I’m moving next weekend. A couple weeks ago, I went online and transferred my various services: electricity, gas and Internet. Time Warner actually makes you call to talk to a person and won’t give you an online form, which would at least leave you a paper trail to refer to. But maybe the service would be better. I talked to a human, asked to transfer service on July 8, set up a time...
The Reasonable Person's Guide to Supporting...
In the wake of Emily White-gate, everyone has an opinion about money and music. Let’s turn those into an actual set of ethical, practical guidelines that reasonable music fans can turn to, rub their 8” beards and say, “Why yes, I do really love this band and I would like them to be able to make more music! I guess I should give them some money.” I’m just a journalist...
Average Man Style: Summer Suggestions
I’m a man in my late 20s. I make a middle-class salary, depending on how I squint at my bank account. I don’t work in an office, or anywhere that requires me to wear a suit every day. I wouldn’t want to do that anyway. I love clothes and just want to look clean, classic and somewhere between memorable and boring. In other words: I want to stand out without having to show off or...
thepoetryofnospaces asked: Kitty Pryde is selling a physical copy of her EP on etsy. Are you going to grab it?
High School Radio-Taped Mixtapes Vol. 1
There are more. Anything from Y107 was taped between 1998-2000. Tape One Side A 1. Luscious Jackson “Devotion” Y107 2. Luscious Jackson “Nervous Breakthrough” Y107 3. Luscious Jackson “Sexy Hypnotist” Y107 4. XTC, “Green Man” Y107 5. G Love and Special Sauce “Rodeo Clowns” Y107 6. Dave Matthews Band “Crash into Me” 95.1 KBBY 7. Fatboy Slim “The Rockefeller Skank” Y107 8. Fleming and...
IS STEALING MUSIC REALLY THE PROBLEM? →
Long story short: for the industry as a whole, nah. We can thank piracy for bringing us into the YouTube/Spotify/music-is-free era, definitely, but its menace has largely passed. (The flip side is the story of my friend the label runner, who had a band get more torrent downloads than sales last year — that band is also an Internet fad that makes murky, belligerently unlikable music, not...
You have to know the rules of good taste to have bad taste. With good good...– John Waters in Rookie Mag. Incidentally, people’s failure to understand this is why so many of you are awful. Please do not write me on Twitter. (via jakefogelnest) John Waters forever Rookie for President
"I’m aware as I type this that I’m falling into... →
Good point. Piracy isn’t the problem. Piracy as a 100% replacement for spending money on music is the problem. The biggest struggle for independent artists now is finding true fans who are willing to financially support them. The tools are there for this on a global level — it’s just a matter of using them. And having jams. And keeping your fingers crossed. Complaining about...
NewProf: Emily Moore, David Lowery, and Putting... →
newprofessor: For two days now, people have been posting about this dumb NPR Intern thing. It is so dumb. But I think it’s a teachable moment, and should maybe serve as a reality check. A couple days ago, one of NPR Music’s interns, Emily Moore, put an innocuous blog post on NPR Music’s blog about being so… Greg should be interning at NPR Music (and/or running it)
Where piracy/not paying (not the same things)...
For indie bands, navigating from EP1 parents’ basements status to LP4 Black Keys at MSG is where they need the support system of being able to sell records and build a long-haul fanbase — when quitting your third day job and playing to 20 people in Ohio to promote an album you self-released, again, just doesn’t seem like a good idea anymore. This is where I see a lot of great...
NPR intern III
Greg raises a good point, which is: most Kids Today are listening to music on YouTube, with the top songs earning hundreds of millions of plays. The numbers probably dwarf Spotify. This is the most convenient option and it is in fact monetized, though at a lesser rate than Spotify. I would guess that being an indie rock fan who 1) doesn’t buy vinyl, or anything and 2) obtains music through...
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The NPR intern essay →
This is really depressing and — no offense to her — very uninformed. As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to realize the gravity of what file-sharing means to the musicians I love. I can’t support them with concert tickets and t-shirts alone. But I honestly don’t think my peers and I will ever pay for albums. I do think we will pay for convenience. What I want is one...
"Jones tore a hole in the small venue, showing the... →
1) I feel this way about Iron & Wine. 2) Norah’s new album is very good, possibly her best. 3) But still not as good as Leona Naess’ Thirteens.
Hannah and I are both 13 pounds overweight
LIVE-BLOGGING THE "GIRLS" FINALE
Spoilers ahead. Do what you have to. Here we go… 1) Moving in New York looks like the worst thing ever. Wait, is this turning into a backdoor pilot for Bored To Death? 2) What happened to Adam? How did he go from disgusting sex maniac to militant self-help guru/DIY torch-bearer? Given his AA membership, he almost ought to be straight-edge and the owner of more tattoos. 3) “Three...
It’s becoming clear that Hannah is that unfortunate person of our generation who has utterly internalized awkwardness as both a serious phobia and an unavoidable way of life. Is this Steve Carell’s fault? Michael Cera’s? She’s a very sad character, in that way. The Hannah-Marnie fight gets almost too real. I thought I was a little bit Charlie but now I’m worried I...
Catching up on "Girls"
1) Crack spirit guide is probably the best episode of the show so far. 2) Shoshana is the best character. Marnie is the worst. I’d like to see more Charlie.
If you missed it last week, I'm on Jamieson Cox's... →
Portland beer notes
Complete with my woefully inadequate commentary from the breweries on my phone. Reporting! These are just the good ones. Rogue Dead Guy Ale: 4 / 5. Really nice standard ale. Rogue Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Lager: 3.5/5. Smoky. Ninkasi TD IPA: 3.5/5. Crisp, hoppy. Solid. Amnesia Slow Train Porter: 3.5, maybe 4. Really nice. From a great, tiny brewery playing country music. Amnesia Dubble Whammy:...
What we talk about when we talk about what we talk...
Twitter reaction last night was mixed, with some viewers calling “The Phantom” dull or disappointing, but I found it riveting TV being the populist medium it is, online recap culture is by its very nature a mix of straightforward reader service, water cooler commenter pandering and the occasional deeper thought. Yet Seitz is working as an actual TV critic; it surprised me that he...
Don and Megan
When their relationship began in Season 4, it was with the flash of young promise, free of demand, free of the strings tying Don to his old life. The first time they sleep together, Megan tells him she knows what she’s getting into — and she won’t ask anything further from him. Then they get to know each other. She’s perfect with his children, effortlessly motherly without...
The new Kitty Pryde EP is out today →
It’s pretty amazing, not going to lie.
What did you think of "Mad Men"?
I felt more emotions during the half-season of “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” I watched first. This is not a knock on “Mad Men.”
swinters: Fiona Apple | Every Single Night [music video] Holy shit. As if the song alone wasn’t amazing enough. I don’t think I actually enjoyed watching this, but I love how fucking crazy it is. Still not feeling the song much, either, but I’m sure it’ll make sense in context.
Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta II
All the fiance bros wear polo shirts with undershirts! What is happening in the south?!
chamberlain: Chambaland - “Semi Charmed Call”...
Fin Fan Foom
I think, in general but especially online, people are so used to everyone else having a self-centered, faux-objective opinion that being presented with earnest questions or the chance for a reasonable discussion looks like a big scary monster in purple pants.
#i'm on my snob
Bracelets are one thing, but I can’t get behind the #menswear trend of wearing your summer camp lanyards with your $1,000+ Italian suit. Wear a watch. I like it when men’s clothing choices are utilitarian, or at least make sense together — this is why I don’t like jackets with shorts, either. If it’s cool enough for a jacket, wear pants. If it’s not, you...
Studio version of “Cowboy Boots” is bringing tears to my eyes. Jens for President.
"Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta"
I’m two episodes in. I love this show: sassy, ridiculous Southern families with cranky grandmas, a dramatic decision, happy endings, lots of pretty sincere feelings. It’s great television. P.S. I’m getting married in three months, y’all!
What's a "music blog" in 2012?
Zach referred to a handful of sites, including Consequence of Sound and Beats Per Minute, as “blogs” in his soundcast today, prompting a little Twitter debate. I think another term would be more appropriate. Some brief history: In the early days of online indie-centric music writing, there were a handful of websites doing similar things: Pitchfork, Stylus, Cokemachineglow, Tiny Mix...
Jeremy Larson (Consequence of Sound) and Zach Hart... →
Can’t wait to listen to this presumably epic podcast. Jeremy’s one of the sharpest young writers/editors I know. Zach is… a force of nature.
R.I.P. Ray Bradbury
He was one of my favorite writers as a kid, which I suppose means he still is. I had the chance to meet him a couple of times, once during a book signing in Ventura and again at an event in honor of my grandmother, who he had become friends with. She got a remarkable holiday card from him every year with a fresh piece of writing. In his last years, he didn’t let his medical difficulties...
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Taking questions if you've got 'em →
I’m available to talk about: cat ownership, wedding planning, spring/summer menswear and Nicki Minaj.
A wondrously inventive music video from L.A.’s great Body Parts. A Rawkblog cross-post.
A few thoughts on "the future of music"
chewablevitamins: I commented over the weekend on Amanda Palmer’s million dollar, 25,000 backer Kickstarter campaign. I wrote “As AFP has taken to saying, this is the future of music.” I got a few reactions to that, including the following from Dave Rawkblog: It’s the future of artists who previously built wildly devoted fanbases on a major label’s dime, yes. Good for her. But the “future of...
when an editor introduces errors into your piece...
barelyeducated: WHY EVEN FUCKING PAY ME. WHY NOT JUST MAKE THE ENTIRE THING UP YOURSELF. i really worked hard on this one, and i think it came out pretty good - not amazing, but considering the circumstances under which it was rushed finished, not too bad. and it’s on something i really care about. BUT I CAN’T LINK IT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE’S CHANGES, DONE WITHOUT REASON OR ANY SUGGESTION OF...
Fiona interview #3 →
With Pitchfork! Of course. I wonder if NPR did the press day or if Apple will do a separate thing with them. Inside baseball, I know. This is actually the best one yet, mostly because it doesn’t hypothesize about Apple and just prints her quotes. Like this one, which broke my heart: I think I’m better at live shows than I used to be because I’m way more comfortable with the...
Last day to get a free 1-month trial of my digital... →
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Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu The Don speech! The Sally plot! The [GIANT SPOILER], and how it entraps Don in this tragic cone of shame, alskjdfa;lsd Weiner is some Shakespeare shit right now.