Ken Kesey used to say that “transcending the bullshit” of American society was what the Merry Pranksters were all about and I’ve always envisioned this site aspiring to accomplish the same thing. Because it’s impossible to separate music from politics, activism, and social commentary in 2023, the “Other Drugs” portion of the title covers whatever else might be discussed here.
People often say that your perspective on life softens once you have children, but the birth of my first son in 2015 only intensified my desire to hold American pop culture to a higher standard. If the mainstream media was no longer going to provide my children and future generations in general with respectable music journalism, I had to take it upon myself to do so.
If you’re looking for verbiage that is essentially an extension of the corporate trough, you’ve come to the wrong place.