Patrick Stump: I'm a 27-year-old has-been →
I wonder what he expected. To be the Foo Fighters? But I wonder what happens to people with less success who keep churning out moderately popular albums every two years but obviously can’t live on it. Does music basically become a part-time thing? Where are the other Travis Morrisons? I think about this a lot. I wonder if anyone would Kickstart a documentary about middle-age former...
fek: is a thing/exists. Amazing
Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf are in a movie... →
Be still my heart
Windish Agency tries to scam photographers into... →
Some poor schmuck’s totally going to do this for the “exposure,” too. Bummer.
A spot-on interview on music blogging with... →
I should mention that Frank’s a really great, honest guy and I’ve been lucky enough to hang out with him at the occasional music festival. He’s got good perspective.
Wrote the most personal thing I ever have last... →
Going to feel weird referencing “a crucial Tumblr post” in my memoirs
When a Terrible Thing Happens
“Brad” died in a car accident last week. I didn’t know him well, at least not in real life. We met once, nearly 10 years ago, and spent one of the worst weekends of our lives together. Before that, I was a freshman in college and had a long list of adult sexual experiences that were largely unchecked. I had started dating the girl across the hall, which is to say, I asked her to...
mbmelodies asked: What SXSW day shows look good right now? Besides the Rawkblog one of course
Finished my work at a reasonable hour for once,... →
Potential subjects: 1) favorite beers 2) SXSW 3) Los Angeles 4) sleep deficit
Best Music Writing has a new home on... →
The Writer's Job →
An interesting analysis of the state of things, and equally relevant to would-be successful rock bands, though it denies the public’s ability to occasionally discover worthwhile art and gives too much credence to false ideas of past literary golden ages (Shakespeare was writing on deadline for a paycheck, too). So it goes. The idea of art-as-viable career path is fascinating, though, and...
Shins, Gossip, Cults, Titus & more to play streaming parking garage shows @ 9th & Trinity for Google/Youtube @… bit.ly/yf4buo — BrooklynVegan Austin (@bvaustin) February 29, 2012 I don’t know if anyone would argue this sort of thing is “ruining” SXSW, but the begged question is: why do this in Austin, while a thousand other unsuccessful bands are looking for the...
Mitt Romney's iPod →
“I think that he makes some pretty good music and I like listening to his music,” Romney told Detroit radio station WXYT when he was asked if Kid Rock portrays values that people should emulate. This amuses me.
At some point I was going to go through my “Likes” and organize them for Instapaper and tag everything but now I have 500+ and I’m just not going to do that, or remember what any of them are. Live in the moment, y’all.
proanti replied to your post: Seriously though I read your blog because I disagree with nearly every single thing you say, so it helps me grow personally. Thanks! You’re welcome? #vocalfry
minskr replied to your post: Seriously though Don’t really care about that band, but search “Jetpacks,” bro. Huh.
Wish Twitter and Tumblr had separate "Like" and...
Has anyone ever listened to a We Were Promised Jetpacks song? Or gone to their show? How do these bands last longer than a month of failed PR emails? Update: they literally aren’t even on Hype Machine. Another update: O.K., they are.
likeapairofbottlerockets: “A young friend of mine, who had gone through period of cutting herself eventually mailing me the knife which now sits on my recording desk, found herself still a teenager and pregnant. She knew that it was not time for her to be a parent to her future child but she could love him or her when it good for them both. She called this vanished baby “little jizzo”. It was so...
Santigold, Zola Jesus to play Fader Fort →
Dave Rawkblog to spend another year making fun of the giant line outside the Fader Fort before seeing actual new bands. Frankly, I’m grateful that things like the Fader Fort and PureVolume suck in all the casual Pitchfork readers. Smaller crowds at the good shows.
Realest Talk →
It’s frustrating that the internet has cultivated that particular urgency within the cultural conversation, one that encourages people to immediately speak out, as vociferously or hyper-analytically as possible, about any old topic that pops up in their Google Reader. Sometimes silence is best! I’m not saying say nothing if you have nothing nice to say, certainly not in most cases,...
Reviewed Memoryhouse's "The Slideshow Effect" for... →
I really love this album. Maybe more than it deserves.
Rawkblog and TwentyFourBit present: Waynestock II →
The rumors are true: Rawkblog is once again teaming up with our pals at TwentyFourBit to put on an unofficial SXSW day party. It’s set for noon on Wednesday, March 15, at the Jackalope on 6th and Trinity. We’ll have free beer, free coconut water and free jams from seven bands we love all day. Come hang! The lineup: 12:30 p.m. – J. Irvin Dally 1:20 – Big Deal 2:10 – A Classic Education 3:00...
My best-of clips from January and February →
I wrote enough to make Dickens blush.
I’m really enjoying reading Rookie lately, mostly because it wants so badly to build a world that’s kind and grateful and happy. That’s where I want to live.
And some words of wisdom from Tavi →
11. If a song, a book, anything is really good, it willtranscend time. I get really depressed thinking about how much more special my favorite band would have been if I’d discovered it in a record store in the middle of nowhere, and it was unlike any kind of culture I’d previously been exposed to, and I had to get to the store and bring home this big fat circle and put it on this box and put...
A clever little sentence from Tavi
I know I’m not alone in imagining that being alive in the 1960s meant I would walk down a naturally yellow-tinted street, wave to my friends John, Paul, Ringo, and George, hop into a van of friendly strangers, and drive across America till we found ourselves (and ourselves) in California, Joni Mitchell waiting for us at some canyon next to a lady who sells magical beads on a rug.
Guys I think I love Pinterest
Even saying style is “blank” kind of contradicts itself, but hey sometimes...– Street Etiquette The problem arises when that comfort gives way to a fear, or hatred, of the unknown.
Spoke with the great Bob Mould for Billboard →
Testing Pinterest with a Best of 2012 board →
"Hulkshare is me and programmers—the server men,... →
I have "Liked" 503 posts
Which happens to be number of people who “Like” Rawkblog on Facebook. Karma!
Julia Holter →
I made Ekstasis on my own because it was the way I could make it. When I have more support, I’ll be working with more people. I think that’s important. But, with my own music, I’m very solitary out of necessity. There’s an intimacy there that’s nice, as long as you can form it well. I hear a lot of music that’s just lazy— you know, people in their...
My notes and ratings, unedited, from yesterday's...
drakes hopocaplyse 4 way aesome serious ipa pliney the elder 4.5 oh shit sonnnn golden road strong ale 3.5 cooool golden road ipa 2 no taste ? firestone otmeal stout 3.5 omg yes I had a dry-hopped Arrogant Bastard, too, and didn’t like it very much.
hndrk: “I have great memories of hanging out by the pool with my junior-high friends, summertime, someone’s parents were out of town, listening to Pink Floyd. Usually it was my friend Katie and maybe her older brother or sister would have gotten us pot or terrible Lone Star beer or both. Or a screwdriver: Smirnoff vodka and orange juice. The thought of a screwdriver now is totally nauseating, but...
"Again, Tao Lin is a decent writer and obviously a... →
One Week // One Band: Coming up: Ke$ha →
oneweekoneband: Thanks, Patrick! After our trip to Japan we’re not headed back to indie-haven just yet — next week we’ll go POP! and talk all about Ke$ha, and Zach Lyon will be our man for what certainly promises to be an interesting jaunt. It warms my heart that OWOB is cred-agnostic and just fucking writes about music. Also: I love Ke$ha!
[Dead celebrity] would've been [age] today
This line always seems a little disrespectful to me; can’t we just say, “It’s Johnny Cash’s birthday,” and celebrate the impact he had on the world without wishing he was still here, drooling on himself in a nursing home?
Just realized SXSW is in two weeks
Holy shit. Come to me, best week of the year.
uncoolshoes replied to your link: Oh God there is a Gizmodo fashion column about skinny jeans oh God It’s so obvious they’re trying to establish themselves with/as “cool”. I was under the impression “cool” was adhering to trends but not actually recognizing their existence. Oh, I think the “2012: The Year Silicon Valley Super-Awkwardly Discovered #Menswear” narrative is pretty fully...
Andrea Estella, spirit animal →