if you want to hear me read about rilo kiley

there’s a new-ish monthly music writer reading series called “words and guitars” (cool name) at a bar called hi-fi in manhattan. they kindly asked me to read at this month’s installment so i’ll be reading part of that essay i wrote about rilo kiley’s more adventurous. it’s thursday starting around 8pm @ 169 avenue a (@ 11th st). i think this might be my first time doing a reading in NYC

https://www.facebook.com/events/624246787688656/

I’m not making or releasing music with the label I founded to satisfy expectations or play into ideas of hype, I am doing it for people who are mentally ill, who are queer, who are who are young and living in an awful small town and need a connection with music, for disenfranchised and marginalized people who have been in similar situations to me where music was able to help me though it and ultimately inspire me to start something like Foxes in Fiction or Orchid Tapes. If one person at an institution-as-website doesn’t get that, that’s fine.

warren reminds us of his intentions and inspirations for foxes in fiction & orchid tapes, reaffirms all of my love for his music & label. 

i’m just disappointed because there are a lot of writers & editors out there who understand the beauty of this music & it would be great for those voices to be given such a massive platform instead. if contextualized correctly and listened to deeply, this is the sort of project that can really impact someone hugely. what a waste of space to publish something that so visibly “misses the point.” 

fall update

goodbye 100% structureless schedule, it’s been real (hard to get anything done or feel productive ever)

what’s up autumn of many projects and part-time writing/editing/zine related commitments :D happy to be here, happy to be in NY, excited in general blah blah etc etc

It can be a humbling thing, then, to tour with performers, and to be dismissed frequently and completely; and to be asked by a well-meaning norm if you are a ‘roadie or a groupie’; and then, subsequently, to take stock of your decisions in full—why and how your life has led you to trap yourself in a car, carry gear, and sell other people’s things for no compensation and little recognition.

it’s the last night of my last of 4 tours in 2014 and i am feeling grateful but also feeling THIS.

http://www.fvckthemedia.com/issue39/essay

ageism

this issue made me think a lot about ageism and the different ways it manifests itself around us. it is weird to me that the music, art, and creative communities that glorify youthfulness so much also have so many intrinsic boundaries preventing young people from engaging. at the same time, in other ways, i’ve also observed how that same emphasis and glorification of youthfulness can lead to incredibly passionate and talented folks moving through their 30s and 40s grow discouraged from remaining engaged in creative communities, and i think that is a really fucked up product of ageism as well. the phrase “lifer” has always rubbed me the wrong way and i think suggests that there is something weird or wrong about staying creative and passionate and curious throughout life. there are so many social expectations that folks are expected to adhere to as they grow into “adults” … i think its a part of ageism that is often overlooked, or maybe it’s just becoming more a part of my reality as i creep into adulthood …

a note on this week's issue of "The Media"

fvckthemedia:

last december the media held an open editorial meeting at the all-ages venue that liz now lives at, the silent barn. at that meeting we met jacob weingast, a 16-year-old from the suburbs of nyc. he happened upon the meeting by chance, and mostly was at the barn to see marissa paternoster’s set later on.

weeks after the meeting we received some emails with story pitches from jacob and other high school students who were at the meeting. they were smart and thoughtful. the media had featured contributions from high school age writers before. in general, we are perpetually impressed by how critical and socially-conscious so many of the teenagers we meet today are. we’re pretty sure it has a lot to do with the internet and tumblr and we think that is cool and inspiring.

fast forward to april and jacob pitches us the idea for an issue written completely by teenagers. it was a great idea so naturally we said yes. we were in touch for the past few months about the issue (largely compiled over summer vacation, awesome) but for the most part everything was curated by  jacob, who assured us that to keep the issue inclusive he would make sure it only featured one other “straight cis white guy contributing.” that email has stuck with us because we definitely did not know what the word “cis” meant until around age 23. 

we are super impressed by how this issue turned out. some of the issue is specifically related to “all ages” issues — there is an essay on the value of all ages shows by jaclyn walsh, an interview with a 16-year-old show booker/bassist from the DC area named ray brown. other pieces aren’t specifically focused on age-related issue, but are just cool pieces that happened to be written by teens. there are some amazing teenage artists featured, like the entire mixtape of teen bands, a video of girlpool from L.A., and drawings by liana helene (a/k/a the very talented liana’s fire, who has written for the media in the past. fun fact: we met at a rookie meet up in boston!)

to reiterate, folks of all ages are always welcome to write for every issue of the media. but an all-ages issue seemed like a good idea, a good place to specifically publish some pieces directly related to the value of all-ages shows, today’s unique teenage experiences, etc.there were a lot of good stories we wanted to include but it didn’t work out schedule-wise, so in the next few months the media will start publishing some sort of sporadic recurring youth-penned column focused on all-ages/teen-culture things. 

young people are just as smart, articulate, and on-point in their ideas as any other writers. the idea that a person needs to wait until they are in their 20s or 30s to start having their voice heard is a very bizarre notion that needs to be destroyed.

*all teenagers* please pitch us anytime!

<3 liz & faye