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Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms has posted a new blog.
To be clear: I hate the idea of thuggish censorship. I hate violence. I strongly distrust guns. I hate radical fundamentalism, whether itís islam or christianity. Fuck it all. However, I think that our narrative is deeply flawed when we see these kinds of acts and donít even ask why theyíre happening beyond ďwow, these assholes hate our freedom and get super butthurt when you mock their dumb prophet.Ē Thatís ignoring A) that this is an act perpetrated by crazy people and B) that thereís rage out there thatís very real and itís the result of personal loss and horrible grief. ďThey hate our freedom?Ē Sheeeit, maybe because our...
Jason Tate on 01/08/15 - 12:31 PM
Brendan Kelly's written a new blog addressing stolen photos, victim shaming, and a whole lot more.
So, yeah. I'm upset at the way that the current spate of "hacked celebrity nudes" has created a noxious victim blaming firestorm here on the internet, stemming mostly from everyone wanting to see Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton naked, feeling guilty, and then shifting that guilt onto those girls as to feel a little bit better about looking at their intimate photos. Pretty lame, even for you, Millhouse.
Jason Tate on 09/03/14 - 10:56 AM
The Lawrence Arms will be doing a short string of shows in the UK this fall. Dates in the replies.
Jason Tate on 07/30/14 - 10:50 AM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog looks into the worst ways to die.
That dude from Brand New sings a line that I think is pretty good: ďJesus Christ, Iím not scared to die. Iím a little bit scared of what comes after.Ē Itís evocative of the weird uncertain relationship humanity has with death, but I think itís wrong. Being dead is a breeze. Weíve all already done it before. Begin at the moment you were born and go backwards to the beginning of time. How long is that? If you answered anything other than ďan infinite amount of timeĒ then god bless your foolish heart. Youíve already not existed for eternity and youíre fine right now, right?
Jason Tate on 07/25/14 - 04:04 PM
In a recent interview with Punks in Vegas, Mike Park (Asian Man Records) revealed that he's asked Brendan Kelly to do a children's album for his Fun Fun imprint.
I've already talked to Brendan and heís on board, but having him actually finish is another story altogether.

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Jason Tate on 07/25/14 - 08:37 AM
Brendan Kelly tackles inspirational-quotes, inspirational speeches, and self-help books in his latest blog entry:
Itís fine, I guess. I donít wanna shit on any traditions, but it IS more or less a waste of time and energy at best and at worst itís a terrible platform for some dumb dick who lucked into a lottery-win caliber job to reinforce their own deluded notion that they understand how the world works better than everyone else (this is particularly funny because thereís almost no one less qualified to explain to young people how to make it in the world than people who get paid millions of dollars to pretend to be other people, write laws about other people, or play shitty pop songs)....
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 03:31 PM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog tackles the idea of success, timing, and what it all means in the grand scheme of things.
My friend and mentor Mike Burkett is very fond of telling people, ĎDonít compare your band to NOFX. Weíre an anomaly and no one can expect to do what we did,í and heís right. Thereís no REASON that NOFX is huge and are going to be huge forever. Sure, they write great songs (so did American Steel). Sure, theyíre funny as hell (so are the Dickies). Sure, they helped define a genre (so did the Suicide Machines). None of that shit matters, yíall. And this is true in every field, creative or scientific, or anything in between. Thereís hard work and thereís talent, and those...
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:25 AM
Another fantastic blog by Brendan Kelly:
Iím in a band and no one takes people in bands, ESPECIALLY small bands, seriously), but generally, Iím totally cool with that. I like trying my hand at selling myself and my projects to Hollywood, Iíve got pretty thick skin, AND, at this point Iím experienced at this shit. Iíve been rejected by everyone from Clint Eastwood to CAA to New Line to MTV and on and on down the line. Itís always a pretty good story and beyond that, itís a blast to come up with something and get all excited about the fame and fortune that itís gonna bring me, and then coast back down to earth once I realize that Iíve been rejected again. This is usually the point where I...
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 11:39 AM
Brenden Kelly, of The Lawrence Arms, reflects on the last six-years of blogging.
As for things Iíve learned that arenít about the craft of writing: Donít say shit thatís controversial or antagonistic unless youíre sure you mean it or you REALLY donít care. The internet is full of trolls and all they want to do is hurt people who make stuff (even stuff as inconsequential as a dumb blog or thought catalog listicle). Thatís just their general MO. If you insult something they like, watch the fuck out.
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 11:53 AM
The Lawrence Arms have announced some Midwest tour dates for May and June. Check the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/15/14 - 11:16 AM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms has written a blog about getting old in punk-rock. Or something like that ... my own old age has led to me having to squint to read the text on the screen.
Thatís why people were so blown away when a band like the Starting Line made these songs that resonated with so many people. ďThat kidís only fucking 17!Ē motherfuckers were saying, and thatís why when Nomeansno put out the spectacular All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt a few years back, people were like, ďDAAAAMN! These old ass men have not lost a SINGLE FUCKING STEP!!! Theyíre still THE BEST!Ē (go listen to the song Mr. In Between if you doubt the fury of the mighty, unbreakable power of Nomeansno, and...
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 08:00 PM
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