All Velvet Underground Songs Ranked

Back when I was a contributor, Spectrum Culture had its writers rank every VU song. (It’s only across three pages, so click through to read.)

I wrote blurbs for:

#67 “I’m Sticking with You”
#66 “Little Sister”
#58 “The Murder Mystery”
#56 “Eulogy to Lenny Bruce”
#52 “That’s the Story of My Life”
#48 “The Black Angel’s Death Song”
#45 “One of These Days (2014 Mix)”
#42 “Hey Mr. Rain (Version 2)”
#38 “Cool It Down”
#37 “Run Run Run”
#32 “Lady Godiva’s Operation”

Hundred Word Reviews: Weezer | ‘The Teal Album’

weezer teal record review

This is peak hipster nostalgia. Releasing the silly cover of “Africa” on vinyl was bad enough. But now we have this. Just look at the art: They’re wearing cringeworthy ‘80s fashion, like oh-em-gee! Is hipster irony chic a thing? It is now. As for the music, it’s almost entirely a frustrating failure. The band needlessly smears power pop riffage over the originals. Meanwhile, Cuomo’s wooden delivery suggests Teal exists purely because the Toto cover went viral; this is social obligation, not enjoyment. The lone exception is Bell’s vocal on “Paranoid,” the only part of this that’s fun.