Okay Annie

Joannie Penderwick
The scholarly rock journalism you didn't know your life was missing.
Created 17 Oct 2020
  • "How Dave Grohl Changed the Mythology of Rock 'n' Roll" in PopMatters
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Foo Fighters, image courtesy of Nasty Little Man Words about Dave Grohl, currently featured in PopMatters. Check it out, please. :) Subscribe now Share Okay Annie
  • There Ain't No Superheroes Now - But At Least There's Dancing
    29 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters “You may hate this,” I warned my daughter. “It’s not your typical thing. But give it a chance.” Now, indie rock is her thing; back then, it was pop, which I will neve...
  • The Chaste Mythology of Greta Van Fleet
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Anthem of the Peaceful Army by Greta Van Fleet 1. “Age of Man”: The anthemic orchestration of this song is the album’s best fit for Josh Kiszka’s voice. Unfortunately—only because of its position—“Age...
  • Survival of the Bitchest
    13 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Live Through This by Hole Like many of us, especially female-us, I was raised to sacrifice pieces of myself out of not even love but . . . civility. As in, being a civilized human woman meant giving u...
  • Defining Jack White
    10 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    The White Stripes by Joannie Penderwick 1. “Let’s Shake Hands”: Gobs of bagpipes. Roughly overtaken by guitar. And then that initial phrase so high and detonated you have to already know he’s saying “...
  • Cold War Kids' Robbers & Cowards: Track by Track
    03 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Robbers & Cowards, Cold War Kids / Downtown Records 1. “We Used to Vacation”: This is a rare song in that watching it performed live made me look differently at it. Are these guys sensitive to the alc...
  • Are Cold War Kids TOO Literary?
    02 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Nathan Willett by Joannie Penderwick Talking about “Miracle Mile,” a song that addresses how life on the road leads to romanticizing life back home, Nathan Willett speaks to the pattern of duality in ...
  • Rock Is a Regression to Childhood: Article in PopMatters
    01 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Gibby Haynes collage by Joannie Penderwick My article “Hell Yeah, Rock Regresses to Childhood” is live over at PopMatters. Please check it out if you have a chance. It has nothing to do with Gibby Hay...
  • Rock 'n' Roll Will Save Your Black Dog Soul
    25 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Lester Bangs collage by Joannie Penderwick Once, in reference to Lou Reed, Lester Bangs wrote, “The real question is what to live for. And I can’t answer it. Except another one of your records. And an...
  • Mountain Music Is for Lovers
    07 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    I had just posted something on Facebook about being in love with Fleet Foxes—because I was into neo-folk strummed by neo-mountaineers until the day I wasn’t—and her reply pealed with agreement. Someti...
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