‘Bigger Than Us’ by The Smith Street Band
"Last night we tried something and it worked—beat anything I ever bought, sold or rehearsed. And when I tell you all I love you, fuck, I couldn’t mean it more, because you know that I’d be dead now if it wasn’t for these chords."
‘Bigger Than Us’ by The Smith Street Band
Top 5 species of trash on my car floorboard: 1. Junk mail sent to my PO box 2. Empty Nerds boxes 3. Cracker Barrel extra sharp cheddar cheese stick wrappers 4. Empty Sheetz fountain drink cups 5. Taco Bell napkins
‘Robocop 4 - Fuck Off Robocop’ by Future of the Left
"At least Harry Potter has a proper story in that all of the characters crave an ending if only to release poor Billy Corgan from his role as the titular character’s nemesis."
(WMG has blocked the studio version of this song from playing on thisismyjam.com and you can’t hear the vocals on this live version but I picked it anyway because the pre-song banter is too hilarious to miss out on)
Vukovi, “So Long Gone”
There will never be a point when I stop looking for new bands like this.
there will never be a point when i don’t love it when i have new bands like this brought to my attention by more attentive eyes than mine. definitely a big RIYL to anyone who took me up on biting into tricot’s t h e last year, i should think.
1) I was listening to tricot when I saw this post.
2) this is fucking GREAT.
‘Darnel’ by End of a Year
Someone once told me true love waits. Well, I’d be amazed.
Can we not…ever…talk about “I went for it, I believed in myself like you said,” the boys all together teaching Liam not to be afraid of not being good at things, the boys all together teaching Liam to throw himself into experiences, and not worry about how they would turn out, or how he would look, can we not ever talk about him specifically shaking Louis’ hand as he says it, and Louis nodding, can we not ever talk about the possibility that Louis — who hated Liam, remember, when they first got together as a band, who hated that Liam never wanted to do anything fun, who hated that Liam always wanted to follow the rules, who would have liked sometimes to punch Liam right in his Liam face — can we not even talk about the possibility that Louis might have said, over and over, “You just have to believe in yourself, Liam, you just have to go for it,” can we not ever talk about Louis teaching Liam to believe in himself, but more than that, teaching Liam to give himself a little freedom.
Oh god. I need this post in my life.
This was a really difficult week at work. The other editor I work with, whose main job is to run GayRVA.com but who also does some RVA Mag web posts and is in charge of our interns, went out of town for the week, so it fell to me to do his job as well as my own. Both of our jobs are full-time, and what’s more, due to the division of labor, a lot of his work is more important to keeping things running on a day to day basis than most of mine is. Therefore, to a great extent, my job got put on pause for a week while I spent most of my day doing things the other editor would normally do. I didn’t get nearly as many articles posted on the websites as we normally would, and it felt over the course of the week like I was doing less writing than ever. Of course, looking now at what I actually did, that’s not really true—which is weird to realize. I guess I was still finding time to do a good bit of writing this week. That’s probably also why I was working until 9 or 10 PM every night (at least until Friday, when I kind of threw my hands up in the air and said “fuck it” along about 3 PM). Anyway, here’s the stuff:
Things I’m actually proud of:
Weekly show preview column (2941 words): It was really hard to find the time and energy to get this done this week. This represented my latest night (didn’t stop working til after midnight on Tuesday) and my earliest morning (was at the office before 9:30 Wednesday morning, which is most of an hour earlier than I usually get there). Plus, stress and anxiety kept me from sleeping more than three or so hours on Tuesday night. But as I learned long ago from that legendary pass-catching reprobate Max McGee, It’s not the day after very little sleep that sucks, it’s the day after THAT (sure enough, I was worthless on Thursday). Anyway, this column may not be anywhere near the best of my weekly show preview columns, but I don’t think it’s totally terrible, and for better or for worse it is the real me.
Brief blurb about a new White Laces song (226 words): These dudes may be friends of mine, but they’re also one of the better bands in Richmond, and I’m glad their new LP (which I’ve had rough mixes of for months) is about to come out. They premiered a song on Noisey recently, and I reposted the song on our site with some positive words about the forthcoming new LP. You should click through and listen to this—these guys are seriously really good.
Things I wrote because it’s my job:
Intro for interview with Chazme 718 and Sepe (137 words): Another interview of Richmond Mural Project artists, part of a series I told you about last week. English was obviously not these Polish artists’ first language, so in order to capture the spirit of what they were trying to say, I had to do a fair bit of listening back to the interview tape and parsing out what they were getting at, in order to make the transcript more accurately reflect what they were saying. Thus the brackets and stuff in the interview.
Ticket giveaway for Panda Bear show in Charlottesville (373 words): Dude from Animal Collective, so of course our readers care, but honestly, I kinda don’t. Oh well, that’s the job sometimes—dispense some hype for an artist you don’t actually care about.
Intro for weekly Best of Missed Connections post (136 words): This is a weekly article that the other editor started up a month or two ago that tends to do well on hits without it requiring us to write a lot of words. Normally he does the intro and gets an intern to collect the posts, so I went with that plan this time as well, but then started nitpicking the intern’s choices for posts to spotlight and ended up replacing like half of them. So technically there was a bit more work involved here than just writing the intro, but since it’s typical shitty Buzzfeed aggregation/clickbait type work, it definitely doesn’t seem like it should count. Even if it did involve me staying up an extra hour on Tuesday night.
Hope Revolution tour ticket giveaway article (540 words): I give way more of a shit about this giveaway, for a tour featuring Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, than I do about a Panda Bear tour. Meanwhile, my readers give way LESS of a shit about it—the Panda Bear giveaway got over 150 entries, the Hope Revolution tour giveaway got 30. Oh well—the kid who won these tickets was SUPER excited, and that’s what counts. Plus I got to write briefly about The Silence In Black And White, which is significantly better than I remember it being.
My Bloody Valentine - Don’t Cramp My Style
from the 1985 mini album, This is Your Bloody Valentine. post-punk/goth… weird hearing their early sound. They got so much better.
Haven’t heard any of the David Conway-era MBV in years… this is actually pretty good as far as chaotic Birthday Party/VSS-style jams go. I’m glad they evolved of course, but I might really like this EP if I heard it for the first time right now with no expectations.
‘Head On’ by Iggy & The Stooges
This is one of my personal faves from the lost fourth Stooges album (there’s a really good 16-song compilation of demos and live tracks intended for this album called Open Up And Bleed, on Bomp Records. Highly recommended). The moment about 15 seconds in when Ron Asheton’s high bass intro suddenly climbs down about an octave and James Williamson comes in with two slashing, ringing chords is just about the most triumphant moment in the Stooges’ career. I wish they’d finished this damn album. It sure would have been a lot better than The Weirdness.