After four long years, Against Me! returns with what is arguably the band’s most interesting - and most important - work to date. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is not only an addition to the anthology of the band’s unique and always-exhilarating style of punk rock, but is the band’s first release since front-lady Laura Jane Grace came out as being a transgendered individual.
As the title of the album implies, TDB is a both a reflection and celebration of Laura’s recognition of who she is. The album is unique in that it provides a voice for gendered variation in a genre of music where such voices aren’t heard enough. The above track is the first of the album and shares its name. Give it a listen.
Ok, so it’s been a couple days since I posted an awesome Christmas song, formally ending my “10 Days of Awesome Christmas Music” extravaganza. Sorry - I got busy!
But I still got music to share, and share the music is what I intend to do! Today we got what is honestly one of my favourite holiday songs; a Jimmy Eat World cover of “Last Christmas.” This one’s killer folks, check it out.
The Used of the early-2000s remains as some of the best post-hardcore/emo/screamo ever created - seriously, go back and listen to 2002’s self-titled effort and 2004’s In Love and Death - this stuff still holds up.
"Alone This Holiday" is from this seminal era of the band, off of the 2003 EP Maybe Memories.
For those of you who were really into The Used back in their teenage years, this post is for you.
In the 10 days leading up to Christmas I intend to post one song each day from my “Best Damn Christmas Compilation 2013” CD mix.
Day one features what is quite possibly my favourite song on the mix. It’s late-nineties No-Doubt (aka the best No Doubt), covering a Vandals cover of “Joy To the World,” in all their ska-punk glory - enjoy!
All the Canadian Best Buys had a promotion last week where customers could trade in ANY previously used Xbox 360/PS3/Wii game for a brand new copy of Assassins Creed IV, Battlefield 4, and/or Call of Duty: Ghosts. They're up to something man...
Yeah, it’s called “OH GOD PLEASE COME INTO OUR STORES WE’LL BUY YOUR CRAP OFF OF YOU JUST PLEASE BUY SOMETHING AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO COME HERE HEY WE HAVE A DRINK COOLER GET A VIDEO GAME AND A CHERRY COKE ZERO AT THE SAME TIME WE GOT BLU-RAYS!!!!!”
I just discovered The Thermals recently, as I searched for the awesome outro song that plays at the end of Citizen Radio podcasts.
I feel a little bad for having just discovered this track/band. This song is 7 years old and, needless to say, 16 year old me would have been all about this shit. I guess this is a case of ‘better late than never.’
If you’re like me and haven’t heard a good pop-punk song in years - check The Thermals out - one of the few bands from the early-aughts pop punk era that are still producing (good) music!
An article I contributed to the University of Toronto’s Public Policy and Governance Review online blog. Discussing the legal and moral questions surrounding the controversial proliferation and use of aerial drones in combat operations by the United States.