Anonymous asked: thoughts on the national
i’ve never really been into them. I like the singer’s voice a lot but I think the music that appeals to me the least is that kind of indie rock stuff like grizzly bear, arcade fire, or the national.
it just doesn’t have that spark of weirdness that draws me into a song (or in arcade fire’s case the weirdness is feigned).
it’s too clean and pressed and i always feel like they’re trying to convey the soul instead of express the soul.
zeesway asked: Digging the new tune, what's your favorite Elliott smith album?
I feel like they all have their merits but my favorite is probably figure 8. it’s his most cohesive.
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acatwithadick asked: Dude fuck yea on the sobriety. That's not something I've ever dealt with personally but I have friends who have/are and it's a struggle but one of the noblest struggles you can have. This situation with the tickets is bullshit and I'm sorry that it's happening. My thoughts are going out to you
Yea shit get’s really rough. I’ve tried on and off to quit for a long time but it feels right to do it now. People who haven’t been addicted to alcohol can’t really understand but I wouldn’t expect them to.
Like every little bad thing that happens the voice in your head is like “hey man you could use a drink right now, it’ll make this go away”.
And to some extent that voice is telling the truth, but when you push your problems away they’re just harder to find when you need to solve them. By the time you figure out what needs to be done the problem has grown stronger than you and it can make you feel like you’re dying.
i’m not putting any expectations on myself this time. I’m not going to say I can do it because i just don’t know. Lately when I want a drink I just chug water from this gallon jug I keep on my desk. I think about how much more important my music is to me, and how blessed I am to have an audience for it. My drinking tells me lies, it makes me think the weight of the world chose me to bear it’s burden. I feel freer already and it’s been three days.
That said the voice is still there. Even now I look in my fridge and see my roommates beer and god do i want a drink. It doesn’t matter how much I know how happy I am when I’m sober, that voice wants me to be sick. Deep down I WANT to be sick.
Because wallowing is fucking easy. Self pity builds a palace in your head and tells you that you solely are god.
But god is my community, my friends, my collaborators, my family, and my art. I want so badly to worship that.
Sorry for rambling, thank you for always writing me nice shit on bad days.
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Anonymous asked: whats your opinion on vampire weekend and fall out boy? i had to ask this i dont think ive seen someone ask it but someone probably has
I think they’re both rad and made good records but both have really bad lyrics.
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Anonymous asked: Would it be okay to send you an art piece I did? I'm not really comfortable with making money off selling my art and would much rather give it to people who's influence is responsible for it's existence.
i’d love that!
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Anonymous asked: That ebay auction is getting up there! I think you'll be okay with time man.
yea i’m really surprised about that, i didn’t expect it to get to $50 let alone where it’s at now.
I once payed $100 for an out of print john frusciante album when i was in highschool.
i hope whoever wins the auction gets as much joy as I did having something so limited.
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Anonymous asked: how would you interpret songs like no way out, wrecked, and surviors guilt if you didn't write them but someone else had.
I don’t know because i haven’t really thought much about interpretation’s of lyrics in the past few years. I’m pretty sure i’d get the joke on “wrecked” though. it’s like the most ridiculous song i’ve written, the demo was like this goofy as hell honky tonk song where i tried to sing it like charlie daniels or something and it had lap steel and shit in it.
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Anonymous asked: you still make gross cocktails? any recent mixes you'd care to share?
Haha I haven’t in a long time.
I told you guys about the Duddy Mary right?
Bud Ice and Ketchup.
I’ve had it it’s fucking terrible.
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Anonymous asked: life's a beer, mat.
my ten years of bad health and worse mistakes would disagree!
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Anonymous asked: I think I'm gonna get "love and light, homie" tattooed on my forehead
I just lol’d
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