Record Retail Therapy

it’s already been a rough year, and one week ago I learned that my uber-rare cancer is back for the 3rd time, which is sure to mean a totally swell rest of the year. My intuition says the nightmare horror factory that is 2016 isn’t anywhere close to done with production, though – it’s probably […]

Jarvis Cocker on #Brexit

More compelling evidence on my teenage self’s impeccable taste in musical crushes. Not only is the Pulp frontman dreamy AF and capable of turning a lyrical phrase that’s equal parts sex and wit, Jarvis is a rather clever commentator to boot. Be still, my (sometimes irregularly) beating heart! So yeah, smart guys who make me […]

Is Your Taste All in Your Mouth?

If you remember PBR tasting god-awful in college, it may be because you were shotgunning it to a god-awful soundtrack. Or, OK, PBR is just god-awful. Bad example. If you remember PBR tasting delicious in college, it may be because you have the most exceptional record collection known to man. You see, according to science, […]

Billboard’s Open Letter to Congress backed by 200 Music Heavies

In the early hours of June 13, 49 people were killed during Latin night at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida by a man who legally purchased an assault rifle despite his being on an FBI terror watchlist. Days earlier, an obsessed fan shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie during a post-concert autograph session. […]

‘The Queen is Dead’ turns 30

Thirty-seven minutes. That’s how long The Queen Is Dead allows its listeners to venture through a world of sleazy record label execs, unrequited love, regicide, suicide, organized religion, women’s bodies, dead poets, and pretty much every other theme imaginable. In ten songs on one album lasting 37 minutes, The Smiths definitively summed up the personal, […]

Diving into Radiohead’s ‘Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead released their achingly beautiful ninth LP, A Moon Shaped Pool today, May 8th, 2016. No doubt drawing on the disintegration of his 23 year relationship with Rachel Owen, Thom Yorke’s college sweetheart and wife, Pool is replete with moments of pure heartbreak, loneliness and emotional despair in its blunt exploration of human intimacy, a theme […]

Farewell, Sweet Prince

RIP PRINCE June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016 Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. Moments after my loot crate arrived with the much-anticipated ‘Bowie as Labyrinth’s Jareth’ tee in a suspiciously purple palette, KCRW announced that Prince had been found dead at his Paisley Park compound in St. Paul. He was just 57 years old. […]

My #WhenIWas

Every time a sexual assault story breaks nationally, it seems like the public conversation inevitably shifts from shock at the unspeakable atrocity of what happened to speculating how the victim failed to prevent her own assault and lamenting the perpetrators now-wasted ‘potential.’ So when I saw @EverydaySexism asking women to share their earliest stories with […]

The Lolla 2016 Lineup Drops

Whoa … REALLY? 25 years? That’s kinda crazy. Well, the touring fest turned 3 day location fest turned multi-region, 4-day SPECTACULAR is really all grown up now. It really made something of itself, don’t you think? And hey, Lolla founder Perry Farrell still has the band back together so Jane’s Addiction (shoes? is it shoes? […]

Now You See Her…

we know, we know: like a timid ghost or a 1997 page, it’s been a while since you’ve seen your girl in music. radio silence and static fuzz and then the signal went completely dark, too. After all this time, you sorta assumed she just wasn’t that into you. listen: we wanted to answer when […]

Zee + Me = 3

So at the very, very end of 2015, something odd that I never thought would happen, did. Voldemort got back in touch and his new girlfriend, Zee, and I became besties. She’s amazing. We make art.* Voldemort is jealous. Anyways, we are kinda hilarious, and she tweets the best bits of our conversations for public […]

Interpreting the Sexes

I had a guy friend come to me recently and ask me to translate girl for him. The conversation allowed me connect a few dots for he and other guy friends who were there, as well as articulate something for myself. Here’s the sitch: He’d been hanging out with this girl to the point where […]

Next Level PunCake

My job means dealing puns of damage daily – here’s one such example. You know how email chains work – start at the bottom and read up. ———- Forwarded message ———- Date: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM I think we may have reached the point of no return /TMM On Nov 14, 2015 […]