by Andrew Parker
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but it won’t do you any good. It’s out of my hands. Like a resentful young runaway to its parent, my Top 10 list has fled the nest and now ekes out a meager existence of its own in the cold, windy byways of the internet. If you cross paths with it, give it a read, and maybe some money for the bus.
(I’ve attempted to avoid redundancy with the other writers as best as possible, but a few we just unavoidably agree upon. Therefore, I give shouts to PUP, Hostage Calm (RIP), and The Menzingers for their efforts this year. Further honorable mention to Angel Du$t and 10,000 Blades, oh my god.)
by Andrew Parker
Irish-blooded, English-hearted singer Morrissey has revealed that the source of his ongoing health issues is actually an underlying cancer. He has cancelled various shows in the past few years, including almost his entire North American tour. These cancellations were previously attributed to Barrett’s esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition) and pneumonia (likely a result of a weakened immune system).
Morrissey, in his typical self-deprecating style, has taken this with a profoundly brave – or inconsequential – attitude (“If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t … I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead,” he reportedly said). This illness does put his recent and highly successful Autobiography in a new light. Though the former Smiths frontman may require a respite from touring and recording so as to aid his recovery, he may continue his creative output in the form of a novel reportedly in the works.
I speak for everyone at Abandon Hip when I wish Morrissey a speedy recovery and a heartfelt thanks for all the songs that saved our lives.
by Katherine Szabo
Hello and welcome to Abandon Hip! Let’s skip all the niceties and kick off our first post with Katherine’s (that’s me) favorite albums of the year so far. It’s been a dope-ass year for music so far, so let’s celebrate.