Sunday Music: “Three Hundred” By The Stereo

The first time you hear Rory Phillips as a member of The Stereo, he’s talking about being a young adult, getting woken up in the middle of the night by a girl he’s (unrequitedly, at that moment) in love with, and how she wants to go bowling.   Teenage luck. To a poppy punk soundtrack. From … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Three Hundred” By The Stereo

Podcast Of The Week: The Stereo, The Kings of No Hope, And The Therapy Of Getting Older

I’m fascinated by the in-between bands. The ones who were a few years early and a few years too late all at once. The Stereo is one of those bands. I could almost forget they were there. But then you hear a song, from 4 years before or 4 years after, and you say, “Oh … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Stereo, The Kings of No Hope, And The Therapy Of Getting Older

Podcast Of The Week: Outputs > Outcomes (Chris Distefano Edition)

Mike Birbiglia asked a comedy club manager for an example of a comedian who wasn’t funny at all when they started, but now is famous for being funny. She answered quickly and without hesitation, “Chris Distefano.” She said he wasn’t funny at all when he started, but now is funny “times a million.”  When he … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Outputs > Outcomes (Chris Distefano Edition)

My Favorite Movie Quote (A Gut Reaction That Surprised Me)

I was doing an interview that had a set of rapid-fire questions at the end. I had a list of questions to prepare with. I just didn’t realize they were examples and not the real questions. Oops. Nothing like panic-pressure in the moment to unlock the deepest recesses of your brain.  Amidst “favorite food” and … Continue reading My Favorite Movie Quote (A Gut Reaction That Surprised Me)

The Time Joey Ramone And His Mom Went On Geraldo

I should save this for Mother’s Day, but I just can’t.  In a segment titled “Heavy Metal Moms” (I know, I know, just sigh it out and keep going), Geraldo asks questions to Charlotte Lesher, Joey Ramone’s mom, about songs like “Beat On The Brat.”  Pause for a second and ask yourself - what do … Continue reading The Time Joey Ramone And His Mom Went On Geraldo

Sunday Music: Rationalizing Glitterer’s “Rationale” (While Absolutely Loving This Record)

Seeing Glitterer live in the leadup to this release - I’ve been really excited for it. You know when you can see growth, as an iteration on the past without reiterating the past? That was the vibe. There’s no Title Fight rehashing here, but there is a band again, and most importantly - there’s the … Continue reading Sunday Music: Rationalizing Glitterer’s “Rationale” (While Absolutely Loving This Record)

Sunday Music: Alvvays’ “Very Online Guy”

Today in Canadian indie-pop I can’t get out of my head - Alvvays’ song, “Very Online Guy.”  Somewhere in between the out-of-time synths and shoe-gazingly fuzzed-out guitars, there’s a commentary on life and relationships in the 2020s.  The meta-awareness of what we project, of who we are in private, and how any of us are … Continue reading Sunday Music: Alvvays’ “Very Online Guy”