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what I’ve been up to… BASEBALL

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So… I haven’t been on here in weeks and it’s lame, I know. The main reason is I’ve been totally swamped with a daily Billboard.com feature that took its toll on my free time and occasionally, my sanity. I set out to find a band/musician who is a fan of each MLB team (there’s 30) to talk about their team in a preview of the 2014 season. I got through 18 of them. Might do a couple more if any leads come through in the waning days of April (Ben Gibbard PLEASE talk to me about the Seattle Mariners). Below, is my beloved Jimmy Eat World with my favorite team, the currently very shitty, in-need-of-complete-rebuilding Arizona Diamondbacks. At any rate, here are all of them:

Previously in this series:
Dropkick Murphys Talk Boston Red Sox
Hold Steady & Baseball Project Talk Minnesota Twins
Jimmy Eat World Talk Arizona Diamondbacks
Yo La Tengo & So So Glos Talk New York Mets
New Found Glory Talks Miami Marlins
Asher Roth Talks Philadelphia Phillies
Asher Roth and the Baseball Project Talk San Francisco Giants
Joan Jett Talks Baltimore Orioles
Pete Wentz & The Mountain Goats Talk Chicago Cubs
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Talks Atlanta Braves
David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals
City and Colour Talks Toronto Blue Jays
The Get Up Kids Talk Kansas City Royals
Thrice Talks Los Angeles Angels
Switchfoot Talks San Diego Padres
Gaslight Anthem Talks New York Yankees
Kings of Leon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers
The Baseball Project’s Steve Wynn Talks Los Angeles Dodgers

Wrote about FKA twigs’ show last night in NYC

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FKA Twigs Dazzles New York on First U.S. Tour

FKA twigs is finally ready for the stage. Last night the R&B experimentalist emerged from her lair of mystery to mesmerize a small audience at a converted West Village strip club. It was a night of nervous starts, uncharted territory and warped, cavernous R&B songs with more dance moves than discernible lyrics. But when it was over, the newcomer had reached the end of her first North American tour with burgeoning confidence….

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gruger:

The most #SXSW thing ever: dude charging his phone on the same powerstrip the band has their instruments plugged into

gruger:

The most #SXSW thing ever: dude charging his phone on the same powerstrip the band has their instruments plugged into

Parahoy! Day 4: Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory Wrap Cruise’s Maiden Voyage

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Here it is... my 4-day diary of the pleasantly-angst ridden Parahoy! extravaganza. This link is for day 4, but all of it is in there.

1 month ago
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Lorde & Ellie Goulding

Lorde & Ellie Goulding

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flamebroiler:

when you order regular fries and you get a few curly fries

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(via ruinedchildhood)

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Pop Punk’s Not Dead. Me interviewing New Found Glory (Chad + Jordan) onboard the Parahoy! cruise. What a trip. I’ll post more from this tomorrow. 

Pop Punk’s Not Dead. Me interviewing New Found Glory (Chad + Jordan) onboard the Parahoy! cruise. What a trip. I’ll post more from this tomorrow. 

so meta bruh

Old homie on the plane next to me saw me reading Questlove’s “Mo Meta Blues” today and on the spot asked me what “meta” means. Best I could do was “something that’s self-referential.” Hmm. Some things I’m better at defining by just giving a bunch of examples. 

Here’s that Wiz story I did the interview for last week

Wiz Khalifa Talks ‘Blacc Hollywood’ & Hanging with Miley Cyrus: Watch

If you ever wanted to know which members of the Cyrus family smoke weed…

'The Smiths' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

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Looked back on some Morrissey today for Billboard.

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