From The Desk Of OFF!: Steve Martin

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

Coats: For less than a minute, forget about the fact that Steve Martin is one of the great funny people of all time and watch him shred on the banjo for 24 seconds with a fake arrow through his head. He’s like the Jimmy Page of comedy.