1994 album, Ruby Vroom. came out at a very important pivot point in my life. I was transitioning from college student to real-life person and needed...
Future Me Hates Me

The Beths: Future Me Hates Me

Look, man, I can’t be all punk all of the time. In fact, as I age I’m getting less and less able to take discordant noise. So a band like The Beths comes to me and I...
Maruader

Interpol: Marauder

I will say with complete certitude that this is the last Interpol album I will ever review. They are a band that meant something to me for (generously) three albums...
LP5000

Restorations: LP5000

At only seven tracks, calling this an LP is kind of a stretch. In fact, I’m not even sure it qualifies as such, but in the world of digital music, I’m probably the...