For Those About to Read, We Salute You: Autobiography: Notable Quotable

The U.S. doesn’t get the long awaited Morrissey Autobiography until December 3rd, but that didn’t stop me from ordering it from the UK. God forbid I wait an extra few months to read 457 pages of petty sniping and impotent rage. Before I talk about the book, allow me to present a smattering of my favorite quotes, without context or chronological order.   A tattoo means I am always there – even when people shower my words or pasty face… Continue»

Well, You Know Our Name Is Low Times And We Like To Do Our Drawrrrings……

October 11, 2013  |   By   |   Columns, Featured, Uncategorized

The bad news is that we don’t have a recording of our insanely fun and wildly successful Low Times live show at Union Hall to share with you.  Unfortunately, we can’t share with you the funny, entertaining and insightful chats we had with Alan Vega, Craig Finn and The Wrens. I know, we’re bummed too. However, we CAN share some of the ridiculous fan art drawings that Daniel, Tom and I illustrated and then projected onto a screen to the… Continue»

We Get Letters

August 8, 2013  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

Our intern Alison took in a documentary about Frank Zappa and decided that he wasn’t her cup of tea. Her piece inspired a grown man to send us this email. It’s even better if you read it in the voice of the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons. The email begins below said character. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Sorry, but I can’t oblige you with a tweet, because you’ve already stated you’ll interpret it as… Continue»

The So So Glos Live on Letterman

April 29, 2013  |   By   |   Cassingles

If you haven’t watched our buddies The So So Glos set fire to the Letterman stage (metaphorically) on Friday then perhaps you should do it now. You have no excuse. Do it. Your boss said it’s okay to watch this at your desk. He/she told me.

The Soundtrack Series: Jean Grae

April 17, 2013  |   By   |   Cassingles

Photos credit: D. Robert Wolcheck Last month, Low Times guest and rapper Jean Grae and Low Times co-host, me, shared the bill on the monthly storytelling show the Soundtrack Series. We both told stories about a song. One of our stories involved a dude puking into a guitar. Listen to the podcast from the show to figure out which one it is.

For Those About to Read, We Salute You: Slash: Notable Quotable

Well, I managed to finish the entire Slash memoir and form a few thoughts about. Before I get into my impression of the epic tome, allow me to whet your appetite with a few of my favorite quotes, presented without explication or context: “Under the circumstances, I did the only thing that made sense; I hung out with David Lee Roth all night.” “Rock guys don’t trash things until they’ve made it and are older. Only punks do that out… Continue»

For Those About To Read, We Salute You: Slash: Part I

Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by The Dirt, Scar Tissue and Diamond Dave’s epic tome, but Slash’s memoir takes a little while to get started. In fact, the first 100 pages or so involves passing mention of people or situations that would probably comprise an infinitely more interesting memoir. Let’s run down these characters: Seymour Cassel: Would you ever have guessed that the character actor that played Max Fischer’s father in Rushmore had decadent parties at his home at which The… Continue»

For Those About to Read, We Salute You: Slash: Introduction

For my next literary adventure, I was hoping to break away from the 80s L.A. glam metal rut I dug for myself. When I walked into the 4 story location of an unnamed chain bookseller to redeem my gift certificate from Christmas, I figured the perfect rock memoir would jump out at me. Unfortunately, the selection of big, dumb rock memoirs shrank since my last visit, so I had the choice between reading Carly Simon’s memoir or Slash’s. I could… Continue»

Suede Live on the BBC

March 20, 2013  |   By   |   Cassingles, Uncategorized

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pleasantly blown away by the new Suede album Bloodsports. It goes without saying that I was completely stoked to find these live performances of the new songs on the BBC. “Sabatoge” “For the Strangers” Of course, I’d never turn my nose up at an old favorite. “Metal Mickey”

A Humble Request

March 14, 2013  |   By   |   Cassingles

Would you happen to be able to put me in touch with whoever styled New Kids on the Block’s videos? I have questions that need answers. Seriously. Jonathan Knight rocking a Youth of Today t-shirt in the “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” video. Jordan Knight opening his jacket and exposing the world to a Bauhaus shirt in the video for “The Right Stuff”.