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Fucked Up – “Year Of The Hare” Video

The latest single in Fucked Up’s long-running, expansive, experimental Zodiac project is “Year Of The Hare,” a wide-ranging 20-minute epic. We’ve posted the awesomely psychedelic and sludgy B-side “California Cold,” itself a pretty huge bite at eight minutes. But the main event is “Year Of The Hare” itself, and you can now hear it i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2015 - 10:36 am

Hear Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham Interview Metz’s Chris Slorach

If you aren’t listening to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham’s Turned Out A Punk podcast, you totally should be. Once a week, Abraham brings talks to some musical luminary about growing up within punk rock and how it’s affected their lives, and Abraham gets deep and nerdy about specific bands and records. The conversations with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Tegan And Sara, Fucked Up, Metric, Metz Appear In Toronto Indie Rock Video Game

Loud On Planet X is a new music-themed video game from Pop Sandbox, an indie gaming studio based in Toronto. The synopsis is essentially this: Players are transported to a distant planet, where they play music to counteract alien attacks. It’s kind of like Rock Band-meets-Guitar Hero in space. The game developers have been working… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 5, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Fucked Up – “California Cold” (Stereogum Premiere)

Once a year or thereabouts, the great Fucked Up release a new 12″ single in their Zodiac series. All those singles feature long, adventurous songs inspired by the years of the Chinese calendar. Their latest is the 20-minute “Year Of The Hare,” and it’s the seventh in the series. The single is out in June,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Young Guv – “Ripe 4 Luv” Video

On the side, the Fucked Up guitarist and former No Warning frontman Ben Cook records shivery, synthy power pop under the name Young Guv. He released his Ripe 4 Luv album a little while ago. The new video for the title track, from director Danielle Nemet, is made entirely of black-and-white footage of British boxer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Stream Young Guv Ripe 4 Luv

Ben Cook plays guitar in Fucked Up, and he’s also the former frontman of the beloved Toronto hardcore band No Warning, who have played a few reunion shows lately. On his own, though, Cook makes music that has little, if anything, to do with hardcore. Cook’s solo side project Young Guv specializes in a light,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Young Guv – “Crawling Back To You” (Stereogum Premiere)

Young Guv is the alter ego of Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook, and while he shreds majestically at his day job, his solo work is decidedly lighter and poppier. His latest album, Ripe 4 Luv, is due in March, and we’ve already heard two excellent (and very different) singles: the smoothly funky, Kaputt-esque “Wrong Crowd“… More »

By: Peter Helman / February 26, 2015 - 10:58 am

Young Guv – “Wrong Crowd”

Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook has been released solo material as Young Governor and Young Guv And The Scuzz. On his latest LP for Slumberland, Ripe 4 Luv, he’s shortened his moniker to Young Guv. Lead single “Wrong Crowd” is a seven-minute sax-laden lite-pop tune in the vein of latter-day Destroyer or Nicholas Krgovich. Writte… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 13, 2015 - 11:56 am

Antwon – “Kyocera” (Prod. Cities Aviv)

If you aren’t listening to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham’s Turned Out A Punk podcast, you probably should be. It’s a series of conversations with fascinating creative types about their experiences growing up with punk and hardcore, and these people have some stories. In the most recent episode, Abraham talks with Antwon, the L.A.-based rapper… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Hear An Unreleased Broken Social Scene Song & A 17-Minute Italian Opera From Fucked Up On Broadsheet Music: A Year In Review

As a way to make some sort of artistic sense out of the year we just had, the Canadian newspaper The Globe And Mail recently teamed up with the Canadian Opera Company and the indie label Arts & Crafts to share a six-song compilation called Broadsheet Music: A Year In Review. The compilation features Canadia… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 9:33 am

Hear Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham Interview Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves

Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham has only been doing Turned Out A Punk, the podcast where he interviews people about their backgrounds in punk rock, for a month, but it’s been a total blast. Abraham is a great conversationalist with a weird steel-trap memory for punk trivia, and all the conversations he’s had have bee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2014 - 11:57 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hear Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara & Richard Reed Parry On Damian Abraham’s Podcast

Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham has released his second installment of Turned Out A Punk, the podcast in which he talks with fellow punk-enthusiasts. This week he sat down with Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara and Richard Reed Parry to talk about growing up listening to punk, shows they’ve loved, and secret crushes on Paul Rudd. The… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / November 19, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham Launches Podcast

Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham has already proven his acumen as a TV host via his erstwhile MuchMusic series The Wedge. Now he’s turning his attention to podcasting. Abraham’s posted on Instagram that each week on his new series Turned Out A Punk “I’ll talk to people from all walks of life with one thing… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014 - 11:28 am

Watch Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham Moderate A Toronto Mayoral Debate

Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham is a larger-than-life hardcore bellower known for getting naked and bleeding onstage. (He is also, full disclosure, my friend.) He is not the first person you’d expect to see playing a prominent role in local Toronto politics. And yet, he spend yesterday afternoon moderating his city’s mayoral debate. Yesterday at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2014 - 10:28 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham To Moderate Toronto Mayoral Debate

Damian Abraham is the singer for Fucked Up and a good friend, but he’s also a civic-minded Torontonian. And later this month, he’ll moderate a debate that will feature many of the people currently running for his city’s highest elected office. The Toronto mayoral arts debate, and it goes down noon 9/29 at TIFF Bell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 11, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Fucked Up – “The Art Of Patrons” Video

“The Art Of Patrons” is one of many songs on Fucked Up’s fantastic Glass Boys that deals with the ideological whiplash of staying punk while growing old and getting famous. As explained in Tom’s great Fucked Up profile, one of the complicating factors rattling around Damian Abraham’s consciousness is his status as a family man,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 5, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Watch The Trailer For Fucked Up Frontman Damian Abraham’s Weed Documentary

Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham was proudly straight-edge for most of his adulthood, but a few years ago, he decided that the anti-anxiety medication he’d been taking wasn’t working for him, and he decided to try something else. In almost no time at all, Abraham (who is, full disclosure, my friend) became the biggest stoner… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 8, 2014 - 10:51 am
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