Anonymous asked: how do you feel about what happened today with whirr?
it bums me out to see fellow marginalized people being “on their side” in their argument. i honestly fail to understand why a queer person or a female-identifying person would be down with a bunch of dudes saying such disrespectful things. additionally, in general, the “nu-shoegaze” scene is wack as hell and uber-masculine and not cool. i have never experienced a more pretentious performance than when whirr and nothing played new haven. 2 hours of mbv-ripoff garbage with no interruption. a seamless transition between bands and whirr walked off stage one by one over, like, a good 20 minute period at the very least. like, please, spare me your gear fetishization and “performance art” and just play your boring loud apolitical music.
The inimitable Charlemagne Palestine gives his first-ever New York organ performance this Thursday night.
Truer words were never spoken
call it arson - to my crew
march 2011, toad’s place, mitchell dubey benefit
the fact that i get to make music with multi-talented people like rachel is rad beyond belief. her new baby mollusk tape - the first full band release - is super super good.
before the sea of hype overtakes everything revolving around the new hotelier record (deservedly so, as i’ll go on to explain), i want to reflect on this band and their music - which i’ve done a bit here before, but now seems like a good time to really dig into it.
after i made this post as a fresh-faced youngster back in the good ol’ days, i developed a nice internet friendship with christian of the hotelier. it was incredibly refreshing to experience someone inside of a certain realm of pop-punk who was equally as discontent with the political and social states of that music scene. it was only within this past year that i found myself diving into the first hotel year record. i was blown away at how thoughtful and reflective christian’s lyrics were and how they were positioned within a musical framework that doesn’t usually revolve around, y’know, smashing the system and checking your privilege.
sidenote - christian booked upper chief this past summer in worcester and while nobody showed up (because nobody in worcester knows who i am) it was still one of the best experiences i’ve had in a scene not of my own. collective a gogo has the best punk house library ever.
anyway, i’ve had this record in my possession for about two months now. and it is so good. much angier, much sadder, much more driving. the lyrical content gets even more explicit - “life in drag” is one of the most moving and heartbreaking songs i have heard in a very long time. i talked to my friend chris zizzamia last night about how “your deep rest” nails some serious third eye blind vibes while still being lyrically striking. i could go on forever talking about this thing - it is much better to experience it, in my opinion. this record is a trip. this band deserves nothing but a meteoric rise to success - not based upon shady big-shot record label executives, but based upon the informed and educated listener recognizing how absolutely important this music is and sharing it with everyone they know. not to invite competition, but i fail to see how any band in pop-punk/emo/”emo revival” can top this record this year. it is worth, at the VERY least, the $6 tiny engines wants you to pay for this, please trust me. congratulations, christian and co., on seriously killing it.
Come dance with us at Shea Stadium on February 12th! A very special concert with DDW friends and family:
+Radiator Hospital (Solo) (Mall of America out soon on DDW)
+generifus (Sultan Serves, K Recs)
+Frankie Cosmos (“Zentropy” out 3/4 on DDW)
+QUARTERBACKS (“Sportscenter” out soon on DDW)
:::::20 Meadow Street
:::::Brooklyn, NY 11206
:::::::L to Grand
:::::::::ALWAYS ALL AGES
very excited to go to this tonight — it’s been really cool to watch ddw grow over the last few years.