Luke McCormick

writer

Biography

  • The Lawrence Arms

    The Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly Talks New Album, Hip-Hop, and Nachos

    "I'm always like, 'Yeah, motherfucker, I'm just gonna melt some cheese on Doritos!'" That's Lawrence Arms vocalist/bassist Brendan Kelly, screaming into the phone from his Chicago home as he explains his go-to Super Bowl dish (jalapeños included) the day after the big game. "People knock it," he says. "But every year they're the hit of the party, because that shit tastes so good."Kelly is understandably enthusiastic about snacking, but he's also excited to talk about the current status of his beloved pop-punk trio the Lawrence Arms (rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Chris McCaughan and drummer Neil Hennessy) and their first album in eight years, Metropole. Also the band's first for Epitaph, it's an effort that mixes face-smashing, pit-brawl punk with introspective slow-burners whose lyrics still mine the lives of the down and out.

  • Reggie Watts in New York City, November 2013

    Reggie Watts on First-Kiss Jams and Loving Industrial Music

    Brooklyn-based comedian Reggie Watts is all over the place, from his surreal and wildly entertaining stand-up act to his loop-based music to his role as Scott Aukerman's sidekick on IFC's Comedy Bang Bang. SPIN was lucky enough to snag the 41-year-old recently before he hopped onstage at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge, where (among other delightful antics) he sung the praises of the new LittleBits Synth Kit he developed with Korg. As the comedian chomped on some almonds backstage, he shared the music of his life.What's a song you've listened to today? Let's see, I listened to "Might Find It Cheap" by Blitzen Trapper and "Another Try" by America. I was listening to music with my girlfriend at her place. She really, really likes music and puts me on to a lot of stuff. She listens to a lot of trap, and I think that stuff is just fucking disgusting.Is trap influencing your own music at all?

  • Tim Heidecker, listening in

    Tim Heidecker's History of Embarrassing Beatles Dolls and Terrible Band Names

    Tim Heidecker has been an Adult Swim and alternative-comedy staple for nearly a decade, working with collaborator Eric Wareheim to creating absurd and cringe-inducing hilarity on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes to the Mayor, not to mention his supporting role as the painfully plain Gene on the current season of HBO's Eastbound and Down. He's a multi-format threat, though. On November 12, the 37-year-old will release his second album as Heidecker and Wood, joined once again by multi-instrumentalist Davin Wood. The LP, Some Things Never Stay the Same, finds the two delivering satirical songs in the vein of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Warren Zevon. Heidecker phoned SPIN from Los Angeles to discuss the music of his life.What's a song you've listened to in the past 24 hours?I've been listening to the new Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait box set and I love it.

  • Adam Scott

    'Parks and Rec' Co-Star Adam Scott was a High School Deadhead

    This fall, actor Adam Scott will lead a stacked cast in the film A.C.O.D., which features Richard Jenkins and Jessica Alba, among others, while also eliciting awkwardly endearing laughs as Ben Wyatt on NBC's Parks and Recreation. Scott, 40, hopped on the phone while driving in Los Angeles to gab about his life in music. But don't worry: He pulled over to talk.Were you listening to anything in your car?I took my daughter to school this morning and she loves Katy Perry. We listened to the new single, "Roar." It's not something I'd listen to without her but that chorus is amazing. I love a good poppy chorus.

  • Psychic Friend

    Hear Will Schwartz's Psychic Friend Get a Gliss Makeover on 'Softer Side'

    Will Schwartz can usually be found churning out aces indie pop in Imperial Teen or working the dancefloor in duo Hey Willpower. But the man is adding another bulletpoint to the resumé with the piano-pop of Psychic Friend. The band released its first full length, My Rocks Are Dreams, on Dangerbird Records earlier this year, and below, check out a brand new remix of album standout "Softer Side." On it, L.A. art-pop outfit Gliss strips away some of the piano and ups the BPMs. Psychic Friend will hit Brooklyn's Glasslands on September 17 with Dynasty Handbag and a reissue of the full-length will hit in September including this remix and one other. Download "Softer Side" here.

  • Meat Market Offer Up The Rifftastic

    Hear Meat Market's Grimy Garage-Rock Bruiser 'Too Tired'

    Meat Market have been kind enough to serve up a gnarly A-Side (and title cut) from their Too Tired EP, a bruising hit of Northern Californian garage-rock that takes on grimy shades of T-Rex, replete with searing guitar rips throughout. Too Tired is set to arrive on September 3 via Suicide Squeeze Records, digitally and on limited edition 7" vinyl, 100 of those coke bottle clear and 400 of them black.

  • Cardiknox

    Cardiknox Break Free in Neon-Washed 'Hold Me Down' Video

    Cardiknox is the operating alias of New York-by-way-of-Seattle duo Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton. Angle, a classical pianist, and Dutton, a punk dabbler, blend icy electro beats and massive dancefloor hooks on "Hold Me Down" — for which we have the neon-washed, Fly Girl-accented video above.Catch the pair at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory, with Cayucas, on August 28.

  • Crystal Stilts

    Crystal Stilts Beckon You to the Other Side on 'Future Folklore'

    Brooklyn post-punks Crystal Stilts return on September 17 with Nature Noir, a third album on the way courtesy Sacred Bones. Shedding any "lo-fi" allusions, first taste "Future Folklore" engages in winding guitar work as singer Brad Hargett entices a lover, maybe a friend, back to "the underworld" and "the garden." Drink it in above.

  • Title Fight

    Title Fight Return With Raucous 'Be a Toy'

    Title Fight are back with "Be a Toy," the first taste off of their upcoming Spring Songs EP, which they just put down on two-inch tape with frequent collaborator Will Yip at his Studio 4 space in Philadelphia. The new tunes will drop November 12 on Revelation Records with a two month tour also slated to start in September.

  • Chloë Moretz from 'Kick Ass 2' talks about her favorite music

    Chloe Moretz on Her Wedding DJ duties and Playing Courtney Love

    Judging by her upcoming film roles, Chloë Moretz isn't a teen you'd want to cross. The 16-year-old Cartersville, Georgia-born actress will once again beat the tar out of adult villains as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2, out August 16. Then in October, she'll be seeking revenge as the title character in a remake of Carrie. Thankfully, the real-life Moretz was happy to chat about the music of her life, sans telekinetic tomfoolery. What is the last song you listened to today?"You Ain't Alone" by Alabama Shakes. I love them because they have this rad sound without getting too banjo-y and weird. They hit that folkie vibe but with more of an alternative side, like the Black Keys.What was the last concert you went to?I saw Rihanna on her 777 tour in London while I was filming Kick-Ass 2. That tour was doing smaller venues.

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