Fake It 'til You Make It →

markrichardson:

Fwiw, I read this story at the Pitchfork Festival a few weeks back. When I wrote it I thought “I’ll probably post this on tumblr later” so here it is.

Loved this.

My first “fake it ‘til you make it” story is not nearly as big. With very little experience under my belt, I somehow convinced Rachael Maddux to let me interview Fergus & Geronimo for Paste, so I contacted them (I think via Myspace, jesus) and eventually called both Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly and very nervously conducted two phone interviews.

About a year or so later, when I was a Pitchfork intern, Mark asked me if I wanted to interview some bands at the festival. I talked to Kurt Vile, and I flubbed just about every sentence I uttered to him. I was a huge fan of the guy’s records and I had just watched him do an incredible version of “Hunchback”, and I hadn’t done an in-person interview with someone I admired this much, so I was visibly shaking. I feel bad for anyone who overheard that—I don’t think either of us seemed very comfortable.

I also talked to the Tallest Man on Earth, and when I told him that I had run out of questions, he shook his head and wouldn’t let me leave. Through a mouth full of food, he said, “What are you thinking about right now?” Sweet guy.

His City of Ruins | SPIN | Cover Story →

David Bevan’s feature on Protomartyr is outstanding and worth a read.

Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers) is releasing a solo album and that is the cover up there.

Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers) is releasing a solo album and that is the cover up there.

slowartday:

"The Middle Place," 2014
Morgan Barrie
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slowartday:

"The Middle Place," 2014

Morgan Barrie

morganbarrie.com

After my friend’s wedding last weekend, realized this was the biggest omission from my wedding playlist. Amazing wedding song.

When I woke up, I made this plan—not an especially exciting one—to take my headphones, a journal, and a pen to a nice coffee shop, order an endless-refills mug of coffee, and sit in a quiet corner to work out some thoughts on a record that I’m reviewing soon.

So I go to find a free parking spot, which isn’t especially easy in this particular part of town, but I see one, go to grab it, and as I do, a woman in a nice SUV pulls up, looks me in the eyes and smiles, smug-like, with a look that said to me, “Sorry sweetie, this is my spot.” The hashtag #whiteprivilege appeared above her head as she parked her car.

Furious, I drove to a Panera on the other side of town, far away from the bourgeois coffee place. With my subpar cinnamon roll and less-expensive coffee, I was silently declaring war. On who or what? Unclear.

If you see me driving, know that I’m busy assuming the absolute worst about people, particularly people in expensive cars.

I mean, this lady found a free spot on a street where all the other free spots were taken, and due to her position on the road, she happened to get it before I could. Maybe the look on her face was meant to communicate, “Oh man, sorry dude, but I need this spot because I’ve got a thing” and because I felt angry in that moment, I just read it as “Ahahahaha, fuck you dogg, this one’s mine.

I need to figure out this whole “empathy while driving” thing. I’m apparently really bad at it. I’m also really bad at empty revenge. And having quarters in my car, I’m bad at that too.

(Footnote PSA: Do not search Twitter for the hashtag #whiteprivilege. It is a rabbit hole you do not want to go down.)

I’ve written a lot of things recently

  1. An "Afterword" feature about what Tommy Ramone meant to the Ramones and what the Ramones meant to me.
  2. A review of Tonstartssbandht’s very good live record Overseas.
  3. The new Shake Appeal is about Castle Face’s Live in San Francisco series, which is a consistently essential purchase.
  4. Track reviews of Running, Radiator Hospital, and So Cow.
That’s too bad, but, uh, Mashable? That ain’t Brooks Whelan.

That’s too bad, but, uh, Mashable? That ain’t Brooks Whelan.

I wrote a tribute to Tommy Ramone and talked to BBC Radio 6 about him.

I wrote a tribute to Tommy Ramone and talked to BBC Radio 6 about him.