late summer travels

8/27 - boston - the sinclair
8/28 - philadelphia - first unitarian church 
8/29 - asbury park - asbury lanes 
8/30 - dc - rock n roll hotel
9/5 - raleigh - hopscotch
9/6 - richmond - ‘fall line fest’
9/7 - knoxville - pilot light 
9/8 - asheville - mothlight
9/9 - nashville - stone fox 
9/10 - louisville - dreamland 
9/12 - cleveland - beachland tavern
9/13 - buffalo - sugar city
9/14 - albany - the low beat

pls send recs for your favorite local attractions that are within walking distance of these venues. also come see potty mouth + say hi ; )

jump start

morningriser:

i’m in a band called joyride! and we have a new record called bodies of water and you can listen to it online if you want.

the record is being released on salinas records and you can preorder it here 

there will also be a tape version released on lauren records

listen to joyride

Police Officer Threatens To Shoot Reporter Live-Streaming Protests In Ferguson

wherein a militarized police officer actually shouts at a student, “get the fuck out of here! you get that light off or you’re getting shot with this!” this is “you can’t make this shit up”-type evidence of the “threat” that authorities see in reporters covering protests + police brutality … maybe if their behavior wasn’t so fucking repulsive they wouldn’t be afraid to look at their own reflections in the media, on twitter, on youtube. 

More Adventurous deserves to be remembered as the ultimate anti-love album of the early aughts, not because it rails with rage or sobs uncontrollably in heartbreak, but for the way it embraces the futility of precious love, laughs under its breath at the ways relationships can ruin our lives in subtle everyday ways, quietly rejects the institution that is marriage.

As a teenager, I could connect to these songs on an emotional level, but now in my 20s (around the same age as the members of Rilo Kiley when they penned these lyrics), I can understand their intricacies more sharply. Listening from a suburban basement, I mined these songs for the quippy one-liners and unshakeable hooks. I still think those are fine reasons to love a song. But it’s only now that I can fully understand their complexity and the emotional vulnerability it takes to spill out your insides like this.

on the 10-year anniversary of Rilo Kiley’s More Adventurous, i reflected on the album for stereogum 

reporting v. editing

being an editor is sort of just like being a reporter, depending on what your goals with reporting are. i feel like on my many goals with reporting has  always been to interview people with interesting, under-reported stories, and then present their stories in a compelling, readable way. now, so many of the authors we publish on The Media, i feel like, in another life if i were still on staff at a newspaper,  are people who i would have maybe interviewed and profiled. but instead now we get to help them to tell their stories themselves, which is a really cool feeling. 

top 8 favorite lyrics on “more adventurous”

1. i am flawed if i’m not free
2. i say there’s trouble when everything is fine. the need to destroy things creeps up on me every time. and just as love’s silhouette appears i close my eyes and disappear tonight.
3. any asshole can open up a museum
4. we’re just recreation for all those doctors and lawyers
5. we could be day time drunks if we wanted, we’d never get anything done that way baby, and we’d still be ruled by our dueling perspectives
6.  all of the beautiful things that make you weep don’t have to make you weak
7. i know i’m alone if i am with or without you, but just being around you offers me another form of relief
8.  morgan says, maybe love won’t let you down. all of your failures are training grounds.

Name that non-lethal weapon

if you need some further context on the fucking sound canons cops were using last night in ferguson here’s that thing i wrote about LRADs in 2011 during occupy. wherein an auditory neuroscientist told me: “Using [an LRAD] against protesters who are not physically violent is an abuse of a piece of technology. You don’t want to be within about 100 feet of this specialized speaker, because it will be loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage… . It’s a very loud, very piercing sound, so loud that basically your entire sympathetic nervous system fires up in response to it.” it can cause nausea, vomiting, panic, and deters logical decision-making.

ajamae:

faintedincoils:

lovelykeba:

Help the fight against police brutality!

You should definitely do this, but please be safe and knowledgeable about it! Here are some resources for how to safely film/photograph police brutality, as well as information on YOUR rights as you do so:
7 Rules for Recording Police
Know Your Rights: Photographers
Tips for Recording Police Interactions
Please be aware that different states have different laws on the matter.  Check into them so you can know you specific laws, and what to expect if you film the police.  Also check with your state’s chapter of the ACLU; many of them have tips on this matter, and some have pocket foldouts of your rights that you can use to convince the police that no, you aren’t doing anything wrong.

Stay woke.

F.T.P. FILM THE POLICE

ajamae:

faintedincoils:

lovelykeba:

Help the fight against police brutality!

You should definitely do this, but please be safe and knowledgeable about it! Here are some resources for how to safely film/photograph police brutality, as well as information on YOUR rights as you do so:

Please be aware that different states have different laws on the matter.  Check into them so you can know you specific laws, and what to expect if you film the police.  Also check with your state’s chapter of the ACLU; many of them have tips on this matter, and some have pocket foldouts of your rights that you can use to convince the police that no, you aren’t doing anything wrong.

Stay woke.

F.T.P. FILM THE POLICE

BORDER BALLAD: On the myths surrounding South Texas’s Central American migration influx / by Patrick A. Garcia

In 2013, Jenn and Ali Carter and I were invited to attend a 1-night music festival in McAllen, a “border town” in South Texas. The fest, Galax Z Fair, was appropriately timed between Monterrey, Mexico’s Festival NRMAL (which we were already going to) and SXSW. The line-up was really good (White Lung, Merchandise, Nu Sense, etc.) so we decided to go. After NRMAL, we took buses from Monterrey to McAllen. It was an all-day trip, because of how much traffic we sat through at the “border” (though I’ve now learned it should actually only take 3 hours by car). Folks involved in the festival generously put us up for the night in McAllen and showed us around the next day. We had breakfast tacos, went thrifting, checked out a record/zine shop.

After a day hanging in McAllen, the organizer of Galax Z Fair, Patrick, drove us from his hometown to Austin.  On the way, he told us all about his experiences growing up and booking shows in McAllen, about the stigmas and associations and challenges that keep a lot of bands from wanting to play there. We talked about all of the false preconceptions that people hold about the safety of McAllen, about the ways the mainstream media shape the U.S. perspective on “border towns”. Patrick had a lot of extremely interesting insight and I always hoped that eventually one day he’d maybe want to write about his experiences as an all-ages show-booker in McAllen for The Media.

Instead, a couple of weeks ago Patrick pitched me an even more interesting and probably more important piece, “Border Ballad: On the myths surrounding South Texas’s Central American migration influx."It mostly is a reflection on Patrick’s experiences volunteering at a relief center for recently-processed Central American migrants, many of whom have been coming to the US via McAllen as of late. The piece is full of anecdotes pulled from Patrick’s volunteer experiences, and it helps to dispel a lot of misinformation being pushed by the mainstream media about the "situation" at the "border" as of late.  It’s an incredibly compelling story and I’m honored to have helped edit + publish it.

forgottengrin:

NO BAD VIBES NO BAD FEELINGS NO BAD MANNERS JUST BAD CANOES

v psyched that Alice is playing with bad canoes on the 21st @ emerson palace

forgottengrin:

NO BAD VIBES NO BAD FEELINGS NO BAD MANNERS JUST BAD CANOES

v psyched that Alice is playing with bad canoes on the 21st @ emerson palace