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 [...]

Mystic Stuff: The Two Best Albums of 2019

Mystic Stuff: The Two Best Albums of 2019

"I hope you're doing fine on your own," sings Stefan Babcock on "See You At Your Funeral," the shockingly catchy centerpiece of Morbid Stuff, the third LP from Canadian punk rockers PUP. If that seems like a pleasant sentiment, know that, characteristically, it's not. "'Cause after everything we've been through," he continues, "you better hope [...]

Ownership & Identity: A Tale of Punk Rock, Hipsterism and Selling Out

Musicians just want people to hear their music. But it's rarely ever that simple. Musical culture dictates that all sorts of social constructs get laid over the top of who likes what, and which labels can be applied to which bands. If you can't think of any examples off the top of your head, let me point [...]