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Q&A: Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham On Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Polaris Prize, Music Grants, And Following Up David Comes To Life

Every year, a panel of Canadian music critics awards the prestigious Polaris Music Prize to one album of surpassing merit. They do this in a grand, corporate-sponsored ceremony, and it’s a big deal. This year, the Polaris panel pulled a bit of an unexpected move, giving the award to Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, the crushing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Fucked Up – “Inside A Frame” Video

The brand-new video for “Inside A Frame,” one of the prime ragers from Fucked Up’s great 2011 album David Comes To Life, mostly takes place at a tough-kid dance-crew choreography practice, and it’s pure melodrama. It’s also a nice indication that the makers of the next Step Up movie should seriously throw a Fucked U… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2012 - 8:57 am

Top 10 Rock Operas That Deserve A Stage Adaptation

The world has come a long way since the Who released Tommy in 1969. Tomorrow night, a stage adaptation of the Flaming Lips’ seminal 2002 rock opera Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots will premiere at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. It’s not Broadway, but it is an indicator that the era of the rock opera… More »

By: Joseph Schafer / November 5, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Fun Fun Fun Fest: The Rest Of Our Photos: Fucked Up, Superchunk, A Place To Bury Strangers, And More

Well, the fun is officially over — Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 concluded yesterday with sets from Fucked Up, Japandroids, Deerhoof, Ceremony, Fang Island, Turbonegro, A Place To Bury Strangers, and like 30 other bands. We’ve got pics in the gallery from Sunday’s sets — courtesy of Trent Maxwell — with Linda Flores’s shots of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 5, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Parental Advisory: Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham

Parental Advisory is a new feature on Stereogum where we’ll talk to musicians who also happen to be parents. It can’t be easy to raise kids from a tour-bus bunk, or to explain to your toddler why random people keep walking up to you and asking if you want to get high with them, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 2, 2012 - 8:00 am

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012

Ever since I was old enough to complain, my dad took great pleasure in the act of dragging my always-resistant ass to music festivals. A summer full of glorious music for him meant a summer full of unstifled groans from me. His taste in music back then — folk, folk, and nothing but folk –… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 4:52 pm

CrimSane (Feat. Damian Abraham) – “ChinaFastGrow” (Demo)

Fucked Up are taking a quick break at the moment, and the band’s members are working on their own projects, like guitarist Ben Cook’s Young Guv And The Scuzz. Frontman Damian Abraham, meanwhile, has his own thing going: A “kushcore” band called CrimSane, which also features Matt Delong of No Warning and Violent Minds. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2012 - 9:42 am

Young Guv And The Scuzz – “Heal Over Time”

Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook — who sometimes dabbles under the Young Governor moniker — recently switched up his sideproject’s name to Young Guv And The Scuzz as he preps for a new 12”. Here’s a cut from that affair, a sugared-up power pop rush called “Heal Over Time.” Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 1, 2012 - 10:04 am

Can We End This Fucked Up/Katy Perry Meme?

Last week, Katy Perry released her “Part Of Me” video, in which she plays a Marine, sort of. Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham, who evidently did not like the video, Tweeted, “Seeing Katy Perry as a soldier in ‘Part Of Me’ really makes me think that we need to start a war so she ca… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Fucked Up – “Year Of The Tiger”

Toronto punks Fucked Up are an ambitious bunch, and that’s probably the most evident in their series of Chinese Zodiac singles. Every year, the band releases a single to mark the year on the Chinese calendar, and these songs are typically long, elaborately orchestrated affairs, sometimes with some prominent collaborators. Today, Fucked Up releases it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2012 - 11:39 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums Of 2011

It’s been fun, but now it’s time to wrap up the Gummy Awards with the big final list: your picks for the year’s top 10 albums! And the final result is: You guys more or less agree with us! Every album in your top 10 appeared in our top 50, most of them near the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 21, 2011 - 11:23 am

Fucked Up, Norah Jones Play Anthony Bourdain’s Holiday Special

Epicurean celeb-chef Anthony Bourdain’s annual head-trip of a holiday special aired a couple of nights ago, and it featured a couple of musical moments that rivaled Das Racist’s tripped-out appearance from last year’s show. This year’s special ended with Fucked Up giving a characteristically bellowy rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Also, in one deeply inexplicable moment,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 14, 2011 - 9:44 am

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011

We’re deep enough into Listmas to know which albums to expect on year-end roll calls, and how to identify something approximating an outlier. SPIN’s list of the year’s best LPs gives proper props to often overlooked records like The Men’s Leave Home, Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1979, and Azari & III, keeps Bon Iver and Drake… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 12, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Fucked Up – “Turn The Season” Video

Because they put out one of the best albums of the year, we’re going to give Fucked Up a pass for video-encompassing nonchalance in the clip for “Turn The Season.” It was apparently shot during the initial photo session for David Comes To Life, so that explains all the cameras and ballerinas and non-smiles from… More »

By: Corban Goble / December 12, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Fucked Up – “I Hate Summer”

Toronto punkers Fucked Up, quite possibly the best active band on the face of the planet, are the headliners of next February’s floating punk-rock festival the Bruise Cruise, and frontman Damian Abraham is also serving as cruise director, whatever that could possibly mean. (An informed guess: It will involve professional wrestling in some capacity.) And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Azari & III, Damian Abraham Model Mishka

The New York clothing company Mishka has already earned a certain place in my heart for distributing great rap mixtapes like Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s Lost In Translation, Main Attrakionz’ 808s & Dark Grapes II, and Stalley’s Lincoln Way Nights. Now, the company deepens its musical connection with a new promo video in which musicians like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 9, 2011 - 5:23 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Well, this turned out to be pretty easy. The single best video of the year dropped into our collective lap last night, and we’re still reeling from it. There are four other music videos in this post, but nobody will blame you if you just opt to watch “Countdown” a bunch of times in a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Fucked Up – “Do You Feed” Video

Earlier this year, around the same time they released their massive rock opera David Comes To Life, Fucked Up also dropped a companion piece called David’s Town, a fake compilation in which the band portrayed a number of different era-specific fictional British punk bands. One of those tracks, “Do You Feed” (credited to fake band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t

Tonight, as anyone who’s been near a TV in the past month already knows, the much-hyped Fox singing-competition show The X Factor makes its debut. The Americanized version of the hit British show might be new to us, but then again, it’s not really new to us. Simon Cowell is the man responsible for putting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 6:27 pm