TNB Music is bursting at the seams with albums to be reviewed, interviews to conduct, features to write, concerts to attend and news to report. We’re looking to augment our plucky staff by two positions:

TNB Music Contributor

Duties include monthly album reviews, plus regular features including artist interviews, concert reviews, music biography reviews and general music features. While contributor will be assigned certain albums and artists to cover, she or he will also enjoy wide latitude to cover features of interest to them, and we will move mountains to give this person the space they need to carve out a tasty little space they can call their very own. THIS IS AN UNPAID POSITION. Can you believe the gall? However, with so many people jockeying for attention in the music blogosphere, this position offers the chance to place your writing in front of a broad (opinionated) international audience, add a new writing credit to your resume and enjoy access to both established and up-and-coming artists. If you’ve got the chops, we’ve got the readers. This position is ideal for the writer looking to expand his or her online footprint. TNB music writers have gone on to score book deals, freelance work with reputable music magazines and jobs at some high-profile music sites.

Commitment would be approximately two features per month, plus regular album reviews.

If you’re ready to join our team, send a letter of introduction, plus links to two or three writing samples to: [email protected]


TNB Music Intern

Our last intern set the bar massively high and we’re looking forward to seeing who might want to pick up the reins of the TNB Music Internship. Although we call it an “internship,” you’re really driving the ship. This position oversees album reviews, label correspondence and the TNB Music Calendar. In addition to the admin, we believe that the TNB Intern should get the chance to contribute reviews and features as well, so ideally this person is interested in a career in journalism and has some experience writing about music. We sent our last intern off to music festivals and concerts, she conducted interviews, worked with record labels to secure copies of upcoming releases and she generally put up with our nonsense. Like the position above, THIS IS AN UNPAID POSITION. We will, however, make sure you get access to cool albums and great shows (depending on where you live, of course). The TNB Music Intern needs to be motivated to make the most of this opportunity; they must be organized and comfortable with self-direction. If you’re someone who needs constant attention and supervision, this is not the gig for you. We need you to supervise us, not the other way around.

Commitment would be approximately 4-8 hours per week and would include managing the reviews calendar, assigning reviews, staging features for publication and contributing features as desired.

If this is you, send a letter of introduction, plus links to two or three writing samples to: [email protected] If this is a college internship, please cut and paste the details of the internship in the body of your email.


The Nervous Breakdown and Emergency Press host TNBLE New York on May 28th at Public Assembly, in Williamsburg.  

For TNB NYC on May 28th, we will open up Public Assembly for 4 performers and writers – Edgar Oliver and Elna Baker from New York, and TNB authors Chad Faries and Lenore Zion. The event will be hosted by TNB contributor Tove K. Danovich. 

Oliver and Baker are featured performers at The Moth, the national storytelling organization. Faries and Zion are both Emergency Press authors. Zion, out of Los Angeles, is one of the original writers at TNB, and author of the novel Stupid Children, due out in early 2013. Faries will tell stories at the center of his new memoir, Drive Me Out of My Mind

Public Assembly is located at 70 North 6th St. (Wythe) in Williamsburg. Event runs from 7:00 – 10:00, and admission is $5 at the door. Full, satisfying bar. 

Chad Faries is the author of Drive Me Out of My Mind, a memoir published by Emergency Press. His two books of poems are The Border Will Be Soon and The Book of Knowledge. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he lived and taught in Central Europe for many years. Currently he teaches at Savannah State University, where he also hosts a radio program on WHCJ 90.3. 

Lenore Zion is the author of My Dead Pets are Interesting, published last year by TNB Books. An original writer for The Nervous Breakdown (TNB), her first novel, Stupid Children, will be released by Emergency Press in early 2013. 

Edgar Oliver started performing in New York at the Pyramid in the mid-1980′s. As a playwright, many of Oliver’s plays have been staged at La MaMa and other downtown NYC theatres, including The Seven Year Vacation, The Poetry Killer, Hands in Wartime, Motel Blue 19 and Mosquito Succulence. As a stage actor, he has performed in countless plays including Edward II with Cliplight Theater, Marc Palmieri’s Carl the Second, and Lipsynka’s Dial M for Model. He is also one of the most beloved storytellers at The Moth. His film roles include That’s Beautiful Frank, Henry May Long, and Gentlemen Broncos. He is also the author of A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There and Summer and The Man Who Loved Plants. 

Elna Baker is a writer, comedian, and storyteller who has performed with The Moth, on This American Life, Studio 360, Radiolab, BBC Radio 4, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and at many comedy clubs throughout New York. Her work includes the show, If You See Something, Say Something, and the book, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, published by Penguin in 2009. 

Tove K. Danovich is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She is a contributor to TNB and an associate editor at Anderbo literary magazine. Her work has most recently been published in The Brooklyn Rail and Slushpile. She is also the author of the food blog Eighty-Sixed.

TNB Music has launched its very own Facebook page. Can you believe they’re giving us our very own space? Swing on by to check out links to music news, special giveaways, announcements, weekly polls and of course, our smoldering TNB Music features which we are confident will someday be held in the same regard as Sophocles, Pynchon and Julia Childs.

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When St. Patrick’s Day approaches, do you roll your eyes at the impending onslaught of boozed-up amateurs wearing “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” buttons, throwing up on street corners and stealing all the cabs? Are you someone who actively avoids establishments that begin with the letters “Mc” and “O’?”


If so, then keep reading because we’ve got one hell of a deal for you.


TNB Music and our friends at The Echo–L.A.’s premiere intimate venue for the most iconic names in music–have partnered up for an outrageous St. Patrick’s Day ticket giveaway. We are giving away one (1) pair of tickets to one of the most exciting and entertaining rock shows to hit Southern California in 2012. Ex-Stranglers Hugh Cornwell and ex-Sex Pistols Glen Matlock will square off in back-to-back sets for a double bill of heavyweight rock and roll that will render even the edgiest of old school punks giddy with anticipation.


Winning the tickets is as easy as falling down. Well, almost. All you need to do is leave us a comment right here with your favorite punk rock album of all time. That’s it. We’ll pick one person at random to win the tickets. The winner will be announced on March 16. Make sure you leave an email address where you can be contacted and of course, please enter the contest only if you live in the Los Angeles area or plan on being there on March 17.


You’re welcome.




Need more info on these two paragons of punk? Read on.



Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest song-writing talents and accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and twenty-one top forty singles, etching himself into the UK’s musical psyche with Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess, Walk on By, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep. Cornwell has released eight solo albums, most recently Hooverdam, produced and mixed in Toerag Studios by Liam Watson, known for the Grammy winning White Stripes’ Elephant.


Glen Matlock is one of the most respected, if underrated British musicians. In a career that has spanned over thirty years, Glen has made indelible contributions to music as the original bass player with The Sex Pistols, formed the underrated Rich Kids, worked with a variety of artists ranging from Iggy Pop, fellow original School of ’76 Brit Punk Rockers The Damned, through to neo-rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, whilst pursuing his own musically distinctive direction where melodic and inventive rock music thrives. To cap it all, 2010 sees Glen release a brand new album – arguably the finest to bear his name – in the shape of Born Running, as well as taking the coveted bass playing role in the reformed Faces.

Glen Matlock was one born on August 27th1956, in Kensal Green, North West London. Growing up in London through the 1960s and early 70s, Matlock fell under the musical influence of the likes of The Kinks, The Who, The Faces and David Bowie. In 1974, whilst employed as an assistant in the King’s Road, Chelsea clothing emporium Let It Rock (owned by Malcolm McLaren and his then-wife Vivienne Westwood) joined up with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook (alongside guitarist Wally Nightingale) in a combo that would become The Sex Pistols. The band line-up was completed by the recruitment of John Lydon (soon to become Johnny Rotten) as their vocalist. The Sex Pistols line-up eventually settled around Rotten, Jones and Cook, with Matlock playing bass and singing backing vocals. However, Matlock made the most crucial musical contributions to the Pistols, his innate grasp of melody and song structure essential to knocking the band song ideas into a workable shape.

After Matlock’s departure from The Sex Pistols, he hooked up with old pal, guitarist Steve New, alongside drummer Rusty Egan and guitarist / singer-songwriter Midge Ure, formerly of Scottish pop band Slik, to form The Rich Kids, who signed to EMI and were quickly ushered into a studio to cut the album Ghosts of Princes In Towers with one of Matlock’s heroes, Spiders From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson. The Rich Kids failed to live up to their promise, however and after they split, Matlock worked with Iggy Pop on his Soldier album and subsequent tour, and then formed The Spectres with former Tom Robinson Band guitarist Danny Kustow.

Matlock’s autobiography, I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol, was published to great critical acclaim in 1990, and updated and reprinted in 1996 with insights and updates following the reformed Sex Pistols ‘Filthy Lucre’ tour, which revealed that Matlock was also a fine raconteur and witty writer.

Despite John Lydon’s talent for quotable sound bites, it is actually Glen Matlock who is the most articulate and thoughtful of the Sex Pistols. When the Pistols former manager Malcolm McLaren died in April 2010, it was Matlock who provided the world’s press and media with their main point of contact to the Sex Pistols, and provided a distinct, considered overview of Malcolm McLaren’s contribution to contemporary culture and his legacy.

In April, 2010, Matlock toured Australia with US rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, along with Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and guitarist Chris Spedding. Spedding produced some demo recordings for The Sex Pistols in 1976, one of the few old school musicians who acknowledged the worth of the band, and Matlock returned that favour three and a half decades later!

In the spring of 2010, it was announced that three members of The Faces – Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones – were to reform, with Mick Hucknall on vocals, and with Glen taking the coveted role as Ronnie Lane’s replacement on bass, a huge accolade and confirmation of Glen’s high standing amongst his musical peers, and a massive personal achievement for a lifelong fan of the band.

Glen’s latest album, Born Running, recorded with his band The Philistines, offers up twelve more punchy and direct examples of Matlock’s innate ability to craft timeless, melodic rock songs. It has an added poignancy insofar as it features the last recordings of guitarist Steve New, one of Matlock’s oldest friends and fellow founder-member of The Rich Kids, who died in 2010. Also in the band’s line up is drummer Javier Weyler, the current drumming incumbent with The Stereophonics, as well as guitarist James Stevenson, who, like Matlock, is a musical survivor from the original School of ’76 British Punk Rock. The album was produced by Jim Lowe, who has produced numerous hugely successful albums for The Stereophonics. Born Running is the latest salvo from a musician and songwriter who is never satisfied with resting on his considerable musical achievements; there is much more to come from this hugely gifted individual.


“Family Feelings” is a collaborative blend of poetry and play reading that combines the work of this week’s TNB-featured poet John Foy (and others) and playwright A. R. Gurney. “Family Feelings” pays tribute to those relationships we know best, or least! Using scenes from Gurney’s Cocktail Hour – an appeal to gain Father’s approval for the staging of his son’s play – and selected poems by John Foy and others, the performance weaves together poems and script in counterpoint so that, through echoes and associative logic, they get to the psychic truth of unspoken family feelings.

Indian Café, 108th St. and Broadway (NYC), Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.

— by Meg Pokrass & Michael Dwayne Smith