Articles by Mischa Pearlman
Speedy Ortiz, “Twerp Verse”
The band deliberately favor Pavement-inspired oddness in an attempt to introduce some levity.
Sting & Shaggy, “44/876”
A heartfelt tribute to both Jamaica and Caribbean music that’s much better than it has any right to be—but cool, it is not.
Superchunk, “What a Time to Be Alive”
Superchunk’s “What a Time to Be Alive” combines the irreverent with the thoughtful, and the jittery, chaotic melodies reflect a nervous wreck of a world.
No Age, “Snares Like a Haircut”
No Age’s “Snares Like a Haircut” is a record that offers some kind of solace while also invoking the unnerving and disquieting times we live in.
First Aid Kit, “Ruins”
While “Ruins” doesn’t quite beat out First Aid Kit’s debut album, it’s certainly the sisters’ best record since.
Stop Breaking Down: How the Jawbreaker Documentary Defied the Odds
“Don’t Break Down” looked like a movie that might never see the light of day. And then the Jawbreaker reunion happened.
What Men or Gods Are These: Jawbreaker Returns
More than twenty years after a bitter dissolution, the modern punk legends have rejoined. Here, members of the Jawbreaker scene and story recount the saga and impact of one of the heaviest—and most literary—bands ever.
Neil Young + Promise of the Real, “The Visitor”
Shakey’s response to Trump is one that the USA desperately needs.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Soul of a Woman”
“Soul of a Woman” is full of light and hope, serving as a testament to the beauty of life—and love and friendship and all that good stuff we get to experience in our short time on this planet.
Wolf Parade, “Cry Cry Cry”
The Montreal quartet are back with a truly triumphant return.
In Conversation: Joan Cornellà Is a Reasonable Person
The Spanish artist known for his deranged—but brightly colored!—comics talks police brutality, Facebook, and traveling in the US.
In Conversation: Algiers Expose “The Underside of Power”
Class warfare, civil rights, Donald Trump: That’s not the whole story.
Can, “The Singles”
An exhilarating journey into one of contemporary music’s most inventive and eccentric bands.
Rancid, “Trouble Maker”
While “Trouble Maker” is far from a political record, its songs certainly exist within the fragile framework of America in 2017.
Big Thief, “Capacity”
Comprising eleven downtrodden, sunken-hearted, minor-chord songs, Big Thief’s sophomore album traverses the dark side of humanity, but pairs the despair with a ragged beauty.
Craig Finn, “We All Want the Same Things”
A more than welcome addition to—and expansion of—the Hold Steady frontman’s catalog.
Sleaford Mods, “English Tapas”
Everything Sleaford Mods say in these twelve songs is thoroughly valid and, frankly, needs to be said.
Grandaddy, “Last Place”
It’s not the second coming of “The Sophtware Slump.” But it also isn’t trying to be.