“I’m not making or releasing music with the label I founded to satisfy expectations or play into ideas of hype, I am doing it for people who are mentally ill, who are queer, who are who are young and living in an awful small town and need a connection with music, for disenfranchised and marginalized people who have been in similar situations to me where music was able to help me though it and ultimately inspire me to start something like Foxes in Fiction or Orchid Tapes. If one person at an institution-as-website doesn’t get that, that’s fine.”
— warren reminds us of his intentions and inspirations for foxes in fiction & orchid tapes, reaffirms all of my love for his music & label. 

i’m just disappointed because there are a lot of writers & editors out there who understand the beauty of this music & it would be great for those voices to be given such a massive platform instead. if contextualized correctly and listened to deeply, this is the sort of project that can really impact someone hugely. what a waste of space to publish something that so visibly “misses the point.”  (via lizpelly)

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Anonymous asked:

Thoughts on pitchfork review?

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foxesinfiction:

It really hurt to read if I can be totally honest. it came at the end of what was the worst date on our tour where some of the craziest things happened; finding out a family member had been in a head-on car collision, someone in our van having a mental breakdown, the show in Austin getting cancelled due to weather, Owen Pallett’s drummer throwing out his back and having to sit the show out. Some of these things are far worse than others and I feel like a piece of shit for talking about in the same breath as music criticism but reading it after all those things came up yesterday made it feel a lot more devastating that it should have.

I don’t know, I am fairly unguarded with a lot of things like this and it really bummed me out to see him talk about something I put my whole self into for three years in such a disparaging way that invoked things like disparate levels of class, especially when my friends like Owen and the Orchid Tapes families are negatively implicated in a lot of what’s said there.

Ultimately I will try and pay it no mind, because I don’t expect a straight-white-dude critic at Pitchfork who is, above all else, notorious for being a mean-spirited writer to understand what I’m trying to do with my music, especially when I know so many other people do. I will try and turn it into an exercise of considering, but ultimately emotionally distancing myself from the effects of both criticism and praise alike. I feel like it is an all-or-nothing game with this sort of thing, and I think as both a label-operator and as someone who makes music, this is important.

I’m starting to think that Orchid Tapes / Foxes in Fiction isn’t something that I should continue trying to fit into an arena like Pitchfork. We’ve been having a lot of conversations on this tour about music writing and about what is considered objectively good in the minds of writers at places like Pitchfork, and I’m starting to see how that criteria sometimes disfavors people who are outsiders, or queers, or women or who are mentally ill; things we have tried to be inclusive about with Orchid Tapes forever. We’ve done so well because of smaller press and our amazing supporters, and I feel like maybe I tried to take too many steps forward with Ontario Gothic because I believe in it so much and am so in love with all my friend’s work on it. I’ve been thinking about this sort of stuff and how it implicates our release for a while, and I think it may be the time to do some thinking / decision-making and take a step back for the sake of maintaining what is important about the label.

The review opens with “At no point during Ontario Gothic does it sound like an album that would be subject to outside expectations, let alone hype.” and closes with “That speaks to the appeal of Orchid Tapes in the first place, a collective that stands to snag the interest of anyone invested in the concepts of “punk”, “indie”, “scene”, and “DIY””. Both of these statements miss the aim and intention of Foxes in Fiction & Orchid Tapes so grandly that the rest of the review kind of loses power on me. I’m not making or releasing music with the label I founded to satisfy expectations or play into ideas of hype, I am doing it for people who are mentally ill, who are queer, who are who are young and living in an awful small town and need a connection with music, for disenfranchised and marginalized people who have been in similar situations to me where music was able to help me though it and ultimately inspire me to start something like Foxes in Fiction or Orchid Tapes. If one person at an institution-as-website doesn’t get that, that’s fine.

Foxes in Fiction and Orchid Tapes are a huge inspiration for me. This man’s music, dedication, aesthetic, and ideas motivate me constantly to continue what I am doing.

Warren, you are not alone. We support you completely, what you are doing is real. You inspire people every day and what you do is completely worthwhile. Thank you for going on tour, thank you for making that record. You have added to the canon a sound that people like me can identify with.

Don’t let the people of Pitchfork discourage you. They themselves, though influential, are ultimately a voice appealing to a crowd. Let them appeal to that crowd, let them appease who they must. You do something that is inherently punk, you support the voice of the minority. That fucking rules.

You rule, fuck everything else.

And now time is my time time is my own
And I feel so alive yet feel so alone

im-elbie:

To exist, to dream. Both such valuable and treasured things we can obtain and yet we take them for granted.

thelittletrees:

I want to kiss you the way a tire kisses the pavement.

Shed a piece of myself every time we meet.

Sweetly.

Violently.

Inevitably.

Again, and again, and again.

I hope that I will have the patience and the courage to grow a beard this awesome this winter. Already got the hair cut going.

I hope that I will have the patience and the courage to grow a beard this awesome this winter. Already got the hair cut going.

(via juturnna)

Stop whatever you are doing and listen to this. Now.

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stillmank asked:

Final Fantasy Release Party feat. a set by Heavy Sigh. We'll set up a huge projector and people will take turns playing while you guys bring down the house.

A

terrible-kite:

this is all i’ve ever really wanted

(cosplay heavily encouraged)

It’s happening.

sextuplet:

       Sad, contemplative, brilliant and cool, Kind of Blue would become Miles’ masterpiece and set the bar so high for jazz musicians that it made Miles more than just a jazz trumpeter; now he was legend. Up to this point Miles kept a smooth profile, outfitted himself in tailored suits and cutting a suave figure with close-cropped hair, his intense gaze and ubiquitous cigarette. But when the 60’s began Miles’ style would rapidly transform, starting with sunglasses that never came off, outlandish outfits that borrowed from the Haight-Ashbury and Paris fashion scenes, a carefully maintained Afro and the nerve to cruise Manhattan in his yellow Ferrari, often being pulled over by white cops who doubted a black man could own such a car without having done something illegal.

Style Icons: Miles Davis - Kind of Cool

(via scentofloniceras)

“If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve.”
— Philip Wylie

westayedinthewater:

for-everest:

brokenworldmedia:

Told Slant (solo) and For Everest are doing a lil weekender next week. Go check them out.

9.25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Sharkweek
w/ Fun Home - facebook event

9.26 - Newark, NJ @ Index Art Center 
w/ Bible Gun, New Jersey Fun Squad - facebook event 

9.27 - Uniondale, NY @ Dong Island
w/ Gottem - facebook event

9.28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House

HEY WSUP WE’RE ON TOUR THIS TIME NEXT WEEK

looking forward to being back in sheetz country :’)

I helped book the show in Newark!!!!! YAY

(via thisistheband)

stillmank:

hey, I worked all day on this demo. I hope you guys like it.

Exactly a week ago I posted a demo for my spoken word project. So far the responses have been pretty good. Thank you so much for your support guys. Demo 2 is shaping up to be pretty interesting. I’m trying to channel my inner Aesop Rock for the new one. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Selling my bass equipment and xbox one. Gonna miss the good times we had. :(

chokeartistmusic:

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” 

― Terence McKenna (1946-2000)

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R.I.P. that bong in peace buddy.

#brainfood