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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: ďJesus Christ, Iím not scared to die. Iím a little bit scared of what comes after.Ē Itís evocative of the weird uncertain relationship humanity has with death, but I think itís wrong. Being dead is a breeze. Weíve 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 ďan infinite amount of timeĒ then god bless your foolish heart. Youíve already not existed for eternity and youíre 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 heís 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 donít really think that Iím 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 thatís 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 girlís mom who found the boner on her daughterís 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:
Itís fine, I guess. I donít wanna shit on any traditions, but it IS more or less a waste of time and energy at best and at worst itís 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 thereís 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
Hit the replies to watch Sundowner perform four songs for the "Little Elephant" sessions. The performance includes one song from each Sundowner full-length and one Lawrence Arms song. The songs will soon be pressed to a 7" by Fat Wreck Chords.
Jason Tate on 06/11/14 - 12:59 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, ĎDonít compare your band to NOFX. Weíre an anomaly and no one can expect to do what we did,í and heís right. Thereís no REASON that NOFX is huge and are going to be huge forever. Sure, they write great songs (so did American Steel). Sure, theyíre funny as hell (so are the Dickies). Sure, they helped define a genre (so did the Suicide Machines). None of that shit matters, yíall. And this is true in every field, creative or scientific, or anything in between. Thereís hard work and thereís talent, and those...
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:25 AM
Another fantastic blog by Brendan Kelly:
Iím in a band and no one takes people in bands, ESPECIALLY small bands, seriously), but generally, Iím totally cool with that. I like trying my hand at selling myself and my projects to Hollywood, Iíve got pretty thick skin, AND, at this point Iím experienced at this shit. Iíve been rejected by everyone from Clint Eastwood to CAA to New Line to MTV and on and on down the line. Itís always a pretty good story and beyond that, itís a blast to come up with something and get all excited about the fame and fortune that itís gonna bring me, and then coast back down to earth once I realize that Iíve been rejected again. This is usually the point where I...
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 11:39 AM
Brenden Kelly, of The Lawrence Arms, reflects on the last six-years of blogging.
As for things Iíve learned that arenít about the craft of writing: Donít say shit thatís controversial or antagonistic unless youíre sure you mean it or you REALLY donít care. The internet is full of trolls and all they want to do is hurt people who make stuff (even stuff as inconsequential as a dumb blog or thought catalog listicle). Thatís just their general MO. If you insult something they like, watch the fuck out.
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 11:53 AM
The Lawrence Arms have announced some Midwest tour dates for May and June. Check the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/15/14 - 11:16 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.
Thatís why people were so blown away when a band like the Starting Line made these songs that resonated with so many people. ďThat kidís only fucking 17!Ē motherfuckers were saying, and thatís why when Nomeansno put out the spectacular All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt a few years back, people were like, ďDAAAAMN! These old ass men have not lost a SINGLE FUCKING STEP!!! Theyíre still THE BEST!Ē (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 youíll 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 donít 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 youíve tried Ďem 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
"You were vintage clothes, simple prose, the eighth wonder of the world"
Staff ReviewsThe Lawrence Arms - Metropole (Scott Weber)
You Me At Six - Cavalier Youth (Jack Appleby)
Hailey, It Happens - Under the Brilliant Lights (Craig Manning)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags (Chris Collum)
Driftwood - Driftwood (Gregory Robson)
The Square (Jonathan Bautts)
Chris Collum on 01/27/14 - 08:39 PM
We recently interviewed Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms about what went into the making of the band's first full-length record in almost 8 years. Metropole will be officially released on Tuesday through Epitaph.
Thereís something fascinating to me about living in a huge metropolitan area and being totally alone even though youíre surrounded by people. That feeling of being lost in a crowd or alone in a group, itís one of the thematic drivers that we really latched onto when we were making this record.
Deborah Remus on 01/22/14 - 08:13 AM
"Your tells are so obvious."
ReviewsSecond Story - Not The Same As Last Year EP (Ryan Gardner)
Lakefield - Swan Song (Craig Manning)
Blitz Kids - The Good Youth (Andy Biddulph)
Abram Shook - Sun Marquee (Gregory Robson)
Young the Giant - Mind Over Matter (Gregory Robson)
The Past (Jonathan Bautts)
InterviewThe Lawrence Arms (Deborah Remus)
Ryan Gardner on 01/22/14 - 07:40 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has written up a new blog talking about some of the philisophies behind why they play songs, as well as addressing a few comments he's seen about the band's new album.
Two things though, real quick before I go, and these are only tangentially related to the above musings: 1) a few people have expressed disappointment in the fact that there are references to Twitter on this album. The arguments seem to be either A) thatís gonna date this record, broÖ besides, technology is kind of a faux pas in general when it comes to creating stuff of a certain caliber or B) Twitter is too stupid to sing about. But I disagree with both of these assessments and hereís...
Jason Tate on 01/21/14 - 11:14 AM
You can stream the new album from The Lawrence Arms, Metropole, in the replies. You should definitely do that. And if you missed our recent podcast talking about the album, check that out after.
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 11:28 AM
Watch The Lawrence Arms' music video for "Seventeener (17th and 37th)" on Spin.
Alex DiVincenzo on 01/06/14 - 07:06 AM
The Lawrence Arms will be touring the United States next year and you can find the dates in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 12/23/13 - 01:58 PM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog is about how we all fucking hate each other.
Youíre a religious guy? Thereís some asshole atheist out there who thinks youíre fucking stuuuupid. Youíre into sports? Hereís someone who is angry about the hegemony of warrior/slave culture. Youíre angry about the hegemony of warrior/slave culture? Weíre just trying to party over here, bro, donít fucking break my stride with that shit. You just want everyone to have enough food to eat? Youíre a communist. Youíre quiet? Speak up, loser. Youíre loud? Shut the fuck up. It goes on and on like this. Fuck, even if youíre a total centrist on every single position, extremists think youíre a pussy and the rest of us think...
Jason Tate on 11/25/13 - 01:41 PM
The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole on January 28th. The album artwork work can be found in the replies.

Track Listing
1) Chilean District
2) You Are Here
3) Hickey Avenue
4) Seventeener (17th & 37th)
5) Beautiful Things
6) Ancheron River
7) Metropole
8) Drunk Tweets
9) The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic
10) Never Fade Away
11) Paradise Shitty
12) October Blood
Jason Tate on 11/22/13 - 09:56 AM
The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole, their sixth studio album, first for Epitaph Records and first in eight years, on January 28, 2014. The first song released from that album, "You Are Here," is streaming on Noisey (read an interview there, too) and in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/18/13 - 09:31 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has written a blog about the why we need bands of all politics in music.
There are plenty of bands who donít give a shit. There are plenty of bands who are morally ambiguous. There are plenty of bands who whip the crowd into a frenzy and plenty of bands who donít give two fucks if there are any women in the bands they play with. Isnít it awesome that thereís a band out there that ISNíT that? You donít have to love em. But itís so fucking important that they exist, if for no other reason than because theyíre putting the boundary marker waaaaay out there for us all to see, so that when we consider the potential for a political bent in a band, it gets all...
Jason Tate on 11/13/13 - 12:41 PM
The Lawrence Arms will be playing a New Years Eve show at Concord Music Hall in Chicago.

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Jason Tate on 11/12/13 - 10:43 AM
The Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph Records.
Weíre super excited to announce that the Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph. We went and visited them in LA, we had some laughs and some grilled cheeses. We talked to Brett underneath the original painting of the Against the Grain cover (awesome!) and we thought that, shit, what better way to come back from a long break than on the label that put out most of the records that got us into punk rock in the first place? You know what? Thatís all true, but sheeshÖwhy do we even need to explain this to anyone? It used to be, a band just made a move and people were left to whisper about what happened, why, how itíll change shit etc. like a...
Alex DiVincenzo on 11/04/13 - 08:21 AM
Boys Night Out's Make Yourself Sick, Matchbook Romance's Stories and Alibis, The Lawrence Arms' The Greatest Story Ever Told and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below all came out 10 years ago today. Which one(s) do you still find yourself listening to?
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/23/13 - 08:36 AM
We recently interviewed Chris McCaughan to discuss his new Sundowner record and what's going on with The Lawrence Arms. Neon Fiction is being released this coming Tuesday through Fat Wreck Chords.
I think thatís kind of the idea, to me weíre making a record thatís not just an acoustic record from a guy in a punk band. This is something fully thought out, fleshed out, in a different way.
Deborah Remus on 08/29/13 - 01:17 PM
In the replies, you can watch some live video PropertyOfZack shot of Nick Diener of The Swellers' Warped Tour Acoustic Basement set in which he covers The Lawrence Arms and Weezer as well as performing an original song.
Drew Beringer on 08/02/13 - 12:26 PM
The Lawrence Arms are teasing new album info later this week.

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Jason Tate on 07/29/13 - 10:22 AM
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 ĎWindy Cityí." You can check out the purchase optionshere.
Cody Nelson on 07/23/13 - 08:22 AM
The Lawrence Arms have finished tracking their new record.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 06/12/13 - 08:59 AM
Although it's tough to hear, you can head to the replies to watch The Lawrence Arms' performing an untitled new song.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 05/25/13 - 11:59 AM
The Lawrence Arms are in the studio to begin work on their sixth full-length.

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Chris Collum on 05/09/13 - 05:54 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. Heís 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 Ďstraight edge,í he literally says ďlisten, thereís no set of rules.Ē However, like so many people who condemn homodom based on scripture, yet persist in eating shellfish, a lot of people took the ďI donít smoke, I donít drink, I donít fuckĒ section to be...
Jason Tate on 02/07/13 - 11:48 AM
The Lawrence Arms will release an album this year. They've got eight demos done and they're finishing three more tonight.
From The BandWell, well, well, after 7 of the most boring years ever, we are finally back up to speed with this 'making records' shit. We've got 8 demos in the can, we're doing 3 more tonight. That's an album, folks. After Australia, we'll lay it down for you people proper like. Get stoked, turdlets.
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/27/13 - 11:05 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 Ď99, and he said something to the effect of: ďThe way I know if my lyrics are good is if Iím nervous to sing them in front of people.Ē Like, if the content kind of freaks you out, thatís when you know youíre getting somewhere. So these songs were coming out kind of weird, and I was like, ďLetís push them to be even moreÖdark.Ē And I am nervous, and thatís 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, weíve 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, hereís the worst possible interview questions that you can be asked, in no particular order: ďWhat does your band sound like, for those people out there who havenít heard you?Ē ďWho are your influences?Ē ďWhat does your band name mean?Ē and finally, my personal least favorite ďWhatís the craziest thing thatís ever happened to you on tour?Ē Letís go through these one by one and discuss why theyíre questions that suck.

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Jason Tate on 12/03/12 - 12:45 PM
Brendan Kelly has confirmed that The Lawrence Arms have recorded five demos for the upcoming record.
From His BlogLook, I donít know. I donít know what this record is gonna be, but it definitely continues the Lawrence Arms tradition of being totally different than what we did before. Itís not Oh! Calcutta! and itís not Buttsweat and Tears. In fact, we were talking about this last night and if youíre the kind of dork that spends way too much time thinking on the Lawrence Arms catalog (and thatís exactly the kind of dork I am) then this next bit may be interesting. If youíre not, you may want to just skip it and get on with your life.
Deborah Remus on 11/22/12 - 07:45 AM
Asian Man Records is re-pressing The Lawrence Arms' Ghost Stories and Cocktails & Dreams. More information coming soon.

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Drew Beringer on 11/06/12 - 11:00 AM
Looks like Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) is contributing some back-up vocals for Alkaline Trio's upcoming album.
Drew Beringer on 10/23/12 - 02:55 PM
Watch Brendan Kelly perform a new song titled "The Profiteers" in the replies. The track might find its way onto the upcoming record by The Lawrence Arms.
Deborah Remus on 09/13/12 - 02:39 PM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms recently performed a new song called "These Pigs Seem to be Getting the Best of Me" -- Kelly said that the song would probably appear on the band's next album. Check it in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/10/12 - 12:24 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 weíre in the beginning stages of getting our footing back and remembering what the band sounded like. Iíve got three songs that Iíve showed him along with some other ideas and he's showed me two songs himself. Itís in the early stages, but that stuff has the tendency to start rolling pretty fast once itís been started. Weíre hoping to get in the studio sometime before the summer ends.
Deborah Remus on 04/27/12 - 08:51 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
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
Album Reviews
View this review.Metropole
By Scott Weber
Staff Review
Interviews
View this review.The Lawrence Arms
By Deborah Remus

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