Only one band in the world right now could blast nonstop through a 75-minute “rock opera” and still leave you wanting more. And that band would be Fucked Up.

With “David Comes to Life,” moving one step closer to the circle that includes the Clash, the Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, and not too many others.

“Queen of Hearts”

Album Promo, Matador Records


The Clash – Sandinista

December 12, 2010

“Sandinista” came out in the UK on December 12, 1980. Needless to say, I immediately bought the import, and maybe for that reason always associate the album with this time of year. Still love it 30 years later; and I bet I still will, 30 years from today.

To be honest, I was kind of disappointed by the end of Jonathan Franzen’s new book, “Freedom.” Secretly, I had hoped the guy would just stay up in the Minnesota woods, alone, letting his righteous fury grow as tall as the trees.

But of course I get it. Withdrawal in disgust may not be the same as apathy, but nor is it a likely way to solve the world’s — or one’s own — problems either.

Like the Clash and Husker Du, two of the greatest punk bands that they stand right on par with, and like Pavement on their date with IKEA, No Age have chosen to stay and fight.  And thank goodness for that.  “Everything In Between,” their new and best lp, is all about the real world, about hanging around, about fighting the good fight.