Track 6 from my monthly song series The Teenage Years. When I was 16, someone gave me a Dashboard Confessional mixtape and I decided to put down my electric guitar for a while. The first song I wrote was “Here Comes Morning,” an upbeat emo acoustic ode to confusion. Today in 2012, producers Johanna Fateman and JD Samson (both of MEN, Le Tigre, and more) have transformed my teenage sadness into a dance-worthy pop gem. Enjoy!
They will be joined in Asheville, NC, in July by opening acts JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) and Minneapolis’s feminist punk trio Kitten Forever. Guest DJs for the evening include drummer Lori Barbero from Babes in Toyland and Allison Wolfe of Bratmobile and Cold Cold Hearts. Special surprise guests TBA.
Ace Hotel + Bindle & Keep + dapperQ Present BEYOND MEASURE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
Special Guest Judges: JD Samson, Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapper Q
In celebration of New York Fashion Week 2015, Ace Hotel New York is partnering with bespoke clothiers Bindle & Keep, JD Samson, Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapperQ for Beyond Measure, an opportunity to honor three deserving nominees with the gift of a custom suit and dress shirt from Bindle & Keep, plus a night’s stay at Ace Hotel New York.
A bespoke suit is not just an article of clothing; it is a tool, a feeling, a hand-crafted self-portrait with leaf-turned edges. We want people to look the way they feel, confident, classic and teeming with self-love, so we’re asking our neighbors and friends from the community to nominate a special someone they think deserves a new suit — activists, social workers and rebels, those in the law and civil rights sector and those fighting the good fight for positive social change.
We’re accepting nominations until February 15 at 11:59pm EST. Visit acehotel.com/beyondmeasure to share their names, their loves, their heart’s work and the reason they need some fresh gear. You can include pictures, links, related press, inspired mixtapes, testimonials and other supporting ephemera if you like.
Submissions will be judged by JD Samson, Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapperQ. We’ll announce winners February 17, during New York Fashion Week.
This is open to NYC residents, or people who can easily travel to NYC.
JD Samson has written an excellent article for the Huffington Post!
I am so lucky that I have been able to create art and music and fulfill my passions through my job for the past 11 years. But I’m stupid enough to have put all my eggs in one basket. It is now the only thing I can do to make money. I’m 33 years old and I can’t make coffee. I don’t know how to use Excel, or bartend, or wait tables, and I’m officially too old to join the police force. I’ve lost the confidence to go back to school and feel stressed out about impending debt when I think about further education for even one second.
I have several jobs within the music industry as of now: bands, DJing, remixing and even writing music for other artists. I’m a workaholic and have my hands in a bunch of different places. But, all these jobs have unstable incomes. I don’t get a salary; I don’t know how much money I will make next month, next year or five years from now. I don’t have health insurance. And I live with the stress of not knowing, not planning and not understanding whether or not I will ever be able to reach my goals of having a family and feeling safe financially. When I say “safe,” I mean safe. I mean basics. I mean health insurance that is good enough for me to take care of myself, not just if I need a $10,000-dollar, life-threatening procedure. I mean dental care. I mean saving money in a retirement fund so that I can take care of myself when I’m 80 years old. Clearly, there is a difference between survival and luxury.
Like so many teenagers, I believed in the “American Dream,” that I could move to New York from the Midwest and become an artist. I would achieve both fame and success, and I would never have to think about money. The first half was true. I made art and lived activism, and I achieved amazing amounts of success that I feel incredibly proud of. The second half, not so much. I have been able to live well, eat well, invest in my arts and make my own schedule, but I forgot to save money and think about my future.