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.
4 days ago | Unpopular Opinion
Unsurprisingly, when Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, many critics took to their keyboards to cry about how Dylan didn’t deserve it. “Just another white male,” whined The Guardian, which has long been a parody o...
17 days ago | Unpopular Opinion
Unsurprisingly, effete urban liberals were heavily triggered by my praise of Ted Nugent a few weeks back. I’m guessing these are the types of people who still find references to “Drumpf” the pinnacle of comedy and long for the days when Jon Stewar...
1 month ago | Unpopular Opinion
I have some bad news for you, Los Angeles: You think you’re the best city for rock & roll, but you’re not. It’s not that you’re a particularly bad city for it. On the contrary, I’d probably place you a strong second. You’re the home of The Doo...
It might surprise you to hear this, but I take far greater pleasure in talking up bands than shitting all over your personal favorite. It’s far more fun to interact with people who either already share a love of, for example, Gordon Lightfoot...
I am bracing myself for the incoming fury of guys who graduated high school in 1996, but I’m just going to come out and say it: Nirvana ruined rock & roll. Every couple of years I check out their catalog again. Every couple of years I’m left w...
So I guess Ted Nugent was in the news again. He wrote some kind of list about why you should support Donald Trump, which upset certain people as every move the Nuge makes is wont to do. But let’s put the man’s politics aside for a second (tho...