7. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade (1984)
The ambitious double album Zen Arcade is the first true acknowledgement of Hüsker Dü's determination to make the move from pedestrian hardcore to visionary greatness. The two-disc, 23-track opus follows the travails of a young punk in a state of conflict. Like the Who's rock operas, much of the narrative is incoherent, but the drive and intention are meaningful. Here, we experience a great punk band questioning what other modes of subversion might be out there. By defying the loud-fast orthodoxies of contemporary hardcore in order to tell a lengthy story, Hüsker Dü changed the game entirely. Zen Arcade was issued alongside the similarly visionary Minutemen release Double Nickels On The Dime and was the forerunner to countless impressive works including Titus Andronicus' history-obsessed The Monitor and Fucked Up's recent rock opera David Comes To Life.
Hüsker Dü legend and punk lifer Bob Mould has put in some absolutely ferocious late-night TV performances in recent months, and last night, he brought his insanely undiminished intensity to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon while Fred Armisen and Jon Glazer, who were not guests on the show, looked on. On the show proper, he… More »
Over the course of his three-decade run as one of the preeminent geniuses in rock and roll, Bob Mould has shared a great deal of himself through his work, while somehow remaining something of a distant figure. Perhaps it is the inherent modesty of Midwestern remove. Maybe it is the unmodulated croak of his drill-sergeant… More »
A packed El Rey Theater in Los Angeles was treated to the second-to-last performance of Sugar’s classic album Copper Blue. Fresh off their appearance on Conan, Bob Mould, Jason Narducy, and Jon Wurster ripped through the album flawlessly while sprinkling in such Hüsker Dü classics like “Celebrated Summer” and “Makes No Sense.” Dark reverb fanatic… More »
The San Francisco festival Noise Pop turns 20 this year, and as part of the celebration, a couple of legends are coming to town to play their classic albums in full. The Flaming Lips will play all of The Soft Bulletin, and Bob Mould will perform Copper Blue, the 1992 debut from his post-Hüsker Dü… More »
If Hüsker Dü or Sugar were before your time, do yourself a favor and dig up their old catalogs. Both venerable bands were fronted by Bob Mould, and an all-star assortment of music luminaries assembled to celebrate the music and legacy of Mould’s vast catalog at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Britt Daniel, Ryan Adams,… More »
Thurston Moore brought two Demolished Thoughts tracks to Jimmy Fallon last night: He played “Circulation” on-air and “Blood Never Lies” as a web exclusive with the help of members of Hushed Arbors and Sunburned Hand Of The Man plus Samara Lubelski, etc. The solo album’s out now via Matador. Bob Mould also showed up, performing… More »