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as soon as I went up to van last night he told me to sit with him and hang out after everyone else left- I couldnt be happier, being with him for so long and talking about everything felt just like the old shows!! he sang me songs from the new album and told me the tracklist and we were looking through pictures joking about how old he looks now compared to last year. we talked about literally everything there was to say and catch up on with each other, he is genuinely one of the kindest people and I’ll appreciate it always :)

a list of things that remind me of you:

turtleneck sweaters / violin cases / eating chocolate icing from the jar / the entire score of Wicked  / honeybees / hot chocolate / cinnamon / 7am / writing letters / checking the mailbox / checking the mailbox again / black ankle boots / minivans / bad parking jobs / gelato / the gaslight anthem / mumford and sons / anything played on the ukulele / custom lingerie / fake red roses / post-it notes / German / naughty schoolgirl contests / nuns / obscure indie music / Ohio / 9:30 Club / E.E. Cummings / Avatar: The Last Airbender / holding hands at the movies / flip phones / ordering chocolate milk at a restaurant / ferris wheels / 22 / drunk voicemails / Birdies Coffee Shop / honey spice rooibos tea / polka dots / pianos / pool tables / the way it feels when you ache and ache and ache and then sink to the bottom of the bathtub and for just a few minutes it doesn’t ache anymore
—  trista mateer

anonymous asked:

I also wonder if he chose places that he just wanted to play as a musician, that aren't generic, have great acoustics, etc. Even at the start 1D was never playing in these historical venues. It's super cool, and I think cool for him that he can support a tour with such small numbers.

Oh literally 100%. These are very very specific venues that are as close as he can get to a legit club tour. Like my life’s dream is any of them at 9:30 Club because it is, bar none, the best venue on planet earth (fight me). But he probably would’ve had to book 2-3 nights there. DAR is also amazing. 

DAR Constitution isn’t a full time music venue, so they’re weirdly special with who they book there. It’s just a very homey/indie/folk-y atmosphere. Acts that have been there in the last few years:

  • Head and the Heart
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Wilco
  • Glen Hansard
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Bob Dylan
  • Nick Cave
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • John Legend
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Jack Johnson
  • The Weeknd pre-commercialization aka in 2013

I’m having heart palpitations….

There are so many big things we’re confronting right now — oppression, injustice, marginalization, discrimination. At the core of that, before we can form a resistance, I wanted to talk about self-care. I suffer pretty heavily from depression and despair and it takes me a long time to get out of the cement of melancholy and despondency and I want you to remember, for those of you who suffer from depression, remember what it felt like out there today to feel people pressed up against you who have your back and to look people in the eyes. Take care of yourselves. We cannot have resistance without existence.
—  –Carrie Brownstein introducing “Jumpers” at the Women’s March on Washington afterparty at the 9:30 Club, 1/21/17
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Gwan - Rostam

“I’ve had experiences where my life will try to tell me something in a dream—and sometimes it’s something I’m not ready to hear, so I think maybe this song is about trying to listen to what your subconscious mind is trying to say to you.”

Rostam’s solo debut album is set to be released later this year. In the meantime, check out his tour dates below:

5/2/17 — Washington, DC - 9:30 Club 
5/3/17 — NYC - Bowery Ballroom 
5/6/17 — Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer 
5/7/17 — Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall 
5/8/17 — Boston, MA - The Sinclair 
6/12/17 — Los Angeles, CA The Masonic
6/14/17 — San Francisco, CA The Independent

ART BLANCHE: VEGA INTL. Night School

Designer Robert Beatty is known for having a bit of an old school style to his work, but while designing the art for Neon Indian’s upcoming album VEGA INTL. Night School (out 10/16), Robert found himself on an adventure back through time in a very different manner than he was used to.

“The Neon Indian [cover] was a pretty good example of not having any idea what it was going to be like [at the start],” explained Robert.

“I eventually talked to Alan (Palomo) on the phone a few times to see what he would have in mind, and he was all over the place,” Robert added. “[But] he had definite ideas that he knew he wanted to have.”

Those “definite ideas” were twofold: the cover was going to be a photograph, and that photograph was to feature a neon sign (that Robert would design) reading “Night School,” a phrase that Alan knew he wanted to incorporate into the album’s title.

"From there he would send me folders of reference images a few times a week – 15 or 20 images [at a time] that he was like ‘This is cool I like this…’ There’s just tons of stuff being thrown my way and so it’s my job to figure out what I could do to tie this thing together.”

“There were a lot of ‘80s post-modern design stuff, a lot of Memphis Milano – which is an Italian design firm from the ‘80s – and stuff like that. He had a lot of element from lyrics that he wanted to covey the vibe of… There was b-movie and VHS imagery that he was sending me.”

Robert’s art for Neon Indian’s single “Annie”

With these images as their inspiration, Robert, Alan, and photographer Luke Lanter began to develop the cover, each person bringing their own touch to the project. For Robert, this meant supplementing Alan’s suggestions with his own library of ideas and references.

“I am pretty obsessive… I have collections on my computer of all sorts of different images from different eras and types of things,” he said.

In particular, Robert’s interest in the Japanese “obi” strip manifested itself onto the cover of VEGA INTL. Night School – a fitting addition that feels in place with the album’s retro style.

“When records come out in Japan they have that strip with the additional info. [On this album it] says the name of the record and 'Neon Indian,’” Robert explained.

But in addition to the explanatory info, Robert’s obi strip features less concretely identifiable images and patterns that are meant to bring a sense of mystery to the artwork.

Robert’s art for Neon Indian’s single “Slumlord”

“I really like kind of corroded, pixelated, 8-bit stuff. Things that almost look like they are glitch-y but could be some sort of bar code, or QR code, or alien language. More than anything it was meant to evoke something that you can’t really place – something that you’ll have questions about and try to figure out,” he said. "We wanted it to be messy and confusing – something that was a little more out of left field. Maybe not really have everything so neatly tied up.”

“That’s always something I’m thinking about – I’m not worried about answers. I would like to have people see something that I’ve done and have more questions… I think that’s better than to have something that’s right off the bat very obvious. It’s always a challenge to convince people that is actually a way to go about it. But when it works, it works.”

-Dylan Singleton

See Neon Indian at the Club on October 13!