20,000 Albums for Eidelyn Gonzales: Shaking the Habitual

My previous column, Punk’d, focused on, as you could probably assume, punk music. When talking about punk music, it’s pretty much a guarantee that politics are going to come up.

The last two issues of my column covered the albums WIDE AWAAAAAKE! by Parquet Courts and WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock, both of which are extremely political, covering issues ranging from systemic racism to the faults of capitalism.

A Month Through Movies – November Edition

By Ben Lindner, Staff Writer
Doesn’t it sometimes feel like there is just too much to watch out there? Often, it feels easier to scroll through Netflix trying to decide what to watch than actually watching something. Do you constantly find yourself overwhelmed with content, wishing you could somehow find a way to narrow it down? 

Single Serving No. 2

By Kwase Lane, Features Editor
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I mean the last time we chatted the world was on fire; or at least it felt like it was. 

Punk’d: WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock

By Venus Rittenberg, Contributor
[SideOneDummy Records; 2016]
Key tracks: “Festival Song”, “Blast Damage Days”, “Rainbow”
s of punk vignettes that all flow perfectly into each other, inspired by the medley from Abbey Road. 

Single Serving No. 1

Hey, hey, wake up. You had a pretty wild night, huh? Well, I mean, as wild as nights can get with *everything* that’s been happening. 

Your Favorite Artist is an Asshole: Shia LaBeouf Edition

I woke up one cold morning in December 2020 to the news that English singer-songwriter FKA twigs, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, had filed a civil lawsuit against her former boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf. I scoured the internet for information about the case as I picked sleep from my eyes. I sat in bed and cried.

Records I’m Not Ashamed to Own: ‘The Hunting Party’

It is difficult to understate the importance of Linkin Park’s body of work. The influence they had on rock music at the turn of the century defined the sound of rap metal as well as nu-metal; in fact, they are probably one of the only groups worth mentioning when discussing the former. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call their first two albums modern classics.

Punk’d: Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts have flirted with various types of punk music since their inception, yet none of their albums are as explicitly punk as their last endeavor, Wide Awake! Wide Awake! features witty, political commentary over groovy art-punk tunes. The incredibly well-written lyrics — both political and otherwise — that appear on this album illustrate how much Parquet Courts have evolved from their debut.

Because the Internet: Chris††† – social justice whatever

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor
Does anyone remember the “The Ultimate Showdown” video? The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, of course. “Old Godzilla was hoppin’ around / Tokyo City like a big playground”? This 2006 gem captures a snapshot of the attitudes of pop culture in that year.

Songs that Make My Eyes Sweat: “Down Colorful Hill” by Red House Painters

As the drums that lay under this track roll in, feelings of solitude and loneliness set the foundation for this 11-minute ballad. The listener is made painfully aware that it all begins with a feeling rather than with words, which parallels the journey of losing love; it begins with a feeling, maybe not even one you can pinpoint.

Records I’m Not Ashamed to Own

By RJ Martin, Music Director  Within the landscape of mid-to-late-2000s butt-rock and post-hardcore, there are few acts that rose above the rest and created music that had staying power.  In fact, as far as I’m concerned, there may only be one that matters: Avenged Sevenfold. After putting out two independent records and rising to major-label…

Your Favorite Musician is an Asshole: Elvis Edition

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Staff Writer  Many call him the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but few call Elvis Presley what he really was: a sex offender. I won’t be talking about Presley’s rise to fame in this article; he has already been unreasonably idolized and glorified in countless ways over the years. Instead, I want…