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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 »

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 »

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 »

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New Fucked Up – “Twice Born”

The new Fucked Up’s really good. (I’m still digesting it, so hard to say if it tops Hidden World, but it definitely gives it a run…) As mentioned when posting “No Epiphany,” The Chemistry of Common Life’s a collection of lush, kick-ass wall-of-sound hardcore rock ‘n’ roll that adds flute, horns, organs, and ambient/fuzzy instrumental… More »

By: brandon / September 2, 2008 - 12:30 pm

New Fucked Up – “No Epiphany”

Toronto’s Fucked Up are longtime favorites, even after guitarist Mike Haliechuk, aka 10,000 Marbles, punked me. Honestly, that shit’s part of the charm. Beyond their playful “fuck you” attitude and old-school hardcore politics, they make great music: Hidden World was one of the best albums of 2006, and they’ve done a lot of good since… More »

By: brandon / July 7, 2008 - 10:02 am

Quit Your Day Job: Fucked Up

Fucked Up are one of my favorites. From their occasionally bloody, always ecstatic live shows and smart-ass/smart politics to the fist-pumpers packed onto Hidden World and the charged, sex-workers’s-rights epic “Year Of The Pig,” the Toronto hardcore quintet (sometimes sextet, etc.) nail the things that move me most about music. (How did Pink Eyes not… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2007 - 1:05 pm

SXSW: Friday In Austin

Despite the excellent lineups all over town, our daylight hours on Friday had been spoken for well before we made the trek to SouthBy (and particularly after spending Thursday systematically missing a bunch of the acts we’d hoped to see); Pitchfork assembled a stellar bill at the Emo’s complex — including RJD2 (with… More »

By: Stereogum / March 19, 2007 - 9:44 am
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