Author Archives: Brian

  1. Guest Post: Shovels & Rope – O’ Be Joyful

      I was never a huge fan of The White Stripes, but my wife loves them and she has impeccable taste in music, so thanks to my better-half over time I’ve come to consider myself at the very least a fan. It goes without saying that Jack White was the better-half of the White Stripes Continue…

  2. Guest Post: Cold Pumas – Persistent Malaise

    Cold Pumas is a horrible name for a band, or at least a distracting one. Is it slang for a really nice pair of Puma sneakers, or is it meant to literally bring to mind a group of big cats that are enduring frigid conditions? It just doesn’t seem to complement the outstanding music they Continue…

  3. Single Serving: The Walkmen – Heaven

    It was 2002 when I first saw the video for “Wake Up” from the debut album by The Walkmen titled Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. I was watching my most recent VHS recording of the MTV2 show 120 Minutes, when on came a promo featuring a group of smartly dressed lads playing Continue…

  4. Guest Post: Frankie Rose – Interstellar

    Frankie Rose by any other name would sound as sweet. At times she’s been called “A member of the Vivian Girls,” at others “The drummer for the Dum Dum Girls,” and on occasion “The drummer for the Crystal Stilts.” With the release of her remarkable new album Interstellar, “Frankie Rose” will soon be all that Continue…

  5. Guest Post: King Krule – King Krule EP

    My earliest awareness of the iconic Frank Sinatra came from watching classic Looney Tunes cartoons from the early 40’s. In those cartoons Sinatra was depicted as skinny and sickly, often attached to various medical apparatuses as women swoon in increasingly ridiculous fashion as a result of hearing the buttery tones of his hypnotic croon. I Continue…

  6. Guest Post: Real Estate – Days

    October 18th is always a special day of the year for me as a result of it being my wife’s birthday. This year it got a little extra dose of special when – in addition to it being our first time celebrating her birthday as a married couple – it saw the release of not Continue…

  7. Guest Post: New Shouts – Sing New Shouts

    I recently did some perusing at the museum of commodified nostalgia, otherwise known as Urban Outfitters, and had a familiar feeling. Whenever I go to Urban Outfitters I get a strange sensation that can best be described as a mixture of impulse-shopper excitement and buyers-remorse queasiness. Sure, Pac Man completely blew my mind when I Continue…

  8. Greetings from Pittsburgh: 1,2,3 – New Heaven

    Brian Johnson has been a regular visitor around here for some time and his comments have always been extremely thoughtful and well-written. We could tell Brian shares our vision and thought it would be great if we gave him a chance to make guest contributions to the site.  I’ll let him take it from here! Continue…

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