Category Archive: ideas

What Have You Been Listening To Lately? Nothing. (Actually, Not Really.) Also, I Have A Bone To Pick With Haim

I want to ask myself what I’ve been listening to lately. But there has been a drought. And the Internet seems to agree. I hadn’t made a mid-year year-end list only because I was busy… Continue reading

An Actual Personal History/Manifesto: The Story Of The Blog, Our New News Vessel

I have this really intimate relationship with writing. Ever since I started writing “seriously” it’s always been immediate. Let’s start from the beginning. When I was a junior in college, I spent a… Continue reading

Reasonable Doubt: Marketing Big Hip Hop

I thought hip hop was supposed to be rebellious. You know, that it would Take A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. But now it seems that Big Hip Hop has become what… Continue reading

Devon Powers Explains, There Is No “New Boss”: There Is No “New” Narrative

Since the last time we spoke, Patrick Stickles “publicly” “attacked” me on twitter about the review I wrote of his show. It was awesome and ended well. I think we’re friends now. (When… Continue reading

Gender Punk Politics With Titus Andronicus

Seeing Titus Andronicus perform is like going to a Patrick Stickles Variety Hour. The New Jersey band has played Washington, DC a fair share – but their recent show at The Black Cat… Continue reading

Klosterman On My Mind: I Plan To Kill My Musical Soul By Way Of The Boss

Because I just finished reading (and writing about) Chuck Klosterman’s Killing Yourself To Live, I have a lot of my mind. I’m thinking about the way he can divert your eyes with a paragraph chocked-full… Continue reading

Life Before Rock and Roll: What We Learn From Lemmy

There’s this moment in the VH1 Roc Doc “Lemmy” when he tells the camera, “I remember before there was rock and roll.” The fact that Lemmy – or Ian Fraiser Kilmister – is… Continue reading

It’s All A Big Joke. The Game Never Ends. Forget The Hustle, This Is Our Lives

I wanted to like tumblr. I really did. But their drafting system is too complicated for me. Why wouldn’t it just save? WordPress has spoiled me. And the lack of internet ability in… Continue reading

I Can’t Stop Listening To 1 Train

This comes as a shock to myself, too. A$AP Rocky was never really “for me.” I remember when LiveLoveA$AP came out in October 2011. The people around me at the time who were listening… Continue reading

Let’s Talk About The Beatles For A Second

Because when I’m at my parents house, the Beatles are pretty much the only musical exposure I get. If you haven’t heard, my dad is a Beatles-elitist. So much that I didn’t even… Continue reading