Side notes, rejections and dreams

I've been listening to this on vinyl a lot.

This weekend I spent a few hours in a midtown coffee shop writing a review of Feist’s new album Metals for The Next Great Generation (Will link to it when it goes live). It felt really great to write again. I hadn’t for the longest time, and I missed it more than anything.

I love my job. I love what I do. I love where I work and I love the incredibly impressive and talented people I work with, but it makes me realize how much I took the last few years of my life for granted. When I was in Buffalo, at The Gazette and at Columbia I had so much time just to write. Stories, reviews, magazine features…my job was writing. While I wouldn’ trade my job for anything in the world I decided I’m going to make a point of writing more. Maybe an album review each week or something along those lines. Even if my only publishing platform is this tiny slice of the Internet, it’s something I need to do for myself. Plus, I should stay in practice.

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The Village Voice rejected my student debt story so I sent it to NY Magazine, but I haven’t heard back so I’m assuming that’s a rejecton, too. I’m kind of ready to give up on it. It’s such an important topic but in this economy when everyone is hurting, I can’t get anyone to care about broke, indebted college kids. I can’t say I blame them.

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I had a dream last night that I was a staff writer for Rolling Stone with an adorable one bedroom East Village apartment and an assignment to go on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls in order to write a feature on underappreciated bands. It was one of the best dreams I’ve had in a while and it gave me an idea: Maybe I should try to get some interviews with the Goos and pitch it to RS when their next album comes out? Maybe? I’m probably insane.

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Things to PICK UP RIGHT NOW:

* Metals-Feist (album)

* Sweeter-Gavin DeGraw (album)

* The Visible Man-Chuck Klosterman (novel)

* Out of the Vinyl Deeps-Ellen Willis (non-fiction book)

* The news issue of Rolling Stone with Pink Floyd on the cover

Things to AVOID AT ALL COSTS:

* PanAm: WAY over-hyped. Seriously dumb show.

* The new season of Gossip Girl–pregnant Blair is annoying

* Apple cider in New York City unless it’s being sold at a green market and was homemade by a farm upstate.

* Foster the People (band)-The rest of the album is not nearly as catchy/fun as “Pumped Up Kicks.”

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