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#0012 – Music Journal-gasm

The music journalist with integrity is a modern rarity beset by obstacles: the slow death of their industry, defensive hostility from artists, and the easy temptation to lower their standards in the name of potential virality. So, for this episode, I invited prolific writer Marcus Dowling and RN Editor-in-Chief Bryce Rudow to join me in choosing a recently-published piece of music journalism/writing that either exemplifies the under-appreciated diligence of talented music writers orexposes...


#0011 – The Music That Defined 2017

Late December and early January have become so plagued with excess retrospections and perfectly-adequate "best of" lists no music fan could possibly keep up with them all. Thus, the Talking Like a Jerk braintrust (Editor-in-Chief Bryce Rudow and I) decided to let our personal 2017 superlatives cool on the rack for a bit before yanking them out of the hype oven. Read the full story on


#0010 – The Year in Music in Washington DC – Part 2

In Part Two, we lighten up, keep it musical and eclectic, and share our favorite artists, songs, and live shows from the past year in the 202: Read the full story on


#0009 – The Year in Music in Washington DC – Part 1

In Part One, we discuss the daunting challenges to making art in this city in 2017, including the recent changes to DC’s media landscape, fluctuating audience engagement, and the struggle to provide responsible context for the city’s musical past and present: Read the full story on


#0008 – Pitchfork, and the Last Decade of Music

In the 21 years since Pitchfork’s launch, the Chicago-based music website has crafted itself into an essential outlet for criticism (and discovery) of independent music. Forging their own style of editorial authenticity through overly-passionate and often irreverent reviews of your favorite band — and eventually branching out into the curation of music festivals, coverage of mainstream artists, and the publication of more diverse music-related content — its influence has grown...


#0007 – LCD Soundsystem and the “american dream”

Immediately after LCD Soundsystem announced their rumored yet ultimately unexpected return in early 2016, the Random Nerds dance-punk braintrust — composed of Editor-in-Chief Bryce Rudow, contributing writer and editor Justin McCarthy, and I — wrote passionately about the emotions and consequences their reunion yielded. But now, after 18 months of festival headlining shows, sold out Brooklyn gigs, and quietly growing skepticism from critics and audiences, we finally have a new album:...


#0006 – Washington D.C.’s Music Economy

Random Nerds’ marbled home of Washington D.C. masks an underexposed music scene that’s extended well beyond the cultural touchstones of its go-go and punk roots yet still struggles to break out of its at-capacity borders. For this podcast episode of Talking Like a Jerk, I tapped two of the city’s most loquacious minds -- Marcus Dowling, cultural creative and concept designer behind Decades Nightclub, and Alex Tebeleff, DIY show organizer and member of such musical projects as Paperhaus and...


#0005 – We Love U2 Almost as Much as You Hate Them

U2 is a band whose bloated ambition and oblivious business acumen has, for the past decade, nearly eradicated all memory of their uplifting, cinematic rock in the 80’s and inventive, genre-melding rock in the 90s. That’s why, for the past decade, I have decided to keep my lifelong love for them buried under stacks of more avant, and vastly hipper music. Read the full story on


#0001 – Music After Trump

Following November’s election of a bullying, nationalist, anti-arts, anti-free press president who perpetually rejects objective truth, the above audiophilic sentiment was echoed in cafes and think pieces across the country; a faint silver lining extracted from the foreboding horizon. And Washington D.C., the nation’s capital and (second) home to the President, is being tapped as … Continue reading #0001 – Music After Trump


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