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Blake Schwarzenbach – “Sanity Is Waiting”

While everyone’s still waiting for a Jawbreaker reunion (and getting confused by Jawbreaker Reunion), ex-Jawbreaker/Jets To Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach has just shared a really lovely new solo track, “Sanity Is Waiting.” Tendrils of guitar and subtle electronics gently entwine under Schwarzenbach’s understatedly emotive vocals and some cryptic but lyrical spoken word passages, coalescing into… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 21, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Jawbreaker – “Boxcar” Video

No, it’s not a Jawbreaker reunion (at least not yet, anyway), but the band has shared a video for “Boxcar,” a track off their third LP 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, which turned 20 earlier this year. The video is made up of unreleased footage shot by one of the band members in San Francisco’s Missio… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2014 - 2:19 pm

30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo

Ask anyone old enough to drink what they think emo is, and you’ll get about as many different responses as people willing to answer. They’ll just about all be right, too (if is any kind of reference, anyway). Everyone’s nebulous identification and loose understanding of the genre is both its best and worst quality… More »

By: Patric Fallon / July 22, 2014 - 10:18 am

The 10 Best Jawbreaker Songs

I have three tattoos. There’s a treeish thing on my calf that doesn’t really bother me, and another on my back so unmentionably bad it shall remain undescribed in any public forum as long as I draw breath. My favorite sits on my wrist: a cross made of four F’s — all dark lines, symmetry,… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / November 30, 2012 - 12:41 pm

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 3:33 pm

The Mountain Goats Cover Jawbreaker

Representing different, but intertwining sections of my life/record collection, Mountain Goats and Jawbreaker cassettes got a lot of wear in my teenage boombox. They’ve come together magically via AV Club’s Undercover series. Makes perfect sense. Darnielle & Co. tackle “Boxcar” from 1994’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. “1-2-3-4: Who’s punk, what’s the score?,” etc. More »

By: brandon / June 7, 2011 - 11:17 am

Thorns Of Life @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock 1/23/09

There’s no shortage of Blake Schwarzenbach respect around here, so when we found out the man’s new band with Aaron Cometbus and Daniela Sea (of L Word fame) were playing a few shows in L.A. we tried to atone for missing that one show out East by sending someone to take photos. That someone, AndrewMore »

By: brandon / January 26, 2009 - 12:37 pm

Blake Schwarzenbach Has A New Band

It’s called the Thorns Of Life. They’re referencing Shelley. And it’s not just Blake: The ex-Jawbreaker/Jets To Brazil frontman has come out of retirement (though I’m guessing he’s still teaching classes at CUNY) and is joined by Aaron Cometbus (!) on drums and Daniela Sea from The L Word on bass. I’ve never watched TheMore »

By: brandon / November 14, 2008 - 6:11 pm