By Jacob Slater
Or, I Ate Charlie Manson’s Children: Still Dodging Potholes and Memories
Here’s another blast from the past: Way back in my college times, I used to write a regular column for my college radio’s website, by the name of Slater’s 11 (the title was meant to be ironic, but I’m afraid it did reach 11 total articles, unfortunately). I guess you could call them music reviews, because I did talk about albums and bands and such, but mainly I just used them to spout about whatever I was thinking about at the time, memories, misgivings and such and attempted to tie them together with whatever album I had chosen at the time. You could probably also tell where I was emotionally at the time of the writing, depending on if I actually made an attempt at actual criticism or not, the overall quality and length and etc.
By Jacob Slater
Or, I Wish I Was Pop Enough to Matter
I don’t have any film reviews ready, and after the last one I don’t know when I’ll start work on the next one. In the meantime, here’s some stupid crap I wrote for my college paper during my tenure at the college radio station. Aren’t you lucky?
In the debut episode, Tom and I listen to some music but mostly we talk about Katherine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, cheese fries, how to turn your man on, American Idol’s faults, R. Kelly’s trash not being taken out, Karen Gillan and Selfie, Louise Wener, Donald Glover’s feelings, Taylor Swift’s Saving Jane knock off, as well as musical observations!
R. Kelly – Real Talk
Saving Jane – Girl Next Door
Childish Gambino – III. Telegraph Ave. (“Oakland” by Lloyd)
Katherine McPhee – Some Boys
Junior Senor – Move Your Feet
Sleeper – Sale Of The Century
Mollyfog The Music – Episode #1: What They Eat…
Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you a first-class interview with a successful podcaster, talented hip-hop artist, and editor and co-owner of Partymonstas’ sister site, Tricycle Offense. My interview with B Hyphen (Not to be spelled “B-Hyphen” – that’s just redundant) has been a long time coming, and a lot has changed for him both personally and professionally since we decided to undertake this interview a little over a year ago.
As a musician, you rarely get to witness the progression of another musician’s project from start to finish. Hashing out the concept for the album, the track selection, and recording the tracks are all processes that usually occur behind the scenes. If you work with the artist directly you may be able to piece together what’s going on, but most of the time the journey will be traveled by the artist alone. I’m very fortunate as a part-time writer/part-time musician because I get to see the best of both worlds; I’m able to see the journey other artists go through so I can gain a greater appreciation of their art and struggle. Continue reading