“I didn’t go out of my way to choose Toys in the Attic—it sort of fell into my lap because no one else who writes for this website wanted to write about it. And I understand why people who love music wouldn’t want to write about this band. Because of their longevity, Aerosmith has managed to be present in every generation of music since the Nixon administration, but also to be strongly associated with none of them. Even as they re-emerge with each new generation, they seem to belong to no single era in particular. Having been constantly handed down, they are always re-invented, but never different. They are a product—an LLC in 4/4 time. The band is everywhere, from everywhen, but belong to nobody…”Read more "#229: Aerosmith, “Toys in the Attic” (1975)"
Dark Matter Presents: Split LP #1 Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce Press Pot Recordings, 2016 by Matthew Meade The blues, jazz, and funk fusion ensemble Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce Family Party Band have been lurking around the weird back alleys of Chicago’s avant-garde indie music scene since at least 2011. They’ve released […]Read more "Splitting The Weed, The LP, and The Atom"
River Bones bleeklino Self-Released, 2016 By Matt Meade Judging by his Instagram account, Nico Haag is doing something with his 20s. He is going to interesting places, taking pictures of random things, spending time with beautiful people, and growing ironic mustaches. He is also working on the first full-length from his bleeklino project, which will […]Read more "Just About to Climax"
By Matt Meade Neil Young has been coaxed, once again, into the current election cycle by that age-old political practice of a candidate willfully misunderstanding what rock and roll songs are about. Back in September Young yanked his Hubert Selby novel set to music, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,” from one walking […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #20: “Campaigner” by Neil Young"
Be thankful you live in the universe you do. This could have been the vaguely satirical, 1960s space-themed song that defined a generation’s unsettling feelings about the space race and future generation’s feelings about alienation and the apparent indifference of an uncaring universe. Thank you David Bowie, for not writing “Please Mr. Kennedy.” And for everything […]Read more "A Universe Where Bowie Never Existed"
By Matt Meade No matter how good your year was it was nowhere as good as Bob Christgau’s who must have been a good little rock and roll critic because on December 3rd, he received an early Christmas present. You see, 2015 was the year the rock and roll world finally lost Scott Weiland to […]Read more "In 2015 Robert Christgau Finally Got What He Wanted"
1989 Ryan Adams PAX AM, 2015 By Matt Meade On September 21, 2015, Ryan Adams released a track-by-track cover of Taylor Swift’s 2014 release 1989. After much pre-release hype it turns out that, more than anything else, it reveals something about who Ryan Adams really is. Sure he has a bit of swagger and he […]Read more "Ryan Adams Gives Taylor Swift’s 1989 a Coat of Staind"
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Smiley Miley, 2015 By Matt Meade When I first saw the pictures of Miley Cyrus with Wayne Coyne on Instagram, (because yes I am a man in his 30s with a family who follows Miley Cyrus on Instagram), I wondered if she was taking for granted her […]Read more "Miley’s Pet Cemetery"
You might not know who Allison Moorer is but you probably know her ex-husband. Last year she got a divorce from the guy she’d been married to for ten years and when I found out, all I cared about was him. You see, her ex-husband is Steve Earle and I feel like I know Steve […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #19: Allison Moorer “Down to Believing”"
Guppy Ben Shaw Kirigirisu Recordings, 2015 By Matt Meade I’ve spent the year since Ben Shaw’s 2014 album Goodbye, Cagoule World listening to his back catalog. It sounds like he has too. When Ben Shaw turned in Goodbye, Cagoule World he was doing it because it was time for him to turn in that kind […]Read more "Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy…"
Apologies to the Queen Mary Wolf Parade Sub Pop, 2005 By Matt Meade The tragedy of young adulthood isn’t that young people don’t know their adolescence is precious and fleeting. Old people are known for blaming the young for wasting their youths on things like smoking too much weed, spending more money on shoes than they […]Read more "The Middle Age of the Wolf"
Everybody wants things. You for example. You want something. You are chasing something elusive; a dream, a person, a goal, a state of mind. You struggle to achieve your goal and when it evades you, you look for solace. You are just like the rest of us when it comes to this because you try to […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #16: The Seeds – “I Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”"
By Matt Meade When I was young (all the way back in the 1980s), before I knew how things worked (as if I know how things work now) I would wonder why great songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and “The Jets” from West Side Story were absent from the local radio station playlist. Sure […]Read more "Top 16 Rock and Roll Show Tunes"
Solid Gold Heart Jad Fair & Danielson Sounds Familyre, 2014 By Matt Meade When I was nine, I used a Panasonic portable tape recorder to record a rock and roll song that I wrote entitled “Power Rock.” There were no instruments. There was no band. It was just me singing the words of this song […]Read more "Solid Gold Weirdos"
What am I supposed to do? I am attracted to guys who are built like chicks and I am into bands who sound like Animal Collective; so obviously I am into Nico Haag who is guilty on both counts. And just because he has a slender frame, it doesn’t mean he isn’t manly. He is. He […]Read more "Never Heard of ‘Em? #20: Bleeklino"