Just for Fun, I Guess

Just for Fun, I Guess

Aimee Mann is not known for blistering guitar solos. Neither is Tim Heidecker, a comedian who is only barely known for music at all. Yet somehow these two wrote “Soon Enough,” the third single from Mann’s 2012 release Charmer, a song that, as far as I’m concerned, exists solely to give birth to a searing, scorching [...]

I’m Not a Real Doctor

I’m Not a Real Doctor

We need to take a few steps to get caught up to the present. In 1976, Kiss released Rock and Roll All Over which featured “Calling Dr. Love,” a song about a “doctor” who suggests that he can cure his patients with the magical healing powers of his penis. Fascinated by the absurdity of this (excessively creepy) premise, alternative/temporarily-ska [...]

Meant to Be a Hero

Meant to Be a Hero

I understand why Oscar-bait films are often slow and brooding and filled with misfortune and misanthropes: That style allows all the meta-textual material to be dumped right out in the open. No one is watching Schindler’s List and wondering what the film thinks about war and heroism, you know? Superhero movies are … not that. They’re big [...]

Not Our Love

Not Our Love

NOFX takes a fair amount of shit for being a joke band, a pejorative way of branding a band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously as a band that can’t be taken seriously. That’s a mistake. Sure, Fat Mike sings about clams (not) having feelings, has portrayed himself as a literal clown, and has spent his entire [...]

Breathing In

Breathing In

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite newsletter writers suggested that they weren't necessarily burnt out, they just didn't want to do much of anything for a while. I guess you could argue that's exactly what burn out feels like but it doesn't really matter what you call it, because the important thing is [...]