… In which I talk to The Bronx’s throat Matt Caughthran and yell about how they’re the world’s greatest punk band. Also, Bronx 5 comes up, as does Mariachi El Bronx and what the line of demarcation is between the two bands.
Plus, I get to relive one of the most memorable, come-to-god musical moments i’ve ever seen, when The Bronx single-handedly alleviated two days of miserable and wet festival going with a set that literally put me on my knees (in mud) with my arms raised to the air.
Have a read here at Fasterlouder.
I once saw The Naked & Famous play to a late afternoon festival crowd in 2013 that was made up almost entirely of 19-year-olds. I also reviewed their new album, Simple Forms, for Rolling Stone, here.
The evolution of Ben Lee is pretty interesting — from weirdo indie pop to conceptual spiritual noise to agreeable adult contemporary folk-pop — and his latest album takes a very high-minded bent. Just in case you didn’t pick that up from the title. Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind is out now and I reviewed it for Rolling Stone here.
In which I make jokes about: Daniel Chick, Charlie Pickering, Nova Scotian fishing fleets, Pauline Hanson, Adam Sandler, the Pigeon Detectives and many, many other things.
Also, it’s about bands you should make sure you still like. Because they’re good. Have a read here.
I profiled Brooklyn Nets rookie — 1st round, 20th overall pick of the NBA draft — Caris LeVert for The Brooklyn Game.
I also made jokes about Pacific Rim 2, John Wick 2, Terrence Ross and Evan Turner.
Check it out here.
Getting a Beastie Boy to produce your record: smart.
Slaves’ swaggery-eff you punk, and their first album Are You Satisfied (that I also reviewed for Rolling Stone) was a blast of pungent fresh air, so getting Mike D to produce their second record is an unexpected, yet awesome, move. With that in mind, read my review of Slaves’ Take Control for Rolling Stone right here.
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