John is a lifelong Chicagoan, except for a five year sojourn to Beloit, Wisconsin where he studied History, Education and (especially) cheese. Like most humanities majors, he's still trying to find a way to turn his degree into money and spends his days writing rental contracts and planning events to pay the bills. John spends his free time enjoying Chicago's many wonderful craft beers, bemoaning the death of print culture and sending emails full of helpful suggestions to the GM of the White Sox which have so far gone strangely unanswered. He has been known to Tweet as @onwarmermusic which is also the name of his poor, neglected blog.
We Call It Living the Dream: An Interview with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | 16 Sep 2013 // 2:15 AM
The acclaimed Missouri indie-poppers talk with PopMatters about whether to name a song "Harrison Ford" on their new album (they did), being forced to play a song on Russian television, and their love of J-Pop.
Music That Hits You in the Body: An Interview With the Thermals' Westin Glass | 15 Apr 2013 // 7:00 PM
Thermals drummer Westin Glass talks about touring, staying D.I.Y. and the group’s back-to-basics approach on their new record.
'The End of Absence' Is an Argument to Turn Off and Tune In | 15 Oct 2014 // 2:30 AM
These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.
The Rock*A*Teens: Sweet Bird of Youth (Reissue) | 23 Jun 2014 // 9:04 PM
Released 14 years ago, the final album from Atlanta's Rock*A*Teens' failed to find an audience its first time around. Merge's reissue gives it a much-deserved second chance.
The Autumn Stones - 'Escapists' (album stream) (premiere) | 29 Jun 2015 // 7:30 AM
The Toronto band sounds more seasoned on their new album Escapists, which has been four years in the making.
Epic - '#OPRAH' (album stream) (Premiere) | 7 Nov 2014 // 11:00 AM
On his first solo release, Epic (from the Chicago hip-hop maestros BBU) obliterates the boundary between personal and political.