Back before he was the host of The Daily Show -- back even before Josh Hartnett chopped off his fingers and stabbed him in the eye in The Faculty -- Jon Stewart was the host of his own eponymous show. It aired for almost two years, first in a half-hour version on MTV, and then an hour-long version i ... More >>
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Slim Whitman's Yodeling Country Songs. In an attempt to help avoid gift-giving mishegas this season, we've taken the stress out of speculating what your favorite mosher might hope to find under his blackened hull of a Christmas tree. (Or what ... More >>
Every winter our mailbox overfloweth with Christmas albums, from exceedingly unlikely sources. But a disc of traditional Christmas songs, on Epitaph, from L.A. punk icons Bad Religion? That's downright bizarre. After all, the group has pointedly critiqued organized religion; vocalist Greg Graffin ... More >>
Alexz Johnson really loves Brooklyn. It shows on her face with the way she lights up whenever her neck of the woods is mentioned. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter/actress relocated to the borough with one goal for herself as an artist: total scene immersion. It's a pretty good goal when you have to ... More >>
His musical and personal honesty made waves in 2012
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
In 1978, the Sex Pistols would have hocked snot at the idea of being associated with prim layouts and orderly type. Sublime's signature colors were not purple, pink, red, and gray; The Replacements had no ties to concentric squares. Dr. Know and Gorilla Biscuits never put pinwheels anywhere i ... More >>
The triumphant David Comes to Life storms the suburbs
Per Brooklyn Vegan comes news of an elaborate 30-year (!!) birthday celebration for poli-sci pop-punks Bad Religion, taking the multi-night chronological approach favored by the Lucinda Williamses and My Morning Jackets of the world. To wit:
Somewhat bell-like, Sigur Rós-ian piano, but given the recent departure of keyboard/mustache guru Franz Nicolay, any at all is somewhat surprising. Not so, happily, the rest of "Hurricane J": The guitar riff, the en masse backing vox, the earnest lyrics about a real sweet girl who's made som ... More >>
"We always just wanted to be Fugazi, but people saw us otherwise." Thursday: Geoff Rickly is the one in the middle It's been almost a decade since Thursday released their breakout record Full Collapse, the album that launched the "post-hardcore" band into a major label contract with Island Records ... More >>
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
Punk vets bury a radio anthem in forgettable complaints