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After a short time away from his View From the Back feature, Paul Shirley returns today with a look at the genius of Fucked Up. Paul recently saw the group perform at Kansas City's Middle of the Map festival, and he was apparently extremely impressed. Head to the replies to read Paul's thoughts on the show and, on a larger scale, the essence of the band. Remember you can email Paul about his columns for AP.net or get at him on Twitter.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/31/12 - 02:36 PM
Today we've got something new for you guys. It's a podcast featuring Paul Shirley, whose View From the Back column has appeared on AP.net many a time, and Max Kerman of Canadian rock band Arkells. Paul's podcast, dubbed "FlipCast" and normally hosted on FlipCollective, is usually co-hosted by either Mick Shaffer or Riley Breckenridge (Thrice), but this is a special version. You can check out the first 10 minutes of the podcast in the replies, which includes a new Arkells song from their newest album Michigan Left, and if you like what you hear, download the rest of the 45-minute podcast on iTunes.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/19/12 - 04:50 PM
In Paul Shirley's seventh View From The Back column for AP.net, he discusses his recent Guns N'Roses experience. Head to the replies to read Paul's thoughts on watching the band live and his reflections on their music as he grew up with it. Leave your thoughts in the replies and remember you can email Paul or get at him on Twitter.
Thomas Nassiff on 03/26/12 - 11:53 AM
For the sixth installment of his "View from the Back" column, Paul Shirley looks at the immense popularity of The Black Keys from a new perspective. Head to the replies to read "The Black Keys and the Artist's American Dream," where Paul discusses the tipping point for the band and how it was able to reach millions of people after starting out relatively small in 2003. Remember that you can contact Paul via his Twitter or send him an email.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/26/12 - 12:50 PM
For the fifth installment of his "View from the Back" column, Paul Shirley decides to tackle the task of putting into perspective the wonderful electronic sounds of Cloudkicker. Head to the replies to see his thoughts on Ben Sharp's latest release - not so much a review as it is a different style of insight into the album. Remember that you can contact Paul via his Twitter or send him an email.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/12/12 - 11:32 AM
Today sees the fourth installment of Paul Shirley's The View from the Back column, and it's about an unlikely musician. Head to the replies to read Shirley's opinion about a recent Chris Cornell solo show and how it made him rethink the artist, and remember you can always email him or get at him on Twitter.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/29/11 - 11:05 AM
Today we have the third installment of Paul Shirley's guest column, "The View from the Back," to present to you all. Head to the replies to read Paul's recap about 2011, including a Top 10 list with discussion about each record. Remember you can talk to him on Twitter or send him an email if you want.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/15/11 - 11:34 AM
Today we have the second installment of Paul Shirley's guest column - now entitled "The View from the Back" - to present to you guys. Today, Paul debates the negatives of Spotify and other music streaming services. Head to the replies to read this week's column called "Spotify and Menus," and remember you can talk to him on Twitter or send him an email if you want.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/02/11 - 11:03 AM
Today, we're bringing you guys a guest column from Paul Shirley - a former NBA player who has written about music and sports for the likes of ESPN, Esquire, Slate and the Wall Street Journal. You can head to the replies to read Paul's column about Amy Klein's departure from Titus Andronicus and, more broadly, the human tendency of how music fans to react to change in a band. Be sure to weigh in with your own thoughts. Paul is the chief editor for FlipCollective.com, a website for writers, and this is his first piece for AP.net. You can find him on Twitter or send him an email if you'd like.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/15/11 - 01:32 PM
Former NBA player and current ESPN columnist Paul Shirley has written an article about Brand New.
From the ColumnJust as the subjects of Raphael's paintings weren't the most important thing about them, the subjects of Lacey's lyrics aren't the whole point. The point is the commitment he pours into them. The point is the important questions he's asking. The point is that he's not preaching or proselytizing. The point is that he's expressing what it's like to be human and to be wrenched by the same questions that any reasonable human has: What am I doing? Why am I here? Is there anything else?
Anton Djamoos on 10/27/09 - 12:09 PM

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