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Hi. It's just me, Lara (the 'we' is singularly inclusive). I thought I'd start this week talking a bit about awesome things like impromptu street jams and hot pants, and non-awesome things like Ryan Adams quitting music (which is old news but still totally funny-sad!).
Team Genius in the streets of Brooklyn
Brooklyn blog Hooves on the Turf recently filmed the kids of Team Genius being all silly and adorable.
Credit: Sarahana @ Hooves on Turf
Clubhouse Jäger (Minneapolis, MN) / DJ Hot Pants / HOMG! (OMG, hot pants!)
Hot Pants is a collective of DJs that spin under the single moniker. I recently learned that real DJs never choose their own name, they earn it (HOMG!). How do you suppose the DJs Hot Pants earned their name? Did they fight for it? Maybe they engaged in some sort of musical rumble (much like the dance-off in “West Side Story”)? My sincere guess is that ‘hot pants’ relates to the style of music they spin—groovy, bootylicious, makes-a-girl-wanna-pull-on-a-pair-of-short-shorts-and-shake-it music—but I could be wrong and it could have involved some serious ownage.
Ryan Adams blogs about being misunderstood in music, then quits music
I wish I read celebrity blogs. Celebrities are people too, but better people, and they have sadness just like you and me! Recently, I discovered via Stereogum, that Ryan Adams blogged about his decision to stop making music (and to stop blogging) and then later went back and deleted the blog. Fortunately, the Internet preserves everything, and thanks to Stereogum, you can read about Adams’s soul searching/destroying here.
Back already? I know. It’s long and (mostly) uninteresting. Here are the highlights:
“i won't be blogging here anymore either- but not for effect- it just is not being kind to myself- i need a life that is mine- i need to grow up and grow in to who i have subtly been working back towards since i stopped all that nonsense and i know also no matter what i choose to do in the music world, because i chose to do things my way and never lie i will always be viewed as an "asshole" ( i hear and have seen things in the past) and i am not, and i know the truth and i know who i am.”
“…no it is not monetarily as rewarding as people would like you to believe and yes, it is soul destroying. especially when you spend your life trying to write about the really difficult stuff and you stand there losing your way and people yell at you like you were in a circus. when it was your dream to matter and you realize one day, it never mattered- i mean, i am a punch-line and a footnote in what is worse to yell at someone besides "free-bird". i mean, i lost…”
Honestly, I feel for the guy. It must be hard when even the career eulogy he wrote for himself is accidentally amusing. But then you wonder why is it amusing? Because it’s Ryan “Worse than ‘Free Bird’” Adams? Or because he publicly declared his retirement by writing a very, very long blog about it (with no capitalization and minimal punctuation, which basically screams “I’m too depressed for grammar”)? Call me a softie, but I’m going with the latter.