13 essential nofx songs

Anarchic skate punk is a very specific genre of music that I have probably made up in my own head after I went through my own “punk phase”. Even if it is a make believe subgenre all within my own mind it still remains relevant and necessary, especially during times of social and political turmoil.  Read More

13 essential foo fighters songs 

There are only a few bands that my kids will hear and immediately say “this is daddy’s music!!” Knowing who they are comes with a little help from daddy, but the fact that they know what they are confirms the fact that I have won as a father. The familiarity of the sound triggers their association with “daddy” and I can only assume that when they’re all grown and hear a song by Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, or mxpx they’ll recall a simpler time of being a young kid driving in the backseat of daddy’s truck. Read More

13 essential brand new songs

Good bands are forever, but great ones never last.

Brand New has been a staple in my collection ever since the floating astronaut album cover caught my attention at Best Buy in 2003.

Yes. If you haven’t figured out by now, I have been known to judge a book by its cover and purchase an album based on its artistic ability to stand out from the rest. Read More

13 essential mxpx songs

It’s hard to calculate a recommended list of songs from a band that steered the course of your adolescence. Even more difficult is when the captain of that ship also served as the gateway into a lifelong enjoyment of the genre that most represents your preferred musical interests. Read More

13 essential idlewild songs

I discovered my brand of brit rock from a jukebox while working at Me-N-Ed’s one night back during my post adolescence. The tracks Little Discourage & Roseability were ones I’d purchase for rotation while waiting for the next “hot D!” hollered out from the kitchen.  Read More

13 essential thrice songs

Sometimes bands grow up with you. They share the same passions and likeness within the lyrics that you scream along to.

Thrice is that band for me. Read More

13 essential millencolin songs

Spanning from the Fall of 2001 to early Spring 2002 I found myself skating through Fullerton, California to work 3 and a half days a week down N Placentia Avenue without any device capable of playing music. My personal funds hadn’t yet allowed for any justifiable purchase and technology hadn’t gotten to a place yet where my phone could double as a music device.  Read More

13 essential eels songs

I’ve been fortunate to see Mark Oliver Everett perform as eels once in my lifetime back in 2008. It was one of the more memorable experiences at a live show that I’ve ever had.  Read More

13 Essential Good Riddance Songs

This year I will find myself cemented in my late-30s with an endless array of memories from the music of my adolescent youth clear up to what some prefer to label maturation with adulthood. I am still unclear whether the music shapes the memories, or if the memories help determine what music was important. Read More

what I’m reading | 2016

Everyone needs an outlet dedicated for mental escapism.

With the refreshing exception of my discovery and reading of Ready Player One I have focused most of my literary attention this year to dialogue bubbles and dystopian futures. As a kid I would sporadically dabble in stacks of comics, and over the last few years I’ve rediscovered this passion and created a few more stacks to sort through. This year I have gone so far as to read new & current titles on an ongoing monthly basis often times forgetting my intentions, falling behind, and then reading 4 to 6 issues straight of backstory to a fallen society surrounding a robotic companion bot-child (refer to Descender). Everything from classic and obscure superheroes to dystopian sci-fi epics have been additions to the rapidly growing collection of mine.

Here is a short list of my favorites over this past year, enjoy… Read More