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“Passion. Do You Have What It Takes?”

What you are looking at is photo of Brett Sanderson of Headlights and his awesome rock face. This hilarious picture, along with the above caption, was sent in by Mr. Sanderson in response to a remark I made a while back about Brett’s vast repertoire of anguish-laden musical performance faces that wasn’t nearly as funny as his response, and not worth repeating here.

Had no idea the greater implications of this photo until I revisited 11 minutes ago. I always recognized the subtle power of this image, its purity, and the magnetic quality it possesses that disallows me to look away once I’ve laid my eyes upon it, but the magic of its meaning had yet to penetrate the surface of my fifty-thoughts-a-second having head.

One reason this drum face photo rules is simply because its so fucking relatable to anybody who’s ever made a face like this, players and fans alike, that it immediately cements our collective identity as part-time primal beasts.

I also love the fact that this picture reminded me of how often I see the “rock face” and fail to immediately laugh aloud. I had simply forgotten how totally hilarious it is to see somebody make a face like this or make one myself.

I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Be it singing in the car, playing air guitar or Rock Band on Wii, we have all done it to some extent. I’m doing it now in the mirror and I don’t even have an instrument in my hands. I look like an idiot. I look like I’m slaying an imaginary dragon. Take a look…

Retarded right?

But awesome too.

It is time to celebrate the faces of rock.

Send me photos of your favorite rock faces: guitar, drum and key faces, horn faces, of viola and bass faces, of others, of yourself, I don’t care.

For it is this iconic frozen image, the music-inspired primal dichotomy of creation and destruction that will bind future tongue wagging, arm flailing, drool dripping, karate kicking generations of musicians together and urge them to give their soul AND body to the music.

Let’s find power in our individual ugliness TOGETHER.

Headlights Smile. Charm Host.

‘I work for a landlord fixing holes in walls and locks and cleaning up vomit and various assorted other disgusting tasks.’ - Brett Sanderson

So I had a chat with Headlights on my patio when they were in town and later came to these realizations:

1. After constant and repeated listening, Headlights’ music only gets better;
2. They’re the nicest band in the history of music;
3. They seem to genuinely love each other;
4. There is still goodness left in the world;
5. They spend way too much time together;
6. They do not all have sex together;
7. They need a bigger van;
8. They smell better when they’re leaving my house, than when they arrive; and,
9. Before they left, they broke my toilet, but it’s a small price to pay for all the joy they bring me.



First Song/Last Song and Things In Between

The Road/Cities


Word Association/Character Assassination

‘Cherry Tulips’ Video - Directed by Julian Acosta at J-Four

Sleep Never “Last Song on Earth” Mixtape

What a person would choose to listen to on their way to the big lights out says a lot about them: whether they’re a lighthearted, nostalgic, happy-go-lucky, hateful or melodramatic person, whether they take this life too seriously or the idea of their own death not seriously enough.

Or maybe they just absolutely love the shit out of ‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsey Buckingham and want to make sure they stock up on enough echoes of the chorus to last them for eternity, whatever their destination.

You get the idea.

Anyway, here are some selections made by artists that have appeared on Sleep Never:

1. ?Pure Imagination? ? Willy Wonka (Erin Fein, Headlights)
2. ?Ambulance vs. Ambulance? ? The Blood Brothers (Lillica Libertine)
3. ?Cool for Cats? ? Squeeze (Hollywood Holt)
4. ?Everybody Must Get Stoned’ Bob Dylan ? (Tristan Wraight, Headlights)
5. ?Imagine? ? John Lennon (Tommie Sunshine)
6. ?Bad? ? U2 (Greg Corner, Kill Hannah)
7. ‘Don?t You Remember You Told Me You Love Me Baby? ? Karen Carpenter (Katie White, The Ting Tings)
8. ?Asleep? ? The Smiths (Mat Devine, Kill Hannah)
9. ?Over the Rainbow? ? Eva Cassidy (Jules De Martino, The Ting Tings)
10. ? The Sound of the Sinners? ? The Clash (Chris K., Sleep Never)


This Week Only - Sleep Never Takes A Request

And this long distance dedication goes out to the boys and girl in Headlights

The World Premiere of the Asshole Parking Trilogy in its entirety.


A really smart and strange little black cat has been hanging out on my patio, sitting next to me on a patio chair while I write. Whenever I open my screen door (day or night) he’s there within seconds trying to force his way into my house.

One evening I was on the phone in my kitchen and he walked out of the hallway leading to my bedroom and past me into the living room. The little fucker snuck in and had been hanging out inside all day. Didn?t leave a hair and didn?t piss or shit. Good cat.

I was interviewing Headlights that afternoon and I think they must?ve accidentally let him in while they were breaking my toilet that day.


You think I didn?t hear that toilet running non-stop when you left?

Anyway, this is Orwell:

So I named him Orwell, and then found out from my landlord Salomon that the 4 month old female kitten is his wife?s, and her name is Cecil. (Though Salomon?s from El Salvador and pronounces it Sessil). Cecil is a suck pet name, so I?m going to continue to call him Orwell.
You should call him Orwell too.