Former Bassist Of Weezer Found Dead

Mikey Welsh, former bassist of Weezer from the late 1990's and early 2000's has died of drug overdoes. He was found in a hotel room, after failing to check out on time. Welsh was 40 years old. »»

SXSW '11: Spotlight on Shorts - Texas High School Shorts and SXGlobal Shorts

SXSW shorts line-ups to include mini-movies from up-and-coming talent and directors from around the world. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: The Audacity of Mope

In the post-Matt Sharp era, I can't say that I've really connected with any of Weezer's material. Sure, there have been some catchy singles and songs here and there, but I really don't think that I could fully recommend a Weezer album other than one of the first two. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: The Horror

I made a mix for myself to listen to on the bus ride from Baltimore to Pennsylvania. It's composed mostly of songs that I was either digging at the time or singles/albums that I'd recently picked up. There's a pretty respectable hip-hop side. ... But there's also an unfortunate alternative side that hasn't aged nearly as well. ... »»

MGF Presents Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Just in time for Christmas, here's a list of recent releases for those of you who are literally waiting until the last minute to finish up your holiday shopping. We'll cover a wide array of genres and artists, so soak it in, get off the damn computer, and finish up that shopping, procrastinator! ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Snubs, Part II

In the first part of this feature, I pointed out a group of hip-hop artists who were unfairly snubbed from Entertainment Weekly's recent "New Classics" list. But rappers weren't the only only artists who were inexplicably left off of the list, as I'll be venturing outside the genre for round of snubs. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Some Things I Left Behind

So, I recently moved from Sin City to Charm City. Longtime readers will remember that not too long after MGF launched I moved from Baltimore to Las Vegas. I detailed the music part of the journey in a rambling manner. Don't worry, you won't have to suffer though that again; this time I flew from West to East. But since I was flying I had to travel light. Unfortunately that meant that 90 percent of my music remains in another time zone. And that kind of sucks. Y'see, for some reason I decided to pack things responsibly. That meant packing things in order of necessity, and thus, I packed more clothing than music or music related devices. And while, sure, I can actually go to work dressed appropriately, I can't suddenly decide that I want to have Dave Brubeck, Nas, Johnny Cash, Weezer and Res provide the soundtrack to my sleep, since those particular artists didn't make the trip with me. »»

MGF Reviews Switches - Lay Down the Law

Switches - Lay Down the Law Interscope (3/18/08) Rock / Garage / Alternative Irony-posturing is the coat of arms for an indie-rock band doing the "garage" thing these days. If you don't dress like Lou Reed's stand-in and sing your lyrics like you can think of four better things you could be doing... shit, you might as well not even bother, it would seem. Well, apparently no one told that to Switches, because on Lay Down the Law they sound like they're having much more fun than a retro-rocker is allowed. The hipster sneer isn't missing entirely, but it acts as a little bit of salt to leaven out the trash-rock sugar rush that Switches seem to be having. They don't get the blend quite perfect here, but with the right kind of ears you can see how the band might be able to approach Strokes territory in a few years. »»

What I Learned from Young Knives' Superabundance

Young Knives - Superabundance Rykodisc (4/22/08) Geek rock / Post-punk revival 1. It doesn't matter how educated your band members are; songs sung in certain British accents can make you sound like a Tracey Ullman bit character. 2. The British wit is such that you can title a song in text-speak ("Fit 4 U") and still consider yourselves geek rock. 3. "Terra Firma" nearly manages to vindicate the shameful legacy of "disco punk." »»

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