If you could see any band in history, who would...
I was once asked the question: “If you could see any band in history live—at any point in time—who would you see?” Without delay, I answered: “Daft Punk.” My friend responded, “And that is why I love you.” This incident was funny because the night before I had tweeted something about how I would sell my soul to see Daft Punk live. I still feel this way. 2013 could be my year! ...
CMJ 2012 All Things Gold at Santos Party House NYC
So last night I attended my first CMJ Music Marathon show instead of watching the Presidential debate (whatever, I already voted). It was this: The venue: Santos Party House is in the trendy neighborhood of the lower east side of Manhattan, so I was already expecting a lot of hipsters and maybe some asian people who had wondered in from the nearby Chinatown. It is so “trendy” that...
Illegitimi non carborundum– Doc’s Motto, a sign at Kingston Mines Blues Club in Chicago (A fake Latin phrase meaning: Don’t let the bastards grind you down)
Sweet Home Chicago mixtape
So when I moved to Chicago, I remember listening a song over and over that was just so Chicago. It got me hyped to move here and be a part of this amazingly fun city. Now that I only have less than two months left here, I figured I would make a list of my favorite songs that make a note to the second city. “Sweet Home Chicago” - President Obama “Sweet Home Chicago” was...
A day in the life of anxiety disorder
I suffer from anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Before I got help, I didn’t think it was a real thing. This is an accumulation of thoughts I’ve had at various times in my life. Wake up. Panic. Am I late? Did I sleep through my alarm? Check phone. 6:30 a.m. Okay, I have another hour to sleep. Go back to sleep. Seriously, go back to sleep. Lay in bed. Check phone again. 7:02 a.m. Only 28 more...
I am terrified of Courtney Love
Okay, I’ve always been skeptical about Kurt Cobain’s suicide. After watching “Kurt & Courtney,” I’m convinced that his death wasn’t suicide, and I’m completely terrified of Courtney Love. I watched the movie because it kept coming up in my Netflix (I’m not a huge Hole or Nirvana fan, but I enjoy them from time to time) and I was interested in the controversy. I didn’t think that this movie...
Q&A with Devon Maloney, news editor for SPIN.com
Devon currently works at the News Editor for SPIN’s online content. I talked to her on the phone one evening about what it’s like to work in the world of music journalism. www.spin.com/writers/devon-maloney How long have you been working at SPIN? I started working here in the end of January, so I’ve only been here for a couple of months. How did you get to the position your hold now?...
One time I went to a metal festival
I was 17-years-old and in my “I’m too cool for mainstream culture” phase, so my friend and I traveled to Dayton, Ohio to see X-fest due to our love for a certain band. (And by “love” I mean teenage fan girl infatuation). Okay this requires some clarification of facts: 1) The band was Eighteen Visions, sadly they’re not together anymore 2) we were two teenagers who attended a rather expensive...
the "cat" room
Even though it’s in the front of the house, very close to the front door, it’s a room that isn’t visited by many. It seems to almost be separated from the bright and colorful rooms of the rest of the house. Usually only one person makes use of it, often joined by a cat, an obvious fact since the cushion of the sofa closest to the window is full of cat hair, which can be a death trap for someone...
I’m not quite sure where the time has gone…
I feel as though ever since this quarter started I’ve been seeing a lot of live music. Gotye, Of Montreal, Ben Kweller, Dinosaur Feathers, The Lumineers, and Portugal. The Man. Seriously, that’s a lot in four weeks. So thinking back on it, I guess I know where my time and money has gone. Honestly, I think of it like this: I would rather spend my money seeing live music than eating out all the time...