Tom Meets Lulu Part Three: “Pumping Blood”

January 5, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

Let me tell you the story of an artist from New York City. He was an older guy who wrote songs that were more like poetry set to music. One day he started singing his  poetry – which was pretty insane by nearly any yardstick – over a musical accompaniment provided by some younger kids playing loud rock. The result was something completely crazy and cathartic and thrilling and I was a fan. The guy I’m talking about is the… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Two: “The View”

January 4, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

I took a two-day break between songs because of ‘the holidays,” which blew the rhythm of what I’m hoping to establish within this exercise. I want a new Lou Reed and Metallica song to enter my world every day with the contrails of the previous number still hanging in my head. So in an attempt to get to that place where these songs are a part of my existence for the next ten days I made a point of listening… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part One: “Brandenburg Gate”

January 2, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

The announcement of the Lou Reed-Metallica team-up was like chum in the water for the snark that passes for critical thinking in so many circles. It’s not hard to see why: Lou has been a punching bag to multiple generations, with much of the hatred openly courted by Reed’s crankiness and critic-baiting, and Metallica more or less became a reality show about a metal band after the amazing documentary SOME KIND OF MONSTER yanked open the curtain on their ultimately… Continue»

Janet Weiss Talks to Tom about Fantasy Basketball

December 22, 2011  |   By   |   Cassingles, Short Stories

In an effort to keep the Low Times Podcast around an hour, sometimes we need to cut stories or anecdotes that don’t fit in the flow of conversation. We are going to compile these clips in our ‘Cassingles’ section. In this clip, Janet Weiss from Wild Flag talks to Tom about fantasy basketball. Download: Fantasy Basketball Play:

Low Times Video Exclusive: “A More Perfect Union” by Titus Andronicus

December 1, 2011  |   By   |   Featured, Videos

Low Times Video Exclusive: “A More Perfect Union” by Titus Andronicus. Back in February I directed a video for Titus Andronicus for their song “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future”. The concept was simple — the band did a one-day “tour” through its home state of New Jersey, playing at six different locales around the state. At every stop the band did a few run-throughs of “No Future Part Three” so we could get enough coverage for the… Continue»

Welcome to the Debut of Low Times!

November 15, 2011  |   By   |   Featured, News

For pretty much all my life my two main interests have been music and comedy. They have been the two driving forces behind almost everything I bought, read, saw and enjoyed. But I have never been a big fan of the merging of the two — ‘funny bands’ are almost never my favorite bands (exceptions: The Frogs, Anarchy 6, The Rutles) and funny movies/TV shows about The Rock generally get so many things wrong that I can’t enjoy them (exceptions:… Continue»