Nicholas Pell is a freelance writer based in Southern California by way of Portland, Ore., and Providence, R.I. His work has also appeared in Playboy, Vice, Salon and Made Man. When not irritating the Internet with his unpopular opinions on music, he enjoys professional wrestling, Archie Comics, drinking himself into a coma and getting tattoos excluding him from every getting a real job again. Contrary to popular opinion, he aspires to be the Rick Rude of rock journalism, not Lester Bangs with a hipster mustache.
11 days ago | Fuck Guilty Pleasures
When it comes to the Amoeba Music dollar bin, there are a lot of deals to be had. Last time, I talked about my love of Gordon Lightfoot, but there’s another gem I want to discuss today. I’m talking about Huey Lewis and that hard-rocking unit he ca...
25 days ago | Fuck Guilty Pleasures
It recently came to my attention that I’m supposed to be ashamed of my deep love for Gordon Lightfoot. If loving Gordon Lightfoot is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. But loving Gordon Lightfoot isn’t wrong, not by a damn sight. In fact, a deep and a...
1 month ago | Punk
It’s the new year and that means, depending on whether you date its origins to 1966 or 1976, punk rock is now either 40 or 50 years old. Punk is now old enough to be the guy at the bar complaining about how easy it is to be punk rock...
2 months ago | Punk
It’s time to talk about a sacred cow in the world of rock & roll, and a hallowed institution of Southern California. It’s time to talk about Social Distortion. Social Distortion are just awful. Absolutely terrible. They lack any redeeming qual...
2 months ago | Fuck Guilty Pleasures
Around the time I wrote my cry for help letter to Henry Rollins I started getting pretty bored with the hardcore punk of my youth. Eventually I returned to hardcore, then left again … then went back and left again, again. But I’ll never forget the...
3 months ago | Haterade
So you guys are going to have to keep waiting for my thoughts on Meatloaf, Bob Seger and The Boss. More important stuff keeps coming up. Like the Guns N' Roses reunion, which is probably the most important thing ever. Or not. It’s widely known tha...