A non-philosopher reader recently asked me why I'd stopped blogging about punk rock. That I had stopped somehow escaped my attention. So here goes...
I've acquired several recent releases by New Model Army. NMA was probably my favorite punk band throughout my college years. They struck me as a good example of where punk rock should have gone following the demise of the Clash. Anyway, they've persisted in recording albums and endlessly touring, despite a few serious lineup changes and the death of their founding-member drummer.
I've given the most recent releases a close listen, and I've even checked out the lead singer Justin Sullivan's solo acoustic album. The verdict: Would someone please tell them to fucking stop? None of the new material holds a candle to Ghost of Cain or Thunder and Consolation. They're ruining everything. Mr.Sullivan should disband the unit entirely and record another acoustic album.
And while I'm at it: what the fuck has Billy Bragg done for us lately?