Category: Music

The Top 5 “Punk” Records Of 2014…So Far

Parquet Courts

What is “Punk Rock” in 2014? It’s all circumstantial, and somewhere there’s a guy listening to Pissed Jeans who thinks this is corporate and bullshit. For me though, it’s always been an attitude and an aesthetic. These are five records that exemplify that for me this year. They all deserve your ear for different reasons.

5. The Menzingers – Rented World


The Menzingers crafted a classic in 2012 with “On The Impossible Past“. This is not that. However, there is enough raw energy and passion on “Rented World” to remind me what makes them so special. Thoughtful, aggressive, clever, and shoutable.

4. Together Pangea – Badillac


Badillac” is a complete album, that at its best sounds like 60’s pop that got corrupted in a L.A. garage

3. PUP – PUP


PUP is young, energetic, and ready to kick you in the face…but with melody. Squint through the sheer power of PUP to hear the impressive guitar work.

2. Joyce Manor –  Never Hungover Again


At just 19 minutes, Joyce Manor‘s latest offering is sincere and open. It’s the record that your sister’s favorite pop punk band might grow up to make. It’s the band at it’s most polished, but they don’t ever lose the charm of a sweaty DIY show in a basement bar. I can’t stop listening to it.

1. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal


I’m still bursting with compliments for “Sunbathing Animal“. It’s just such a smart record…and weird at times, in the most impressive ways. While most of the others on the list are mostly one note, Parquet Courts sound dips into so many different directions. All feels effortless. I think Lou Reed would approve. Look no further then the song “Sunbathing Animal” to realize we are dealing with something bigger than the typical shout-a-long.

One creature I return to, one habit I neglect
I cannot slow the pace at which I yearn
Frank and unabashed I become a frozen servant
Smiling asking nothing in return
Fang-tooth woman foaming at the mouth as she addressed me
Not with moving lips, but with the rabid wild arresting
Words not yet intended to identify emotion
Scrawling bold and oblique in my head
I’ve hung out at your service jobs
I’ve watched you, waited and be ignored
Bled into the clatter, as they sipped at what you poured
I cling to your perimeter as you float in their margins
Oblivious to being stung, there satellite becomes my son
I’ve flown into that trap before
When things have gotten dark
In the depths of strangers glances lies the most ferocious spark

Parquet Courts is something special. It’s a moment. It’s what is cool about rock music. Go write about it in your Moleskine.

Interview: Chris Carrabba @ North Star Bar

Chris Carrabba

I’ve been lucky enough to interview a lot of people, but rarely have I gotten to speak with someone who’s music has meant as much to me as that of Chris Carrabba. Dashboard Confessional soundtracked an important part of who I was when I first heard “The Swiss Army Romance“. While the world was getting sun tattoos and listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I felt as though I found something deeper, and more true. It was alright to not only wear hearts on sleeves, but to own it and scream it.

All that being said, Chris hit Philadelphia with his new band Twin Forks on Friday, who in their own right are bursting with passion and possibilities. Before the show we had a chance to sit down and talk about the evolution of Dashboard Confessional and the new road ahead for Twin Forks.


Interview: Misterwives And Little Daylight @ Firefly Music Festival


And on the final day, we had ladies.

This year we closed out our Firefly Music Festival experience with two very cool bands out of New York City. First up we talk tents with Misterwives, then do a tick check with our friends in Little Daylight.



Little Daylight