There’s something so refreshing about The Rip Tide. Usually, I am immediately only drawn to a few songs on Beirut’s albums; it usually takes a bit to grow on me. However, all of the tracks on this record are strong, and could successfully stand alone.
Maybe I just feel closer to this record, having worked at Ba Da Bing this summer? Either way, this is definitely my favorite album of 2011 so far. Enjoy.
So what's the story with The Miscreant? What sort of things do you publish? Do you take submissions? How do people get involved?
The Miscreant is a little project I started after doing a lot of research on indie labels in the 90s. I was reading about all companies like Sub Pop and Saddle Creek that were birthed out of early radio shows and quirky ‘zines. It inspired me to start putting out a little something of my own. With a few friends in tote, I started putting out an issue every other Friday in May.The publication is completely submission based. We just ask people to write about music, movies or art they’ve been exposed to lately. We’ve also had illustration and photography submitted in the past. It’s entirely free-format!
Issue 9 will be the first issue that we will produce in print. The hope is that we will be able to sell these zines for a small fee, as well as making them available for free online. If all goes well, you can count on future issues being published in the same way.
To submit, just send your writing or artwork to email@example.com. Also, check out the Facebook page. And never hesitate to ask for suggestions on what to write about!
I’m proud to say that, with the help of a few of his other friends, I have successfully got McClain into Adventure Time. After several years of living by the original short, I can honestly call myself a die-hard fan of the show. This is why I was flat out elated when Andrew sent me this link to a “soundtrack” of sorts for the show.
This is without a doubt my favorite tune from the show. I also enjoyed the original demo, but there is something so pretty about this one. Enjoy.
I’m in Andrew’s Starbucks, watching his diligently empty the trash cans full of green straws and sugar packets. He looks nice in his apron.
Yesterday was his mother’s birthday. I’ve made it my duty that I make her a mix by the end of his shift. Making a mix for someone’s mom, nearly any mom, is always harder that it might seem. I think there are safe holds like Ingrid Michaelson and the Weepies that could win over any mother. But you always have to remind yourself of your audience. It’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between what you want them to like and what they will actually enjoy. This is true of any compilation but especially true for the ones we make our mothers. They are sometimes too easy to please, we think we can get away with any old Rilo Kiley track; but we know better. We know better than to pull that kind of trick.
Right now, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Little Rock. According to Andrew’s mother, it is “hotter than blue blazes” in the Natural State. Though it’s cooled down quite a bit since last week, it is a little toasty for my liking. But I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to be with Mr. McClain.
Also, I just happen to be working on the next issue of the Miscreant. Get ready; it’s going to be way too punk.