For this week’s On Shuffle, I go back to 2013 to talk formative music fandom, mid-aughts Fueled By Ramen bands, (500) Days of Summer as a music genre, and of course, the subject of this week’s column, “Your Face” by Blue of Colors:
For the VERY FIRST On Shuffle, my music library has randomly delivered a song that he has never heard before. This week, I go in depth on Discovery’s 2009 “hipster R&B” track “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (ft. Angel Deradoorian). Check it out:
I started a new weekly column over at The Alternative. It’s called “On Shuffle,” which explains exactly what I’ll be doing—every week, I’ll turn my library on shuffle and go long on whatever song comes up first. Read my introduction here and keep an eye on on Tuesdays for the column:
I wrote about the lovely 2nd Grade and what it means to reissue a recent release these days for The Alternative:
I interviewed Matt Scottoline of the Philadelphia power pop band Hurry about their new record Fake Ideas.
I reviewed the surprisingly good new Modest Mouse record for Slant:
On their debut release, Parting (ex Empire! Empire!, Dowsing, Annabel, and Hawk & Son) construct a testament to transforming together while maintaining the truth of everything they always stood for. Here’s my review, for The Alternative:
I contributed blurbs on The Armed, Spirit of the Beehive, and Snow Ellet for The Alternative‘s Best of 2021 So Far list.
The departure of drummer Janet Weiss, who left the band in 2019, is unavoidably felt on the new Sleater-Kinney record, but the band, now a duo, still has the power to dazzle. Here’s my review for Slant Magazine:
I wrote about the really great debut from Bachelor, the clear result of a fruitful creative partnership. Here it is, for The Alternative: