“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. ”Gradually and then suddenly.” …and milkshakes.
In which Ben and I masquerade as respectable...
There was a time when Ben Westermann-Clark and I occasionally interviewed artists for the Grooveshark Blog. All told, we probably interviewed over 30 semi-notable musicians (and Straylight Run!). Maybe 2 of these interviews are actually what anyone would term as “readable”. I happen to think this interview we did with Girl Talk was one such interview, but that may be because...
In which Evan and I sneak backstage and meet Bruce...
I am a Bruce Springsteen fan. I say that not in a way that would suggest that I simply enjoy all of his albums, I say that to convey an obsession that borders on the unhealthy. If you were to peruse my iTunes (probably Limewire if we’re being honest) when I was 16 years old, you would likely find over 1,000 Springsteen songs accompanied by a handful of Dylan, The Who, and Tom Waits tracks. ...
Someone told me to expect some new readers today which is surpring considering that I don’t think any of my friends even know this blog exists. With that in mind, if you are a new reader, here are some albums that I like that I hope you might enjoy if you haven’t heard them already. I’d wager to say that this is My Top 10 Favorite Albums list. Bruce Springsteen-Darkness on the...
I am made of blue sky and hard rock and I will live this way forever.
Summer Lovin' Torture Party
Bought some new vinyl today. Including: Bright Eyes-I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning Vampire Weekend-Contra The Replacements- Don’t Tell A Soul Steely Dan-Aja Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers-s/t Bruce Springsteen-Darkness on the Edge of Town I’m not going to write out an epic description of my relationship with ALL of these albums because I would imagine reading that...
A poodle ripped Stephen Malkmus' face off.
I got a record player for Christmas. This is pretty great, namely because record players are inherently pretty cool and also because now I wont be reduced to being the kind of guy that has a ton of vinyl in the corner of his room without anything to play them on. Also great is that the record store I used to work at just relocated to right underneath my current office. I went in there today to...
Why Won't Vishal Go To Lucas Pasta With Me?
Especially after this delightful correspondence. cousinbeevo23 (2:13:50 PM): hey fuckhead wanna get some food?cousinbeevo23 (2:15:23 PM): you dickcousinbeevo23 (2:15:26 PM): look at your computervishal (2:15:32 PM): whatcha got in mind?cousinbeevo23 (2:15:35 PM): lucasvishal (2:15:37 PM): I just ate GS rationscousinbeevo23 (2:15:37 PM): PASTAcousinbeevo23 (2:15:40 PM): fuck that...
Rachel Getting Verbally Assaulted
Rachel operates the Grooveshark Artists facebook. I saw that GSartists was online, so I took to insulting her, as is my wont. Here’s the text. I lost with my inability to spell marmoset. Jack i hate you you love anberlin shut up you want to have like 10 million of anberlin’s babies 4:52pmGrooveshark hahahaha you’re anberlin’s dummer drummer but youre dumb...
So apparently this Thursday was “Evoke Charles Bukowski Day” at The Atlantic. Through the fog of Pabst Blue Ribbon, it was revealed that my erstwhile roommate and frequent quoter of Albert Camus had not read anything by Charles Bukowski. When we got home I immediately ran to my room and unearthed “Ham on Rye” and demanded that he read it by morning. Because we were both...
What I’ve been listening today. It’s a lot easier to listen to music on Grooveshark than it is to just constantly listen to the one cd that has been floating around the cavernous abyss of my car for the past two weeks. I love MGMT, but if I hear “Time to Pretend” one more time then people are gonna die. Not just from my porous driving, but from delightfully snarky synth...
GOD: I own you like I own the caves. THE OCEAN: Not a chance. No comparison. GOD: I made you. I could tame you. THE OCEAN: At one time, maybe. But not now. GOD: I will come to you, freeze you, break you. THE OCEAN: I will spread myself like wings. I am a billion tiny feathers. You have no idea what’s happened to me.
I got the handshake under my tongue
Great lyric from MGMT about how signing a record deal is a lot like being a mental patient putting pills under your tongue. Pretty much exactly how I feel right now. Except I can’t play an instrument and I’m prone to making weak analogies. Selling things makes me feel dirty.
Jack nerd. 12:16pmMeg poop 12:16pmJack marmacet! 12:17pmMeg lap dance 12:17pmJack stinkbug 12:17pmMeg polly pocket 12:17pmJack David Hasselhoff 12:17pmMeg filter bag 12:17pmJack chalupa! 12:17pmMeg yo quero 12:18pmJack ok. have a good day meg 12:18pmMeg you can’t do that! 12:18pmJack but it would have been such a great way to end the conversation! we’re not going anywhere but down...
Diamonds and Sandwiches
Because I not so secretly miss filling out surveys on myspace bulletins and I very much not so secretly enjoy discussing my life. Here’s 23 random fact type things I don’t think a lot of people know. Unless you’re Devonda. Because she’s probably done her research. 1. I didn’t have any alcohol at all until I was 19. 2. I’ve never been to church ever. 3....
cousinbeevo23 (1:24:07 PM): the words awesome and tim and terry’s should not be used together unless describing how awesome it is to leave there and not get bombarded by some neohippie douchebags playing sublime songs on a mandolin
Because my covers posts were pretty much run out of Grooveshark blog town on a rail, I’ve moved them over here. My motivation extends to nothing other than spite. These posts did fairly well traffic wise, but I think the amount of time required for their construction left a few people underwhelmed. I understand. Kind of. I like covers though, and I’ve recently found a bunch that are super...
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Toy Soldiers and Red Dawn
These movies made me want terrorists to invade my school so Devin and I could run roughshod on their sorry asses. They are possibly why I give sideways glances to people of Columbian and Russian descent. Wolverines!!!
Teenage Dirtbag? Pssshaw
3 or 4 years ago I was working at a local record store in Gainesville. My somewhat monotonous duties entailed cataloguing over 140,000 cds and making sure that bums didn’t steal Jimmy Buffet vinyl. It was a hard knock life indeed. So one day I was working in the back room when I overheard an inquisitive young man asking about a local venue called Common Grounds. I knew the venue well, so...
A Groundbreaking Idea for a Video Game Spin Off
One of the most succesful video games of the last few years has been the wildly popular GuitarHero. I’ll abstain from summarizing what it is, because unless you’ve been living as a hermit for the last 4 years you probably know what it is. My idea is to market a video game for these hermits. Hippies don’t really have a video game exclusive to them. My idea appeals to them and...
Last Words on the Subject: Tom Petty and The...
I feel the need to offer a disclaimer before anyone should read this. I’m listening to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers self titled debut album and then comparing it to Tom Petty’s newest solo album Highway Companion. It is making me angry. As a result, I’m fairly sure this post will digress into a vitriolic, obscenity filled diatribe. You have been warned. Between the ages of...
Another Unnecessary Homage to Springsteen
Interlachen, Florida will never be described as a booming, cultural metropolis. Truth be told, it’s generally regarded as a fine place to stop for a bathroom break on the way to the beach. The rancid smell of septic tanks permeating around the town seems oddly fitting. While Interlachen is not terribly exciting on paper, it will permanently hold a place in my heart for two reasons. The...
In regards to moonlighting as The Stills 3rd...
I feel the need to preface this by saying I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. Ben and I tried recording some demos of our original songs (“My Zombie Suicide Note”…featuring the classic line “Don’t Eat My Brains Like Ray Liotta”), and my shocking inability to play instuments ranging from harmonica to “Phoenix Suns Notebook” rendered our...
My coworker Ben and I were assigned to cover the AntiPop festival in Orlando last month. It was one of those assignments that we probably would have paid Grooveshark to let us participate in. Before we arrived in Orlando we assumed that the 4 days would consist of us chain smoking cigarettes with a litany of really cool bands while we discussed important topics like why Joy Division was and is a...
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations-eels
For the love of God, if you don’t own this album then you need to buy it in its entirety on Grooveshark immediately. It makes me feel like I’m driving on the moon…in the best possible way. With oxygen. And possibly Harlan Williams.
Jesse Malin is a fantastic, extremely underrated artist who has been championed by myself, and slightly more importantly Bruce Springsteen. He’s released three solo albums, all of which contain brilliant, introspective songs in the vein of Neil Young or Paul Westerberg. He also has a really cool website where he lists his favorite things for that particular month(jessemalin.com). Because...
All Shook Down
Today I had the distinct pleasure of talking to former Mudcruth guitarist Danny Roberts. For those of you that don’t know, Mudcrutch was the initial incarnation of the band that would become Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Because my dad was the music writer for the Gainesville Sun for something like 48,000 years I heard a lot about Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers growing up. What began...
Singing Lead Soprano in a Junk Man's Choir
Hello adoring public! My name is Jack DeYoung and I’m a mildly egomaniacal employee of the music distribution giant Grooveshark.com. I’m hoping to use this site to promote music, movies, and a litany of other things I find interesting(the trend may be that I talk about myself a lot). I have a theory that I got hired by Grooveshark solely because when I met everyone that worked here I...