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Morrissey Releases Statement About Manchester Arena Attack

Manchester, England is one of modern music's most historically significant cities, in no small part because it gave us the Smiths. ("Oh Manchester, so much…
Michael Nelson | May 23, 2017 - 3:22 pm


Bloodclot – “Kali”

Bloodclot qualify as a "supergroup" by just about every practical standard. Their bassist, Nick Oliveri, started his career as a member of Kyuss, and after…
Michael Nelson | May 19, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Body Count – “The Ski Mask Way” Video

I can't think of any album released this year that caught me off guard as violently as Body Count's Bloodlust. I honestly did not expect…
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2017 - 5:59 pm

Elder – “Staving Off Truth”

I already penned a lengthy appreciation of Elder's upcoming fourth LP, Reflections Of A Floating World, when we premiered its lead single, "The Falling Veil,"
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2017 - 10:33 am

Watch At The Drive In Tear Up The Stage On Kimmel

At The Drive In's brand-new comeback LP, in·ter a·li·a, is kind of a dud, but goddamn those guys can still burn down a stage. They…
Michael Nelson | May 12, 2017 - 10:57 am


Hundredth – “Youth”

There's this documentary that came out maybe 15 years ago called Between Resistance & Community: The Long Island DIY Punk Scene. Like its subject matter,…
Michael Nelson | May 11, 2017 - 11:00 am


Elder – “The Falling Veil”

I follow about 200 skateboarders and skate brands on Instagram, and my absolute favorite thing to do on my phone is scroll through that feed…
Michael Nelson | May 5, 2017 - 12:21 pm

What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?

People are always getting down on Justin Bieber for wearing vintage rock T-shirts because, it is assumed, Justin Bieber doesn't actually like Nirvana or Metallica
Michael Nelson | May 4, 2017 - 6:12 pm

Inter Arma – “The Paradise Gallows” Video

It was almost a year ago to the day that we first premiered "The Paradise Gallows," the lead single and title track from Inter Arma's…
Michael Nelson | May 2, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless

Heartless landed in my inbox on the 16th of December, in the late afternoon. This was five days before the winter solstice -- the shortest…
Michael Nelson | March 23, 2017 - 10:27 am

Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”

At this point, I think it's pretty safe to say Weezer are never gonna give us another Pinkerton, and if you want to hear an…
Michael Nelson | March 16, 2017 - 9:06 am

Body Count – “No Lives Matter”

There aren't too many metal bands whose voices seem especially relevant at this particular moment in history -- I talked about this late last year,…
Michael Nelson | February 17, 2017 - 2:11 pm

Worst Presidency By A Duo Or Group: All The Political Statements Made At The 2017 Grammys

The Grammys' long-dubious cultural relevance shrivels further with each passing year, and in 2017, the awards ceremony seems hilariously unfit to wear its own self-proclaimed…
Michael Nelson | February 12, 2017 - 8:48 pm


AFI – “Get Hurt”

The career of California death-punk quartet AFI can be broken into two pretty distinct chapters. There's the AFI that existed from 1995-2002, during which time…
Michael Nelson | January 12, 2017 - 11:00 am

Stream Krallice Prelapsarian

Brooklyn's Krallice are one of the most unique and uncompromising bands in metal today. They're heavy as hell. They're insanely technically adept. Their compositional structures…
Michael Nelson | December 21, 2016 - 9:49 am

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Haha, man, I hate watching the bail videos for the same reason I love watching the final edits: I am every bit as viscerally connected when they hit the fucking asphalt as I am when they land a trick, so I'll sometimes actually gasp in pain when I see that shit. But if this dude lands this trick ONCE it's gonna be an all-time highlight and it's going to look fucking amazing and gravity-defying and mind-blowing when the video comes out. I'd say it's impossible but he came so close that I think he actually could pull it off if he doesn't paralyze himself trying. (And then, once he lands it, everybody else has gotta think up/pull off something crazier.) That said, this trick is so insane that even the slam reel might be an all-time highlight. I don't really go for tricks like this because they seem a little gimmicky, but goddamn that full-body flip is NUTS, and to just keep dusting off and doing it again and again after crashing like that a dozen or more times? I don't even understand how the human body is capable of that.
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May 5, 2017 on Elder – “The Falling Veil”
I realize this is just a Merboy-bot meme at this point, but honestly: Moz, plz consider this sage bit of advice.
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May 5, 2017 on Morrissey: Mainstream Media Won’t Admit Marine Le Pen Won French Election Debate
I mean, just to watch the best skaters and the most interesting videos, I'd say Thrasher is the most essential, then like the Berrics, RIDE Channel, Skate Crunch, Transworld, and the Skate Nerd are all great. If you just followed those you'd see a ton of amazing stuff, and they all tag the featured skaters and brands and video sources in their posts, so if you see anybody whose style you really like, you can follow them too. A lot of them cross-post so you don't need to follow a million accounts, I just like to do that because as I said I'll just sit there for an hour and watch every video, so I don't really care if there are redundancies or if my feed gets clogged with that stuff. But I realize most rational people would get annoyed/infuriated by that.
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May 5, 2017 on Elder – “The Falling Veil”
I just watched this video, and I felt it really illustrated something I was saying in the 2nd graf of my writeup. Jesus.
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May 5, 2017 on Elder – “The Falling Veil”
Man, if you even knew the half of it. But I appreciate the kind words. (On the other hand, as above re: Dan, I feel I should be personally offended by YBB's response to this comment, even though he ALSO merely shared an objectively true statement of fact.)
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May 5, 2017 on What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?
Actually when I first started thinking about how I was gonna write this, it was entirely in comparison to Pallbearer, but after I spent some time with this album, I felt like that didn't really work, because these dudes are just blazing almost the whole time at 250 MPH while Pallbearer play these really grand, stately songs at elegiac tempos. That said, I can definitely see the comparison and I spent a week turning over the comparison in my head, trying to figure out how to phrase it. But they're really more like Earthless but with vocals and songs, or Torche but with crazy arrangements and sicker guitar work. (Both those bands had music licensed by skate brands to soundtrack videos, incidentally, relating to my metaphor up top.) FWIW, I think the song lengths on Reflections actually exceed those on Heartless, which is truly insane considering how hard these guys are going. I love 'em both, and I'm fucking stoked as hell to write about them.
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May 5, 2017 on Elder – “The Falling Veil”
From Stereogum's Slack, April 12, 2017:
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May 5, 2017 on Elder – “The Falling Veil”
BTW I don't just mean that's the same shirt, generally, that Bieber is wearing (altho it definitely is), I mean I'm pretty sure that is literally the exact item of fabric on Justin Bieber's body.
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May 5, 2017 on What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?
Sorry I shoulda clarified that. First off, there are more shots here: https://www.morrissey-solo.com/threads/justin-bieber-wearing-the-smiths-yesterday.140095/ You could have made that, sure, but in fact no new issues of that shirt and/or bootlegs are being printed with that particular design. Do a search, you'll see. Also, this is gonna sound totally insane, but there's a very small community of people who sell and buy these things, and I happen to be part of that community, so I know just about everybody else. I know (by reputation) the guy who procures these shirts for Bieber, and I know he doesn't fuck with unofficial or new gear. I'm also pretty sure I know where that guy got that shirt initially, and if I'm right, then I'm pretty friendly with his source, and THAT guy ALSO doesn't fuck with unofficial or new gear. I'm just about 100% positive this is the shirt Bieber is wearing: http://www.defunkd.com/product/TH1452487536/the-smiths-queen-is-dead-vintage-t-shirt-morrissey No joke, there's like probably less than 25 of us in the whole world who seriously follow this stuff, and there aren't that many of the old shirts in circulation. That one is legit.
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May 5, 2017 on What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?
Great question. I have indeed seen this shirt, and you are correct in assuming that my immediate reaction was to hit "Buy It Now." But I held off. Why? Because I own at least a dozen Morrissey/Smiths shirts already, and I have, like, enough black metal shirts to fill a warehouse. This is a slight exaggeration, but I'm confident the total is approaching quadruple digits, if not beyond that point. I don't even know what to do with them. It's becoming an issue. ANYWAY, given all the competing options, I couldn't figure out when I'd wear this particular garment, especially because I don't get much mileage out of my Taylor Swift black metal shirt (which I actually DO own). null
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May 4, 2017 on What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?
My friend, lest we forget: http://www.stereogum.com/1682634/watch-miley-cyrus-cover-the-smiths/video/
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May 4, 2017 on What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?
I feel like I should be personally offended by this for some reason, although objectively what you are saying is 100% accurate.
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May 4, 2017 on What Is Justin Bieber’s Favorite Smiths Song Do You Think?
It requires special code that no blogger is gonna bother with (except us), a fact that is probably dawning on the band right about...now. You have no idea how much joy this brings me.
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April 27, 2017 on What If We Told You Fall Out Boy’s New Song Is Built Around Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again”
Honestly one of my favorite songs/bands of all time. You just lodged this motherfucker in my head for the rest of the day, and as soon as the day is over, I'm gonna be blasting this album the whole way home. Thank you.
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April 26, 2017 on R.I.P. Jonathan Demme
Yeah, the only people who will be walled-out are Freemium users, and even then only for like two weeks or something. If you're a paying subscriber, you're covered. The idea is to convert more people to paying subscribers because the royalty payouts are much higher. I think it's a risky gambit but probably a necessary one.
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April 20, 2017 on Spotify Will Now Let Indie Labels Put Albums Behind A Paywall
Yep, he is one of the lovable lads from Liverpool. There's also Larry Mullen Sr.'s son...
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April 14, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Oh man that ep. When he dials up the Cheers theme? Just leaves me in tears every time.
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April 14, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments