April 17, 2014
SO THIS HAPPENED.
In some ridiculous twist of fate or happenstance or whatever, I wound up at The Rainbow on the Sunset Strip last week expecting to meet up with Ron Jeremy to talk about classical music, because, no joke, he’s releasing a classical music 7” on Record Store Day via Shooter Jennings’ new label, Black Country Rock. Twenty minutes before he and Shooter and I are supposed to meet up, I get a call from Shooter, who’s super apologetic and bummed: turns out Ron was in Vegas at the ACMs raging and promoting the single, and due to plane trouble, he missed the last flight out of Vegas and wouldn’t be able to meet us. Shooter and I hung out anyway and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the guy, and Black Country Rock—which is dropping four releases on Record Store Day, and releasing some newly remastered work from his dad and Wanda Jackson—seems like it’s got great things ahead.
And then there’s Ron. After working our schedules out, we made time for what I thought would be a quick phone call. We talked for 45 minutes about music videos, rap, rock, classical, where “Ron Jeremy’s Office” is, exactly, and what it means to visit it, etc. He was so funny and so sweet and really, really, really up on music, his Chopin, his Axl Rose punk cuts, everything. It was such a pleasure to speak with him and even though my parents are appalled (“We’re not mad, we’re disappointed”) that I took on such a racy assignment, this was fun. (I will say, though, that line about Ron’s abilities wasn’t in my original draft. I can’t write “dick” without blushing. Ha.) I guess I can add “Told a dirty joke to Ron Jeremy; made him laugh” to the resume.
Anyways, it’s a living. 

SO THIS HAPPENED.

In some ridiculous twist of fate or happenstance or whatever, I wound up at The Rainbow on the Sunset Strip last week expecting to meet up with Ron Jeremy to talk about classical music, because, no joke, he’s releasing a classical music 7” on Record Store Day via Shooter Jennings’ new label, Black Country Rock. Twenty minutes before he and Shooter and I are supposed to meet up, I get a call from Shooter, who’s super apologetic and bummed: turns out Ron was in Vegas at the ACMs raging and promoting the single, and due to plane trouble, he missed the last flight out of Vegas and wouldn’t be able to meet us. Shooter and I hung out anyway and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the guy, and Black Country Rock—which is dropping four releases on Record Store Day, and releasing some newly remastered work from his dad and Wanda Jackson—seems like it’s got great things ahead.

And then there’s Ron. After working our schedules out, we made time for what I thought would be a quick phone call. We talked for 45 minutes about music videos, rap, rock, classical, where “Ron Jeremy’s Office” is, exactly, and what it means to visit it, etc. He was so funny and so sweet and really, really, really up on music, his Chopin, his Axl Rose punk cuts, everything. It was such a pleasure to speak with him and even though my parents are appalled (“We’re not mad, we’re disappointed”) that I took on such a racy assignment, this was fun. (I will say, though, that line about Ron’s abilities wasn’t in my original draft. I can’t write “dick” without blushing. Ha.) I guess I can add “Told a dirty joke to Ron Jeremy; made him laugh” to the resume.

Anyways, it’s a living. 

April 17, 2014
#tbt to last week, when we were exploring Big Sur and geeking out over @FatherJohnMisty’s show poster at the Henry Miller Library.

#tbt to last week, when we were exploring Big Sur and geeking out over @FatherJohnMisty’s show poster at the Henry Miller Library.

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April 16, 2014
This woman is a force of nature. @ConwayMusic = all of the 😍😍😍 all the time. (at The Majestic Ventura Theater)

This woman is a force of nature. @ConwayMusic = all of the 😍😍😍 all the time. (at The Majestic Ventura Theater)

April 16, 2014
This is how I feel about my inbox today.

This is how I feel about my inbox today.

April 15, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Listen to the New Whigs' Album 'Modern Creation'

The first time I saw The Whigs was from the ramp at the Middle East Downstairs, where I immediately regret forgetting my earplugs and embraced a bass-fueled deafness that would last for a few days. (That was also the first Mean Creek show I ever attended. Funny how time flies!) Modern Creation is a solid record and a perfect windows-down pick, so it’s seasonally appropriate and rad. I spoke with Parker from The Whigs about the record and refrained from mentioning that I was too lame and nerdy to walk up and say hi when I saw him and Julian hanging out at the 5 Spot in Nashville a few weeks back.

April 15, 2014
Boston Strong: Branding Charity or Branding Tragedy?

hilaryhughes:

Sophomore year, I took an ethnomusicology class that focused on nationalism in music for a few weeks, and polarizing popular country singles from the months and years following 9/11 came up in conversation a few times. The example the professor used that launched one of these pointed discussions was Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?”, a ballad penned by a Tennessean about how his “neighbors” were blown away, one that speaks to the singer’s bitterness about waning patriotism between 9/11 and 2003. The reason why the song and that class in particular stand out from that semester is because it was one of the only ones where our professor—a soft-spoken, self-described vinyl geek with a ponytail—got angry and swore. A lot. “Your ‘neighbors?’ Those aren’t your fucking neighbors, man! Those are my neighbors!” stuck with me especially, and this vengeful, “patriotic” stance copped by this guy from Nashville was downright offensive to my New Yorker professor. (And to the rest of the class, but that’s a given—it was Sarah Lawrence, after all. Worley’s kind of thinking just didn’t happen there.)

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I’m still not entirely sure.

April 14, 2014
Maybe my favorite comments that have ever been left on a piece I’ve written.

Maybe my favorite comments that have ever been left on a piece I’ve written.

April 9, 2014
Big Sur, Little Us!

Big Sur, Little Us!

April 9, 2014

Spending the next couple of days driving up the PCH to Big Sur and Carmel Valley with @flashdanceoshea. (at PCH)

April 8, 2014

I spoke with James, one of the Felice Brothers that’s actually a Felice Brother, about shirking the Americana coil, writing punks hit on accordions and fiddles and why road testing your work is important for Esquire. Favorite Waitress is required listening if you’re as sick of winter and cold and grey as the next person, because this is the stuff of sweaty, late nights spent in dive bars and around bonfires, and it’s great.

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