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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: “Jesus Christ, I’m not scared to die. I’m a little bit scared of what comes after.” It’s evocative of the weird uncertain relationship humanity has with death, but I think it’s wrong. Being dead is a breeze. We’ve 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 “an infinite amount of time” then god bless your foolish heart. You’ve already not existed for eternity and you’re 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 he’s 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's penned a new blog about the "sexting" case currently taking place in Manassas, VA.
I don’t really think that I’m out of line when I say that a bunch of grown men pulling a kid into a room and injecting him with a drug that will cause him to get a boner and then taking pictures of said boner is a fucked up, terrible thing. Yet that’s exactly what seems to be on the verge of happening in Manassas, VA as retribution for a 17 year old guy texting a picture of his boner to his 15 year old then-girlfriend during a sexy text exchange. The girl seems to have texted pictures of herself to the boy as well, but it was the girl’s mom who found the boner on her daughter’s phone and...
Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 10:35 AM
Brendan Kelly tackles inspirational-quotes, inspirational speeches, and self-help books in his latest blog entry:
It’s fine, I guess. I don’t wanna shit on any traditions, but it IS more or less a waste of time and energy at best and at worst it’s 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 there’s 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, ‘Don’t compare your band to NOFX. We’re an anomaly and no one can expect to do what we did,’ and he’s right. There’s no REASON that NOFX is huge and are going to be huge forever. Sure, they write great songs (so did American Steel). Sure, they’re funny as hell (so are the Dickies). Sure, they helped define a genre (so did the Suicide Machines). None of that shit matters, y’all. And this is true in every field, creative or scientific, or anything in between. There’s hard work and there’s talent, and those...
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:25 AM
Another fantastic blog by Brendan Kelly:
I’m in a band and no one takes people in bands, ESPECIALLY small bands, seriously), but generally, I’m totally cool with that. I like trying my hand at selling myself and my projects to Hollywood, I’ve got pretty thick skin, AND, at this point I’m experienced at this shit. I’ve been rejected by everyone from Clint Eastwood to CAA to New Line to MTV and on and on down the line. It’s always a pretty good story and beyond that, it’s a blast to come up with something and get all excited about the fame and fortune that it’s gonna bring me, and then coast back down to earth once I realize that I’ve been rejected again. This is usually the point where I...
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 11:39 AM
Brendan Kelly and Sam Russo are teaming up for a 7" called Split the Tip, which will be released digitally through Red Scare Industries on May 13 and physically on May 20. Today we're bringing you a stream of "Frangelico Houston", which is one of Brendan's songs that you can hear in the replies. According to him it's written about the time he hung out with Peter Murphy and he was drunk in the morning. Lines in the song are lifted from actual conversations that they had. If you like the song pre-orders are currently available.
Deborah Remus on 05/06/14 - 04:36 AM
Red Scare Industries has confirmed through Punknews.org that the label will be releasing a 7" called Split the Tip from Brendan Kelly and Sam Russo on May 20th. Pre-orders are available here.
Deborah Remus on 03/20/14 - 09:03 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.
That’s why people were so blown away when a band like the Starting Line made these songs that resonated with so many people. “That kid’s only fucking 17!” motherfuckers were saying, and that’s why when Nomeansno put out the spectacular All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt a few years back, people were like, “DAAAAMN! These old ass men have not lost a SINGLE FUCKING STEP!!! They’re still THE BEST!” (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
Brendan Kelly's latest blog is for all aspiring musicians out there.
Get out there and play as soon and as often as possible, because you’ll never be good until you start figuring out what you really sound like, and the only way to do that is to watch strangers, who don’t give a fuck about your feelings, get bored and walk away during your long, meticulous intro or guitar solo. Comedians talk a lot about how the only way to get good at standup is to bomb, and the same goes for playing rock and roll. Until you’ve tried ‘em out on other people, chances are, you THINK your ideas are way cooler than they are. Playing in front of people will slap your blinders off fast. The best crash course...
Jason Tate on 02/07/14 - 03:19 PM
Asian Man Records is re-pressing Slapstick's (Dan Andriano, Brendan Kelly) Self-Titled record.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 01/31/14 - 10:15 PM
The Fest has added a couple dozen bands, including RVIVR, Diarrhea Planet, The Dangerous Summer, The Last (featuring Bill Steneson and Karl Alvarez), Brainworms (reunion), Little League (final show), Brendan Kelly, Diamond Youth, Army of Ponch and more. The total number of bands playing Fest 12 is now 395. Additional, the schedule for Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor can be seen here. Tickets are here and the full lineup is in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 08/09/13 - 12:19 PM
Comedian Kyle Kinane and some of his friends (among which is musical guest Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms) put together a self-proclaimed 'love letter to Chicago' comedy show a few months ago, and the general public is finally able to purchase it starting today. Entitled 'Dancing Around the S*** Fire,' it highlights Kinane's "return to a sold out crowd to confess his hilariously true stories and hijinks of living in the ‘Windy City’." You can check out the purchase optionshere.
Cody Nelson on 07/23/13 - 08:22 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawerence Arms) has updated his blog after the band played Soundwave.
Speaking of, Blink’s compound guards were told to memorize the faces of the dudes in the band because they didn’t want to have to wear or show passes. That’s a cool perk of being in a 3 piece that I’ve not experimented with yet (side note, Travis wasn’t there, which prompted us to consider that he’s far and away the most famous of those dudes. Can you think of any other band in the history of the world where the [non singing] drummer is the most famous guy in the band? That’s just weird).
Jason Tate on 03/12/13 - 11:42 AM
Brendan Kelly has updated his blog discussing straight edge, 15 years later.
When it began, straight edge was a term coined by Ian MacKaye in a Minor Threat tune and it had to do with his personal technique for keeping it together and how it sometimes made him feel like an outsider. He’s been pretty vocal about the fact that he never set it up to be a dogma or anything. In fact, in the very song where he lists off what gives him his ‘straight edge,’ he literally says “listen, there’s no set of rules.” However, like so many people who condemn homodom based on scripture, yet persist in eating shellfish, a lot of people took the “I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t fuck” section to be...
Jason Tate on 02/07/13 - 11:48 AM
The always quotable Brendan Kelly recently sat down for a very in-depth interview with The Inertia.
From the InterviewSo I was thinking about this interview I read with Billie Joe Armstrong around ‘99, and he said something to the effect of: “The way I know if my lyrics are good is if I’m nervous to sing them in front of people.” Like, if the content kind of freaks you out, that’s when you know you’re getting somewhere. So these songs were coming out kind of weird, and I was like, “Let’s push them to be even more…dark.” And I am nervous, and that’s why the song about cutting up little kids and stuff, that kind of came out of that entire notion.
Jason Tate on 01/23/13 - 12:19 PM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has updated his blog talking a little about mental health and our nation's current problems.
From the Blog The funny thing is, here in America, we’ve closed down all the supercomputer repair shops except for the ones that are located inside jails. Beyond that, because these computers are SO powerful, we, as a nation have decided to be very, very afraid of people with malfunctioning computers to the point where we stigmatize and marginalize them. Consider that.
Jason Tate on 12/17/12 - 11:28 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) offers some advice for would-be interviewers.
From the BlogSo, here’s the worst possible interview questions that you can be asked, in no particular order: “What does your band sound like, for those people out there who haven’t heard you?” “Who are your influences?” “What does your band name mean?” and finally, my personal least favorite “What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on tour?” Let’s go through these one by one and discuss why they’re questions that suck.

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Jason Tate on 12/03/12 - 12:45 PM
Check out our interview with Brendan Kelly here. We discuss his new project, The Lawrence Arms, his blog and more.
From the InterviewMe and Chris have gotten together three times already to show each other stuff. Right now we’re in the beginning stages of getting our footing back and remembering what the band sounded like. I’ve got three songs that I’ve showed him along with some other ideas and he's showed me two songs himself. It’s in the early stages, but that stuff has the tendency to start rolling pretty fast once it’s been started. We’re hoping to get in the studio sometime before the summer ends.
Deborah Remus on 04/27/12 - 08:51 AM
When you figure, it makes a fig out of you and re.
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Alex DiVincenzo on 04/27/12 - 05:23 AM
We'll be interviewing Brendan Kelly this week so feel free to leave any questions you might have in the replies.

EDIT: Interview is completed and will be posted soon.
Deborah Remus on 04/23/12 - 04:02 PM
The Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly and Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio will be touring Europe together this summer. Dates in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/23/12 - 10:48 AM
Stream the new Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds album here.

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Jason Tate on 03/27/12 - 10:11 AM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms stopped by "Complete Control with Joe Sib" and performed a track from his current project. Check it out in the replies.
Jason Tate on 03/26/12 - 04:03 PM
Brendan Kelly has released a short film created by himself and Nick Martin. Check it out in the replies.
From BlogThis is a little something Nick and I have been working on. It's kind of a small companion to the new Wandering Birds record. The title of this is either "The Spirit Of Transparency" or "the Betrothed" depending on if you trust the top of the Vimeo page or the title in the actual video. Whatever. We can't be expected to synchronize every little thing. Enjoy, fuckers.
Jason Tate on 03/12/12 - 01:09 PM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has posted a blog entry as an open letter to Patrick Stump.
From the BlogFirstly, you are the one that’s in charge, whether it seems like it or not. Here’s what I mean: everyone is an armchair quarterback. Everyone who likes something thinks they know exactly how to make it better or to keep it successful in the face of perceived mismanagement. This is a universal human trait (this is even MORE universal than the notion of people being cruel to public figures, in fact) and it manifests in sports, politics, writing, television and music. But those people (us, because all of us do this), about 99.9999999 percent of the time have NO FUCKING IDEA...
Jason Tate on 03/02/12 - 12:21 PM
Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds will release I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever on March 27th through Red Scare Industries.

Track Listing
1) Suffer The Children, Come Unto Me
2) Doin' Crimes
3) A Man With The Passion of Tennessee Williams
4) What's A Boy To Do?
5) Ramblin' Revisited
6) Dance of the Doomed
7) American Vagina
8) East St. Louis
9) Latenightsupersonicelasticbags
10) Your Mother
11) Covered In Flies
12) The Thud And The Echo
Deborah Remus on 02/29/12 - 05:42 PM
Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms has a new project called Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds. A three song digital EP, A Man With The Passion of Tennessee Williams, will be released on December 27. A full-length will be released in February though Red Scare.
Deborah Remus on 12/07/11 - 11:01 AM
Madina Lake will be playing the Rock N Raise benefit for Darfur this Sunday February 14th with The Blisters, Big Science, and Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms. Tickets can be purcahsed here.
Jamie Pham on 02/08/10 - 01:27 PM
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