The Bronx – feature interview (for FasterLouder)

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… 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.

Ben Lee – Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind review (for Rolling Stone)

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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.

Feature: 11 Bands You Should Get Back Together With (for FasterLouder)

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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.

Slaves – ‘Take Control’ review (Rolling Stone)

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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.

Derong Guys – Top 100 Derong Dudes (Episodes 41-47)

Keep up with our weekly NBA podcast, where we’re currently going through our Top 100 Derong Dudes. We talk/gush/criticize everyone from Walt Frazier to Blake Griffin, Peja Stojakovic to Shawn Kemp and Steve Nash to  Oscar Robertson… And we’ve still got three weeks to go!

Catch up here for iTunes, or below on soundcloud!