I originally submitted this to my friend Rich Chizmar of Cemetery Dance Publications to be included as a guest essay for his Stephen King Revisited project. But after talking to him and getting his blessing (and since he's still a long way from revisiting IT), I decided the timing was right to share it with you… Continue reading The Eighth Loser
There’s an organization in the U.K. called Safe Gigs for Women founded with the primary goal of, kind of obviously, making gigs safe for women. Our neighbors across the pond have a real epidemic of women being harassed in one way or another at concerts and festivals, from physical assault to groping to outright rape.… Continue reading I can’t believe we even have to have this discussion
"The chapters of your life might take you by surprise, and the last plot twist, you never saw it coming." Thanks, Arkells, for the perfect summation of my state of mind. Apparently I'm a music journalist now? Did NOT see that one coming. But to say that I'm thrilled wouldn't even come close to describing… Continue reading The last plot twist, I never saw it coming
"The future's not where it used to be." https://youtu.be/dq_u57WFqmE (This song is everything.) You guys know how I feel about opening acts - don't ever miss them and, if you've never heard of the band, listen to their set with an open mind. You might think you'll be bored and unimpressed, but I've found quite… Continue reading What I’m Spinning – Atlas Genius
You all know by now that I go in fits & starts with this thing. Sometimes I'm super inspired & churn out a couple of posts a week for several months straight. Other (more frequent) times, I'll get busy or lazy & you won't hear from me at all for an entire season. So if you're… Continue reading PSA
Hi. It’s been a while, and for that you have my apologies. But don’t worry, I haven’t been idle. I’m not gonna give you a full recap of everything I've been up to since June though (at least, not today). Rather, I want to talk about last weekend, where so many good memories were made,… Continue reading My heart’s always theirs
"It's knowing that this can't go on forever. Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone. Maybe we'll get forty years together, but one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone." This post wasn't supposed to be about this song. Up until yesterday, I'd been obsessively listening to another… Continue reading What I’m Spinning – If We Were Vampires
"Gold hair like the ring on her hand..." More on this fella later. For now, listen and imagine yourself in a seedy bar somewhere along the Mississippi on a sultry summer night.
"Oh, it's just a game, a silly little game. Everyone's a fool so you don't take any blame. With entitled narcissism, you speak courageously. You're praying to gods who are meaningless to me. You're preying on the weak and those who don't believe." Letting the Arkells do the talking today. Get angry, people.
Social media gets a bad rap. Yes, it has its unpleasant sides; the misinformation that spreads like wildfire, the bullying that can go on (although I think this happens more with the younger set, yes?), the plummeting sense of self-worth when you follow people who are seem to be far cooler than you (don't deny it,… Continue reading My pin-up moment; or, why social media is awesome