Personalized mixes are fraught territory for me. From early childhood through 2011, each time I made a guy a mix he would dump me immediately, sometimes before I’d even given it to him. (Who needs a mix to say “I have sudden and intense feelings for you that probably aren’t reciprocated” when it’s written all over your face?) This mix CD curse, as I call it, happened so many times in a row that it became a running joke among my friends and remained one long after I’d learned my lesson and sworn off the practice. As you can imagine, I found it hilarious.
By Jamie Peck 2/04 11:22am
Xiu Xiu’s’ Angel Guts: Red Classroom’ is out today. Their current tour brings them to the Knitting Factory on March 13. Read More
By Jamie Peck 1/28 10:58am
Glittering fairylands are nice, but we need a song for when the magic of that first snowfall has given way to brown slush and gnarly wipeouts. Read More
By Jamie Peck 1/21 7:30pm
At 11:30pm on Saturday, Jan. 14, the large concrete box of 285 Kent was packed well over its 350-person capacity and movement was difficult. The throngs of sweaty attendees were singing along to the lo-fi R&B of Autre Ne Veut. “Someday I’m gonna die,” the singer, Arthur Ashin, keened as he climbed atop a speaker and struck a pose like Christ on the cross. “Someday I’m gonna die,” he repeated and everyone cheered.
By Jamie Peck 1/17 1:27pm
Why does everything have to suck so much? Read More
By Jamie Peck 1/09 10:58am
Ah, the New Year. Time to reflect on where you’ve been, who you are, and where you want to go. To take stock of your life.
I did this by taking over a haunted mansion in New Orleans, lighting every firework I could find, drinking liquor, smoking cigarettes, tripping on mushrooms, saying swears, throwing up on my own shoes, and generally re-living high school as a teenage bad girl rather than the lame goody two-shoes I actually was. #YOLO, bitches! Read More
By Jamie Peck 12/20/13 10:30am
If Dame Patti Smith is to be believed, artists are fleeing town faster than you can say “gentrification.” And yet, year after year, I continue to be bowled over by the sheer amount and variety of talent that flies at my face each time I venture out. I know, I know: “Punk rock died when the first kid said, ‘Punk’s not dead, punk’s not dead.’” But whatever! Here are 10 locally based artists—some a bit bigger than others—who broke through the many layers of postmodern ennui swaddling my soul to make me feel excited about music this year. Keep up the good work, guys. Read More
By Jamie Peck 12/20/13 10:29am
This past Monday, Dev Hynes returned home to a terrible situation: his whole apartment had burned down, destroying everything he owned and claiming the life of his tiny puppy, Cupid. He posted the heartbreaking news to Twitter. Read More
By Jamie Peck 12/11/13 11:29am
Everyone has that one friend who likes to listen to the same song over and over. Maybe this friend has good taste in music and has even introduced you to some things you’ve liked, but your ardor faded after she refused to cede control of the iTunes remote one too many times. You’re petty like that. Read More
By Jamie Peck 12/09/13 10:00am
So Jay-Z and Beyoncé have embarked upon a 22-day challenge to go completely vegan as part of a “spiritual and physical cleanse” and/or to support their friend’s energy bar business. As a longtime herbivore myself, I couldn’t help but respond to this news in the deepest, most animalistic part of my brain, the part I’ve trained not to care about steak but which will never stop caring about what Queen Bey says and does. Yay, celebrities! Read More