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 | Stuff Music Critics Like
So the other day, I was in the shower listening to Gordon Lightfoot on my phone as one does. I got out and picked up my phone and saw that the song I just listened to, “If You Could Read My Mind,” was covered by Neil Young. As I enjoy...
25 days ago | Fuck Guilty Pleasures
I have a modest proposal that I doubt many of you will cotton to: It’s time to critically re-evaluate nu metal. You remember nu metal, right? Chugging riffs. Grunted vocals. Big pants. Soul patches. It’s one of the last remaining mutations of rock...
1 month ago | Fuck Guilty Pleasures
Let it never be said that I’m a man who can’t admit his own mistakes. Last week it was the authorship of “Slave Girl.” This week, it’s the best Metallica album. A couple years ago I made the bold claim that Metallica only made one truly great reco...
2 months ago | Fuck Guilty Pleasures
I’m fully aware that, since the dawn of the 21st century, the Goo Goo Dolls have been embarrassingly tepid MILFcore. Still, anytime someone name-checks the Goos as a symbol of mediocrity, I can’t help but judge them. How can anyone exhibit shamele...
3 months ago | People 2015
One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. "I've always been about getting the chicks," says Omar Romero, 32, of Altadena, a man known not just for running Vinny's, one of the best barbershops in town, but als...
3 months ago | Punk
Nomads frontman Mike (just "Mike" — the band purposely cultivates an air of anonymity) recalls a time when he was touring Poland with an old band of his. "This guy came up to me and said, 'My friend wants to fight you.'" Mike was ready to go. Then...