Archive for May, 2009

May 31st, 2009 - 4:50 pm § in Perfect Lines


  Be sure to head over to Bostonist tomorrow for a review of Split/Signal at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. The show paired eight musical acts – including The Books, Cul De Sac, Roger Miller (from Mission of Burma), Caspian, Arms & Sleepers – with eight filmmaking [...]

May 28th, 2009 - 12:35 am § in Perfect Lines

Tracking the SDRE Rumors

So, months after my first post on a potential Sunny Day Real Estate reunion, and having recently come to realize how much of a hoopla my words have caused and the potential anguish I could cause in many an SDRE fan, and the reunion rumors are still bubbling. A little while after some newer rumors [&[...]

May 27th, 2009 - 12:01 am § in Perfect Lines

Trek to Fandom

What’s the difference between these folks: Well, specific interest for one. Not level of interest though. Each of these photos represents the countless number of fans of everything from Star Trek to anime to the Oakland Raiders to My Chemical Romance. In each one of these, the individuals exp[...]

May 26th, 2009 - 1:10 am § in Perfect Lines

Situation On Mars: An America Is Just A Word Update

A new week, another great musician who’s words and work will be included in America Is Just A Word. Justin Pearson – currently the bassist and half of the vocal team that is grindcore/noise-rock/post-hardcore group The Locust – will be talking to me about his experience fronting t[...]

May 23rd, 2009 - 2:46 pm § in Perfect Lines

In Space…

Just a quick little message to folks out there that use MySpace. You can find this page on it: That’s right, an America Is Just A Word MySpace page. It’s another way to spread the word, but stick to this blog for all the up-to-date updates and previews from the book. But, if you’r[...]

May 22nd, 2009 - 12:47 am § in Perfect Lines


Emo is getting a bad rap in New Zealand. First, there was the charge of a gang of so-called “emo killers” threatening youths who basically didn’t even consider themselves emo at Spotswood College; the entire incident appears to have died down and had the basic mark of sensationalis[...]

May 20th, 2009 - 9:16 pm § in Perfect Lines

Bloody Buddy

I’d been bidding my time, putting off writing about the new musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Why? I’m not sure really. The musical sounds interesting enough, and The New York Times gave it a sparkling review. And for such a mainstream interpretation of emo, it’s got the idea [...]

May 20th, 2009 - 12:11 am § in Perfect Lines

Interview with Mike Moroboshi

Continuing with the interview series with artists that will be featured in the forthcoming book, America Is Just A Word, this week I’m offering up snippets from an interview with Shinobu frontman Mike Moroboshi. Most of the bands that I’ve written about in the book so far, and many of th[...]

May 19th, 2009 - 12:06 am § in Perfect Lines

The Morning After

And now, a quick break from the usual ramblings and mumbo-jumbo: WordPress has been nothing but a fantastic blogging site. It’s clean and easy to use and whatever you write, whoever writes it, you’re guaranteed it to look great nearly 100% of the time. For me, it’s been fantastic, [...]

May 15th, 2009 - 1:15 am § in Perfect Lines

Those Sunny Day Real Estate Reunion Rumors

Tim Karan had an interview with former Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk for Alternative Press posted the day after the release of his newest solo album, OK Bear. What’s interesting was the conversation at the very end of the interview: Is there any truth behind the rumors that Sunny[...]

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