Archive | August, 2010

on getting shot and having affairs

29 Aug

had several weird dreams this weekend. thought i’d share.

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an open letter to record labels

29 Aug

dear record labels, big and small:

i’ve been an entertainment writer for four years, and i can’t put a label on farewell flight. i have no idea if these boys are playing rock ‘n’ roll or pop or country or ambient indie rock or whatever ridiculous label you want to throw on them. the only label i can put on farewell flight is “essential listening.”

since seeing the band live a few years ago here in tupelo, farewell flight has been a constant companion. its debut, “sound.color.motion.” stays in my car, and it’s one of my most-played albums on my work itunes. i’ve put various farewell flight songs on a billion different mixes, for friends, boyfriends, crushes, family.

i don’t know where my music taste will take my over the years, but i know “sound.color.motion.” is THE album of my 20s. i relate to it more than anything else i’ve heard. it comforts me and excites me. it’s my security blanket. i’ve joked that i know it better than i know myself, but that’s actually a pretty true statement.

i’ve spent the last four years interviewing and getting to know unknown bands, and, hands down, farewell flight is the hardest-working band i’ve ever met. there are no vapid girlfriend “managers,” no buddy who doubles as a booking agent, no exaggerations about big shows or opportunities. farewell flight is just these four guys, doing all their own booking, managing, promoting, driving. need proof? listen to “phones.”

i’ve only met this band a handful of times; i interviewed lead singer luke foley once, and have chatted up various band members occasionally after gigs. still, i have more respect for them than i do almost anyone else in the business right now. success should come after hard work, and these guys have put in their share. it’s time they get a hand in getting their music out.

also, just an fyi: “essential listening” is the same label i have for artists like john lennon and jeff buckley. i’m just sayin’.



shut off the beacons, cause we know what’s out there.

2 Aug

oh, you know, nothing much.

  • that’s a line from “the sky & i” by scarlet grey. have been listening to the band’s “fancy blood” ep a lot lately. saw them w/ afi and the loved ones with hannah back in march, and we listened to the ep constantly that weekend after the show. i continued to listen to it on repeat after i got home from that weekend, trying to capture the feel of being off for a few days and spending those few days with my bestest bestie in the entire world. we’re planning halloween, and i’m excited, so i’m getting in the mood for that weekend by listening to some scarlet grey. i really like this song, and i like davey havok’s vocals on it. after a particularly awesome afternoon the other day, i drove down 78 with the sun roof open in my car and BLASTED this song. yeah, it was hot. but this song sounded so good.
  • i guess it’s cheesy for a southern girl to love “gone with the wind,” but i do. and say what you what, but i identify with scarlett more than i do almost any other character i’ve ever encountered. that’s not always a good thing. but she is such a well-developed character. i need to read the book.
  • why are all these reporters interviewing the “jersey shore” cast? it’s like they’re trying to figure out what makes them so “fascinating,” but they’re just as clueless as anyone else. why not talk to “jersey shore” fans about why they watch the show? that may be the story.
  • this more expensive hair color and my hair are not friends. what to do, what to do?
  • i understand why chelsea clinton’s wedding is a big deal, so i’m ok with that story. i have no idea why the kings of leon/pigeon story is a story at all.
  • i realize i’m in the minority on this, but those quiznos kittehs are so cute.