"It's less a question of 'why now?' and more 'why only now?’… That's how I feel now the ball is finally rolling and these songs are finally starting to get out there." For Nate Mendel, bassist in Foo Fighters and revered first-wave emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate, a solo career is something “I’d always wanted to explore but the timing was never right.” Then a realisation struck him. “There’s never a right time!” he tells NME. “Schedules are always packed. There are always other commitments. So it was important I just bit the bullet and did this.
Nothing's certain in life but death, taxes and Kanye West stealing the limelight at award ceremonies. Or at least that's how it's supposed to be. But as the dust settles on Wednesday's Brit Awards, conversation continues to be about Madonna's unfortunate cape slip. Apparently elder pop stars being susceptible to laws of gravity like the rest of us is a really big deal, or something. Anyways, it's meant that for once, Kanye's been outdone in the controversy stakes.
"He can't see, man! He can't see!" Aside from Watership Down's Woundwort's general vibe, for people of a certain age, there is no other more traumatising recollection from 90s children's telly than the blinding Of PJ in Byker Grove. It was a genuine shocker, headed home after a day at school, calmly tucking into a Club or a Rocky at tea-time, faced with a paint-balling accident that went horribly wrong. PJ was, of course, played by Ant McPartlin, who hosted the Brits with side-kick Dec Donnelly on Wednesday night (February 25).
Not much happens in Arcata. A 17,000-population college town in northern California, when term finishes and the students flock home, it empties to a near eerie state of quiet according to locals. “Chernobyl with sunshine and a health food store,” one resident I speak to jokes. It's got a claim to fame, though. 20 years ago this week, the town became a footnote on the story of arguably the biggest band on the planet.
For George Constanza, the neurotic, bald-headed ball of fury at the heart of Jerry Seinfeld's famous sitcom about nothing, every day is "just one of those days when you don't want to wake up." Which is why the below mash-up of the show's cheery slap-bass theme tune and Limp Bizkit's 1999 nu-metal ode to destruction 'Break Stuff makes a weird amount of sense.