taking a break in Belgium…

In 2002 I took the train from Amsterdam to Brussels for the day. The World Cup was happening in Japan. Belgium had just beat Russia 3-2, sending them on to the Round of 16. They would be beat 2-0 by Brazil three days later, but on this particular day, there wasn’t an unhappy face in the city. I don’t recall exactly what I did all day — Read more →

R.I.P. Tony Sly

1970 – 2012 Tony Sly, the lead singer for Bay Area punk band No Use For A Name, has passed away at the age of 41.  Details have yet to be released, but Fat Wreck Chords announced his death earlier today.  No Use For A Name were among an assortment of bands who ruled the all ages scene in California… Read more →

FFF2012: The Line-Up + Playlist

Having been a huge advocate for the Fun Fun Fun Fest ever since I discovered it in 2009, I will say I’m a little disappointed in the line-up this year.  I really, really wanted to see At The Drive-In!  That being said, it always takes a little time to fully comprehend the list every year.  In 2009 I was drawn… Read more →

‘do call upon Mephistopheles’

Portland, OR’s Agalloch are streaming their latest opus, the 20+ minute two-part track, “Faustian Echoes”, on their bandcamp page.  It’ll come as no surprise to anyone who follows this blog that I am extremely excited for new material from the Pacific Northwest’s masters of dark folk metal.  This EP, containing the single longest track the band has ever recorded, is… Read more →

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

1928 – 2012 Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, died this morning due to complications of a stroke.  He was 83 years old.  Looking back on his life’s work, I realize I only knew him for Where The Wild Things Are, which serves as quite a testament to how strong of an impact that book had on… Read more →

R.I.P. Adam Yauch (MCA)

1964 – 2012 Adam Yauch has died.  He was 47 years old.  The man known as MCA was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009 and today he succumbed to the disease.  Yauch was one third of the Beastie Boys — the group who started out punk before enraging parents in suburbs all over the country with Licensed To Ill, an… Read more →

R.I.P. Air France

With only a couple EPs and a single under their belt, Swedish electronic pop duo Air France are calling it quits.  According to a tumblr announcement, they just couldn’t create anything worthy of a follow-up to 2008’s No Way Down.   Things that came easy in the past would come no more.  It’s too bad, because No Way Down held such… Read more →

SXSW12: The Good, the Bad and the #hashtag

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an industry tradeshow that descends upon Austin, Texas every March.  This is a critique of that tradeshow, not a review of the bands that performed last week. Often mistaken for a music festival, SXSW literally floods the small city of Austin with almost half a million outsiders.  Hotels sell out at quadruple normal rates while… Read more →