Thirty-year-old former emo kids still haven’t found it in
their hearts to forgive Weezer for its last decade of music. Many fans
threw 2001’s Green Album under the bus for being a bombastic
I’m sorry, but “supergroup” is not a term you can just nonchalantly throw around. It implies an often short-lived collaboration among high-caliber musicians from other bands, a nexus of sheer awesomeness and asskicking the likes of which the world will never see again. Cream was a supergroup, as is Them Crooked Vultures and Portland’s own Wild Flag. Yet, despite my reservations, the ...
By the time you read this, I will be in Los Angeles. I think I’m going to stay there a while. So this marks the end of my 13-month attempt to keep tabs on Portland punk rock. My first impulse was to write a long essay about how fucking punk my navel is, but I’ve done a lot of that since last August, and rest assured my self-involvement comes into play plenty in the appreciations that follow. Instead ...
[POP SONGS] I don’t think I ask too much of pop songs. I
want them to physically move me and say something interesting or clever.
In fact, if a song can do one of those two things well, I’ll tak