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Some teams have played twelve games, some have played nine. The mystery has never been deeper but in some sort of false dichotomy, it has never been shallower. Teams like the Hawks have seemingly burnt out like supernovas while other teams have bounced back like a pugilist facing an ugly end. Yet it’s early. It’s so early. The Knicks are gazelles on all nights – uniting the fear and chaos of a ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 23rd, 2008

I have just fulfilled every punk's dream (well, what should be every punk's dream) of spending some time immersed in Japan's illustrious hardcore/punk scene. My band, Pulling Teeth, was invited to play six shows in ten days throughout central Japan. We started in Tokyo, made our way a couple of hours north to a small town called Ashikaga, home of Japan's oldest school, crossed the country westward ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 1st, 2008

Baltimore can be a pretty interesting place (to say the least) and one of my favorite things about the city is the widespread use of the “hack,” or illegal cab. But to simply call a hack a “cab” is to do quite the injustice to those who participate, either as drivers or passengers, in the highly unique system. Hacking is perhaps best described as a pay-as-you-go, urban adaptation of hitchhiking, b ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 15th, 2008

Known for thoughtfully curated shows held mostly in artists' warehouse spaces, Wildfire Wildfire has since grown into a label with releases from locals like Dan Deacon, Ecstatic Sunshine, Video Hippos, Thank You, OCDJ and Santa Dads. In this interview, Wildfire's Devon Deimler was kind enough to dish on the label's upcoming projects, the realities of running a small business and the media's recen ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 10th, 2008

The National – Boxer www.americanmary.com 2007 Beggars Banquet 2007 was filled with anticipated records and Internet-leaked albums. Radiohead found a way to beat the latter, while Wilco and Stars endured it. Those bands listed created critically divisive work, though I luckily stood on the thumbs-up side of the division. The National’s album, Boxer, was both long-awaited and leaked in advance ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 10th, 2008

There’s something about shot blocking that triggers a primal response in me. A great dunk or offensive move is nothing compared to the timing and execution of a good blocked shot. Sometimes the block is pretty – it looks clean, results in humiliation, and makes a number of highlight reels. Wait. Stop. Wow. Okay, I was going to write this bit about the lost art of shot blocking. My plan was to ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 7th, 2008

Here's the second half of my best records of 2007 list... Off With Their Heads - All Things Move Toward Their End (No Idea) I first fell in love with OWTH when my friend Andy from Minneapolis insisted I pick up their "Hi Five For the Rapture" 7" and "Hospitals" 12". I put the 7" on first and was immediately excited by their Dillinger Four-style raw melodic punk. Then I played the 12" and was h ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 30th, 2008

So 2007 is over and it's time for everyone's best of lists. I'm not going to pretend that I heard every record that came out in 2007 as I'll be the first to admit that while my tastes are fairly broad, I know what I like and I rarely bother checking out most hyped releases. I haven't cared for Radiohead since "Kid A", I still haven't bothered checking out Tegan and Sara, I think Animal Collective ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 14th, 2008

Allow me to introduce myself...my name is Mike and at the end of January I'll be 32 years old. That's many years past the standard expiration date for most people that got into punk in their teens. Typically, upon graduation of college, when one enters "the real world" and is no longer able to rely upon the parents for help with the rent and bills, going to see some loud and obnoxious bands in som ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 20th, 2007

Teenage Teardrops releases swell with a love, positivity and attention to detail that stands in stark contrast to (he)artless stuff we often find ourselves surrounded by. The small vinyl label cum soon-to-be book imprint is run by Cali Dewitt, whose own humble joy in just plain being alive and creative infuses every aspect of his work. He's released limited edition LPs from Arizona noise teens I ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 8th, 2007

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