So…BrooklynVegan is advertising my band Club For Growth playing tomorrow at the Cake Shop! This is really weird.
Come see us tomorrow!

So…BrooklynVegan is advertising my band Club For Growth playing tomorrow at the Cake Shop! This is really weird.

Come see us tomorrow!

"If you talk to the average teenager of today and you ask them what it is about rock & roll music that they like, the first thing they’ll say is the beat, the beat, the beat."

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I am playing a huge show on Saturday with Club For Growth, our first show in 4 years. We are opening for the legendary power-pop band, the Paul Collins Beat, and playing with the amazing The #1s & Now People (feat. Mikey Erg of The Ergs!). If you are in NYC and love good rock & roll, you shouldn’t miss this. Also, the Cake Shop is an amazing place to see music. I would love to see you there.

I am playing a huge show on Saturday with Club For Growth, our first show in 4 years. We are opening for the legendary power-pop band, the Paul Collins Beat, and playing with the amazing The #1s & Now People (feat. Mikey Erg of The Ergs!). If you are in NYC and love good rock & roll, you shouldn’t miss this. Also, the Cake Shop is an amazing place to see music. I would love to see you there.

Hooray for not burning bridges, and open invites to come back to work for people when I want.

I think leaving is the best decision I could’ve possibly made.

The 15 minutes before a call in job interview are so nerve racking.

allofmyvinyl:

130. Jeff Buckley - Grace
There are times when I actually miss Tower Records and Borders. Any time I find myself in my childhood bedroom when I visit my folks, I am reminded immediately about how many CD’s I bought as a teenager. I had a steady job through all of High School, and every two weeks I would find myself at one of those retailers buying some music. I would carry around this post-it note in my wallet of records I would eventually like to purchase, and one by one I would cross things off the list. My parents had a pretty decent amount of CD’s, but it had a lot of holes in the classic rock sense. However, they had every Billy Joel album, and lord knows I know nearly every word on those albums since I heard it so many times.One time at Borders I picked up this magazine that listed by decade, genre, and sub-genre, what they deemed “essential.” This was great for me as it helped sort of guide me some things that I should have if I wanted to achieve my goal of becoming a sort of encyclopedia of music knowledge. One of the albums on the list was Jeff Buckley’s “Grace.” Now I had heard “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” before I purchased this, as well as the tales of how amazing “Hallelujah” was, so I was very happy to find this in a bin of “Nice Price” albums for 6 or 7 dollars at Tower Records.My god, that voice just entranced me. I became obsessed with this album that summer. If it wasn’t for my iPod, I would’ve probably played out this album on CD, and would’ve had to buy a new one. That summer I was doing sound and lights for a local theater camp that I had formerly attended. I must’ve played this album on the house PA at some point, because the theater director gave me a copy of “Mystery White Boy” as a thank you gift. I devoured that album too, and it gave me my first introduction to Big Star (even though I didn’t know it at the time).
A few weeks ago, this album celebrated its 20th anniversary. I hadn’t listened to it in years, but like an old friend, it was nice to catch up.

Today’s vinyl post is about trying to become a musical encyclopedia through Tower Records and Borders.

allofmyvinyl:

130. Jeff Buckley - Grace

There are times when I actually miss Tower Records and Borders. Any time I find myself in my childhood bedroom when I visit my folks, I am reminded immediately about how many CD’s I bought as a teenager. I had a steady job through all of High School, and every two weeks I would find myself at one of those retailers buying some music. I would carry around this post-it note in my wallet of records I would eventually like to purchase, and one by one I would cross things off the list. My parents had a pretty decent amount of CD’s, but it had a lot of holes in the classic rock sense. However, they had every Billy Joel album, and lord knows I know nearly every word on those albums since I heard it so many times.

One time at Borders I picked up this magazine that listed by decade, genre, and sub-genre, what they deemed “essential.” This was great for me as it helped sort of guide me some things that I should have if I wanted to achieve my goal of becoming a sort of encyclopedia of music knowledge. One of the albums on the list was Jeff Buckley’s “Grace.” Now I had heard “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” before I purchased this, as well as the tales of how amazing “Hallelujah” was, so I was very happy to find this in a bin of “Nice Price” albums for 6 or 7 dollars at Tower Records.

My god, that voice just entranced me. I became obsessed with this album that summer. If it wasn’t for my iPod, I would’ve probably played out this album on CD, and would’ve had to buy a new one. That summer I was doing sound and lights for a local theater camp that I had formerly attended. I must’ve played this album on the house PA at some point, because the theater director gave me a copy of “Mystery White Boy” as a thank you gift. I devoured that album too, and it gave me my first introduction to Big Star (even though I didn’t know it at the time).

A few weeks ago, this album celebrated its 20th anniversary. I hadn’t listened to it in years, but like an old friend, it was nice to catch up.

Today’s vinyl post is about trying to become a musical encyclopedia through Tower Records and Borders.

allofmyvinyl:

129. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
So in my last post, I talked about the first time I saw Japandroids at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Well I can prove that I wasn’t telling a tall tale. In the artwork on this Japandroids album, you can find me in a picture from that show! 
See! There I am! I can cross off “being in the artwork of an album” off my list of musical achievements. To the music and stories!
"Younger Us" was a song that was released a few years before this record came out (in 2010). At that time, I was still at college, and was working a really horrible summer job. Each day I would drive to arrive by 9am to be a Telemarketer for a probably definitely sketchy “Energy Supplier.” I am 100% convinced that it was a scam. I would call up businesses, and try to convince them to stay on the line long enough for me to talk to them about their current utility bill. I would then ask them to fax me over their last bill, and we would analyze it, and let them know how much they could save if they fixed their rate with us. Oddly enough, I was actually qualified to hold this position. At school I worked for the Phonathon program, which meant that I called Alumni and asked them for donations. I picked this job at school because it paid the best. Eventually I worked my way up to becoming a student manager there for two years. So when I was scanning Craigslist for summer jobs, this telemarketing job was the only place that called me back. By the end of my time there, I was the employee there the longest besides management. How’s that for willpower?
I learned a lot that summer. Mostly, I saw the importance of finishing school, so I didn’t end up like my coworkers. I felt so bad for them. This was their reality, moving from job to job, desperately trying to make things work for themselves. The managers kept dangling the promise of wonderful commissions if they were able to get deals, and they really believed it. Instead the reality is that these managers would emotionally torment these people when people didn’t react positively to the scam operation that we were likely promoting. Everyone was set up to fail. I had an out, because I was leaving as soon as school was starting back up. These poor folks didn’t. So over the course of a few months I watched someone throw a chair through a door, had a bright red faced man who was likely high on coke yell “DEALS” at me, and was told to kill myself a few times over the phone.
So this leads me back to Japandroids and the song “Younger Us.” I made a mix CD for my car, and the first track was this powerful, driving Japandroids song. It screamed for a time when you felt younger, invincible, and had the pure joy of life pulsing through your veins. At 20 years old I pined for a younger me. I felt so old, so broken down every day. I was miserable calling up these people who I didn’t want to bother, and didn’t want to rip off. I did well enough for them not to fire me, but not enough for them to really notice I was there. I think maybe 2 of my leads materialized throughout this whole summer. Everyone else got wise and dropped out before they signed any paperwork.
In the summer of 2012 when this album came out, I was just out of school and unemployed. This time around I was looking for a job that would hopefully make me happy, and a few days after I saw Japandroids live for a second time, I did.

Today’s vinyl post is about how I worked as a Telemarketer for a summer.

allofmyvinyl:

129. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

So in my last post, I talked about the first time I saw Japandroids at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Well I can prove that I wasn’t telling a tall tale. In the artwork on this Japandroids album, you can find me in a picture from that show!

See! There I am! I can cross off “being in the artwork of an album” off my list of musical achievements. To the music and stories!

"Younger Us" was a song that was released a few years before this record came out (in 2010). At that time, I was still at college, and was working a really horrible summer job. Each day I would drive to arrive by 9am to be a Telemarketer for a probably definitely sketchy “Energy Supplier.” I am 100% convinced that it was a scam. I would call up businesses, and try to convince them to stay on the line long enough for me to talk to them about their current utility bill. I would then ask them to fax me over their last bill, and we would analyze it, and let them know how much they could save if they fixed their rate with us. Oddly enough, I was actually qualified to hold this position. At school I worked for the Phonathon program, which meant that I called Alumni and asked them for donations. I picked this job at school because it paid the best. Eventually I worked my way up to becoming a student manager there for two years. So when I was scanning Craigslist for summer jobs, this telemarketing job was the only place that called me back. By the end of my time there, I was the employee there the longest besides management. How’s that for willpower?

I learned a lot that summer. Mostly, I saw the importance of finishing school, so I didn’t end up like my coworkers. I felt so bad for them. This was their reality, moving from job to job, desperately trying to make things work for themselves. The managers kept dangling the promise of wonderful commissions if they were able to get deals, and they really believed it. Instead the reality is that these managers would emotionally torment these people when people didn’t react positively to the scam operation that we were likely promoting. Everyone was set up to fail. I had an out, because I was leaving as soon as school was starting back up. These poor folks didn’t. So over the course of a few months I watched someone throw a chair through a door, had a bright red faced man who was likely high on coke yell “DEALS” at me, and was told to kill myself a few times over the phone.

So this leads me back to Japandroids and the song “Younger Us.” I made a mix CD for my car, and the first track was this powerful, driving Japandroids song. It screamed for a time when you felt younger, invincible, and had the pure joy of life pulsing through your veins. At 20 years old I pined for a younger me. I felt so old, so broken down every day. I was miserable calling up these people who I didn’t want to bother, and didn’t want to rip off. I did well enough for them not to fire me, but not enough for them to really notice I was there. I think maybe 2 of my leads materialized throughout this whole summer. Everyone else got wise and dropped out before they signed any paperwork.

In the summer of 2012 when this album came out, I was just out of school and unemployed. This time around I was looking for a job that would hopefully make me happy, and a few days after I saw Japandroids live for a second time, I did.

Today’s vinyl post is about how I worked as a Telemarketer for a summer.

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