Fire and Fury: 7 Kick-Ass Songs About the Business of Music

Fire and Fury: 7 Kick-Ass Songs About the Business of Music

If you've ever found yourself wishing that your favorite bands had written more songs about the infuriating, restrictive bureaucracy of the music industry then ... well, there might be something wrong with you. But in spite of the fact that business is usually, at best, a necessary evil for most musicians, it does occasionally inspire [...]

The Best Albums of 2015

The Best Albums of 2015

For a few years I was lucky enough to work as a staff writer at Type In Stereo where I got to voice all my strange and needlessly in-depth opinions about music. It was a great time. So I'm happy to announce that some of my fellow writers from Type In Stereo are dusting off their [...]

Something to Believe

Something to Believe

Alliance Commander: "Seems odd you’d name your ship after a battle you were on the wrong side of." Malcolm Reynolds: "May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one." Firefly, ‘Bushwacked’ --- When we lost Gatsbys American Dream after their self-titled album in 2006, they were - in their own [...]

What’s It Worth?

What’s It Worth?

During the summer of 1999 I spent an inordinate amount of time inside, hiding from the heat by playing a computer game called Total Annihilation and listening to Silverchair's Neon Ballroom on repeat. I learned about Silverchair when I saw the video for 'Ana's Song (Open Fire)', a grinding confessional about singer Daniel Johns' battle with [...]

Memento

Memento

In a critical scene of the film Memento, recall-challenged anti-hero Leonard Shelby laments the failings of memory. “Memory's unreliable,” he says. “Memory's not perfect, it's not even that good...[it] can change the shape of a room, it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not [...]

The Honesty of Hares and Bears

After the splintering of my beloved Gatsbys American Dream, its members went off to participate in a variety of diverse projects - Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Search/Rescue and Places and Numbers, to name a few - but only a handful of those acts ever released any actual albums, and only one of those releases prominently featured Gatsbys' [...]

My Top Ten Albums of 2009

2009 was a solid (if unspectacular) year for music, marked by two masterful (if not transcendent) albums and a whole slew of decent-to-good records. For some reason unbeknownst to me, nearly every band that released an album in 2009 released some variety of pop-album, even bands that had never before ventured into those sugary waters [...]