Music

Pushing the ‘Ye Button

The archetypical Kanye fan is no longer the person who listened to Dipset but also watched Def Poetry Jam. They have been essentially priced out of fandom.

Yer Favourites

How an obnoxious subset of their fan base led me away from the Tragically Hip, and Gord Downie brought me back. 

Straight to Hellmouth: When Punk and Magic Meet

There can be fantastic narrative dissonance when conflicting elements clash.

Everybody Hurts: The Soundtrack of My So-Called Life

How the seminal series became a masterwork in scoring teen angst, one lawn-twirl at a time.

The Greatest Thing Metallica Ever Did Was Start to Suck

On the 25th anniversary of the release of The Black Album, an appraisal of how Metallica’s Post-Good era helped secure its legacy as the greatest American band of all time.

In Defense of Our Decision to Become a Republican Party House Band

Let’s face facts: singing songs about really liking the Replacements isn’t paying our rent with the commies anymore.

Animals Strike Curious Poses: On Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon

Released thirty years ago, Prince’s directorial debut seemed calculated to frustrate the fans who bought tickets to Purple Rain weekend after weekend.

How Am I Going To Make Fun Of The New Radiohead Album Without Listening To It?

Not knowing what I’m talking about has probably been a hindrance in ways I am blessedly unaware of, but ultimately, my being wildly wrong about anything and everything hurts no one, not even me.

How Do We Live With Our Elders?

Are we in it together if someone refuses the context needed to see this thing changed?