Everyist Blogcast: Let’s Call This Song Exactly What it Is (with guest Billy Roche)

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What does it mean to be an expat?¬†Like, I know what it means in the traditional sense of the word– you’re a stranger in a foreign land, taking residence in unfamiliar soil– I get that. I am that. But what happens when you stay past the honeymoon period— when the thrill of the tourist gives way to¬†the soft focus of mundanity and you suddenly find you’ve planted yourself so thoroughly in this new life that you’re effectively a stranger to your roots? It’s an odd feeling, man, not quite belonging to either place, stuck as a forever-in-betweener, so enamored with your new digs that you’re content to feel a bit like an exiled phantasm that keeps gliding back and forth between planes of existence. And when you manage to bump into someone in a similar¬†situation, you immediately gravitate towards that person– “ah! Another willful deportee! Let’s be friends!”. That’s the best explanation I have for why still, after over a decade of living in Argentina, my social circle here consists of about 30% foreigners.

Billy Roche is one of those¬†people. We met each other a couple years ago and immediately hit it off, bonding over our shared love of music and the extremely odd experience of setting up camp in Buenos Aires for such a ridiculously long amount of time (he’s actually been here about 3 years longer than me, which I think technically falls under the legal definition of mental insanity). For the longest time we’ve been talking about getting together and recording a conversation, and we finally got to do so last week. I had to do my best to overcome my hangups¬†about trying to play radio host next to someone who’s actually been one (radio DJ is one of the several hats Billy has worn in his life), but he made it really easy to feel¬†at ease. I guess that’s part of what a radio broadcaster does– maybe one day I’ll get to make other people feel at ease instead of anxious and exasperated.

In this podcast we play some tunes Billy selected, and we discuss subjects such as growing up in a multicultural environment, what makes a great bassline, and why reggae’s recently-acquired reputation as music for drunken frat-bros is kind of missing the point of what was originally meant to be vibrant, subversive, politically-minded protest music.

Click here to listen to our chat:

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Billy’s playlist:
James Brown-
“The Payback”
Bob Marley- “Lively Up Yourself”
Aretha Franklin- “Rocksteady”
Jeff Buckley- “Last Goodbye”
Everlast- “Children’s Story”
Rage Against the Machine- “Killing in the Name Of”

Click here to subscribe on iTunes¬†because that’s a thing you’re able to do now apparently.

All kinds of stuff coming soon. Literally all kinds. Every possible kind.

Everyist Blogcast: Click Yourself to Death

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Someone’s papering all of Buenos Aires with Jim Carrey stickers. It started with this one, on a lamp-post right around the corner of where I live. I was taking an afternoon stroll through the neighborhood when I was confronted with Jim Carrey’s dead-eyed visage. Oh that’s cool!, I thought.¬†How whimsical.¬†Soon enough I started seeing more of these terrifying photos pop up all over the city; on bus stops, mailboxes, street corners. There’s no accompanying text. No explanation. Just Jim Carrey’s toothy grin, and those eyes. Oh God, those eyes.

I’m dusting off the cobwebs of my blogcasting¬†shoes to bring you the inaugural 2016 edition of this bloated, misshapen approximation of a podcast. Yes, it took five months for this to happen. It’s embarrassing. But things are looking up. A new post schedule is coming soon– one that will be sustainable and fun and won’t result in my crashing and burning in a big bad way– and so this is a kind of celebration.

On a completely unrelated note, I should probably also¬†mention that a sort of extension of this blog has been up and running for several months over here, where I tackle a new Elvis Costello song every week with my¬†friend and collaborator Kevin Davis. I’d been meaning to tell you, I just… I just didn’t know how.

The tunes have been selected and arranged for maximum listenability, with no particular criteria beyond “these are some songs I’ve been into lately”. I keep my talking to a minimum, but I do chime in every few songs to remind you that I exist. The announce at the start, middle and end is the great Jake Glazier, the official voice of the¬†internet. ¬†Click the embedded player below to be taken on a journey, of sight and sound, of exasperated¬†sighs and impatient groans. Do it.


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Below is the full tracklist for this episode. Please be sure to give these featured artists some love. They deserve it. Except maybe Billy Corgan, he’s kind of a raging douche.

TWIABP&IANLATD– “Rage Against the Dying of the Light”
Rice Cultivation Society– “Cait Sith’s Megaphone”
Car Seat Headrest– “Something Soon”
The Smashing Pumpkins– “The Boy”
Violenta Josefina– “Febrero”
Aye Nako– “In Sickness Pt.1”
Washer– “Pet Rock vs. Healing Crystal”
Chiendent– “Stethoscope”
Micachu and the Shapes– “Lips”
tUnE-yArDs– “Left Behind”
Heron Oblivion– “Oriar”
Miguel– “Coffee”
Agustin Donati– “Como Chicos”
Dragonette– “OK Dolore”
Field Music– “Disappointed”
The Mornings– “Mad Cheergirl”
Boom Boom Kid– “Del Absoluto Vacio Surge Este Capricho”
The Shaker Hymn– “Waters of Sweet Change”
Eisley– “The Valley”
Titus Andronicus– “No Future Part IV: No Future Triumphant”

Be well. And whatever happens, don’t let Jim Carrey¬†in. He’ll feast on your anxieties, and your gallbladder.

Everyist Blogcast: I Just Wanna Hear Girls Sing

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Hello. It’s been forever. How are you? Great.

It’s December! The¬†magical time of year when music journalists everywhere put on their thinking caps and start making “Best Albums of the Year” lists. As¬†I was trudging through the process of putting together my own, I came to the realization that a big majority of the 2015 albums I loved feature female vocalists, either as solo acts or as part of a band. I decided I’d put together a playlist made up entirely of female vocalists. At first, I thought I’d keep it strictly to 2015 releases, but more and more I found spaces where older songs fit perfectly, like puzzle pieces. Despite a few touches of hardcore and a couple experimental pieces, I stuck mostly with crowd-pleasing rock and pop of recent-ish vintage.

So, with the acknowledgement that gender is a social construct that limits and oppresses all of us, that’s what you’ll hear in this installment of the increasingly sporadic podcast portion of the site. A man finally¬†shutting up long enough to let women do the talking (well, except for the rambling intro, and the few occasions in which I pop in, say a thing, and sulk back into silence– but I assure you these are few. Promise).

Listen below:


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Here’s the tracklist, with links to each band’s website (or bandcamp, or soundcloud, or really whatever comes up first when you do a quick Google search in a hasty¬†attempt to put this post together). Be sure to seek out and support them. They’re awesome.

There was so much I wanted to put here. I had to stop myself at 30 tracks. Music is the best.

Waxahatchee– “Under a Rock”
Laura Stevenson– “Jellyfish”
Grimes– “Flesh Without Blood”
Red Aunts– “Poison Steak”
Hop Along– “The Knock”
Colleen Green– “Some People”
Mynabirds– “Semantics”
Sleater-Kinney– “One More Hour”
Julien Baker– “Everybody Does”
Tiger Trap– “Puzzle Pieces”
Broadcast– “Pendulum”
Joanna Gruesome– “Secret Surprise”
Worriers– “Cruel Optimist”
CHVRCHES– “Playing Dead”
Natalia Lafourcade– “Mi Lugar Favorito”
cvntpvnt– “Clear Cut”
Janelle Mon√°e– “We Were Rock & Roll”
Life Without Buildings– “Let’s Get Out”
Slutface– “Shave My Head”
Julia Holter– “Sea Calls Me Home”
eskimeaux– “A Hug Too Long”
The Want Ads– “Deja Vu”
Speedy Ortiz– “Fun”
The Muffs– “Weird Boy Next Door”
Jesca Hoop– “Intelligentactile 101”
Tegan and Sara– “Shudder to Think”
Jenny Hval– “Sabbath”
Screaming Females– “Ripe”
Santigold– “I’m a Lady”
Girlpool– “Cut Your Bangs”

Everyist Blogcast: A Third-World Laguna Beach (with guest Cristina Farah)

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Another installment of the podcast portion of the site finds me in my old stomping ground, and oh boy do I stomp. I have a complicated relationship with Barranquilla. It’s a city that I’m not sure I would ever visit were it not for the several wonderful humans who somehow choose to live in it. But every time I’m back, I find myself surprised at how much I’m enjoying it. This particular trip was ostensibly¬†to attend a family wedding, but the fact that I’m choosing to stay¬†for a few weeks instead of bolting immediately after the nuptials¬†tells me that I like it here much more than I’ll admit.

An added bonus? My sister Cristina flew in from New York to hang out with us for a few days. And since we’re so seldom in the same place at the same time, we decided to sit down with a few beers and have ourselves a little podcast. We discussed our upbringing, the pressures of coming of age in this barren tundra, and the horrific traffic accident that nearly cost her¬†her life a few years ago. She also told several embarrassing stories from my childhood and teenage years, including some that I came very close to cutting out of this podcast because goddamn are they cringey.

I asked Cristina to come up with a list of tunes to play on the podcast. Here’s the tracklist for this episode:

Chet Faker-¬†“I’m Into You”
The Weakerthans-¬†“Reconstruction Site”
The Cure-¬†“Cut Here”
The Avett Brothers-¬†“The Perfect Space”
Alt-J-¬†“Breezeblocks”
Coal-¬†“Stay”

Listen to our conversation by clicking on the embedded player below.

Everyist Blogcast: It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore

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One of my favorite things about birthdays is the amount of ridiculous childhood pictures that my grandmotherРwho is an avid internet user and way more active on social media than I amРalways sends me. Like the above. Standing next to my sister at some playground in Bogotá, draped in denim and sporting an oversized PEACE SYMBOL around my neck. This might be the most 90s picture of me ever taken. And I love it.

It was my birthday this weekend. It’s not anymore. Twenty-seven was a weird year. I’m glad I didn’t succumb to the rock star clich√©, but of course that would require me to be a rock star first– and as of right now, I am only one in the eyes of my mother. In celebration,¬†I decided to put together a podcast with some of the tracks I’ve been digging for the last couple of weeks– some loud, some quiet. Mostly loud. It’s really good. But don’t take my word for it. Listen.


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Here’s the tracklist, with links to each artist.¬†Please be sure to support them, they’re all awesome. Except for Cherubs, whom I’ve never met but somehow seem like a bunch of jerks. Just a hunch.

Hop Along– “Waitress”
Good Shade– “Not Bad”
Split Feet– “It Broke Once”
Split the Money– “First to Scream”
Kishi Bashi– “Philosophize in It! Chemicalize With It!”
Kendrick Lamar– “How Much a Dollar Cost”
Lyla Foy– “Impossible”
Waxahatchee– “Air”
The Dismemberment Plan– “Superpowers”
Glasser– “Mirrorage”
Love is All– “Bigger Bolder”
Little Bastard– “Be My Kind”
Night Terrors of 1927– “When You Were Mine”
Garbage– “Tell Me Where it Hurts”
Echodrone– “Falling from Planes”
Liturgy– “Veins of God”
Beech Creeps– “Times Be Short”
Malev da Shinobi– “Fading Flaws”
The Mountain Goats– “Legend of Chavo Guerrero”
Cherubs– “Crashing the Ride”
Inventions– “Springworlds”
A Metropolitan Guide– “Treetops”

Everyist Blogcast: Barranquilla Dreaming (with guest Jorge Bedoya)

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Hi! Happy New Year! Yes, it’s pretty much mid-February already, but we haven’t seen each other in so long. What’s going on? You look good. Let us dedicate 2015 to becoming a less-terrible version of ourselves.

I spent the last few months traversing the American continent, spending an inordinate amount of time in airports and finding new and exciting ways to get drunk. My travels took me to many adventures, several of which I will post about in upcoming weeks! No, I really will. Promise.

The tail-end of my trip was spent in my hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia, where I stop by every year to recharge and brace myself for the inevitably devastating shock of daily life after weeks of international hedonism (… yeah, okay, that might be overstating a bit, shh). As has become a tradition, I sat down with one of my very best and oldest friends (oldest as in time spent together, not as in age– although he is getting up there), Mr. Jorge Bedoya.

Mr. Bedoya and I spent a good hour-and-change talking about the perils of Barranquilla hipsterdom, the drastically different levels of energy between his two Golden Retrievers, the wickedness of penguins, and the similarities between our hometown and the city of New Orleans. As per usual, this conversation took place over several glasses of whiskey, so our palaver gets progressively more slurred and less coherent.

Last time around, he gave me a list of songs to feature. This time we collaborated on the song selection, picking three songs each. Here’s the playlist:

The Color Fred- “If I Surrender”
Orange Gold Red- “Wayward”
The Cars- “Just What I Needed”
Archers of Loaf- “Harnessed in Slums”
Babyshambles- “Penguins”
Diana Krall- “I’m Not in Love”

You can listen to this conversation– and the accompanying tunes, which are nothing to scoff at– by clicking the embedded player below.


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Oh, and psst! As mentioned, this episode features a song by Orange Gold Red. If you dig it as much as we did, be sure to hit up their Soundcloud here.
Also, this is the penguin¬†gif we reference. Isn’t it adorable? It’s totally adorable.

Everyist Blogcast: The Return of the Rease (with guest Rease Kirchner)

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Here’s a picture of me and Rease from all the way back in 2011, when we went to see LCD Soundsystem at a nightclub in Palermo. This photo is pretty blurry, and we’re getting ruthlessly photobombed by the nose-picking stranger behind us. Rease and I have a lot of photos together, but somehow they’re all varying degrees of terrible. You¬†could probably make that into some metaphor for our friendship, but I’m not gonna.

Rease joins me on the podcast for the second time, making her the first-ever returning guest! (Well, not exactly; I recorded a second podcast with my friend Aly, but for reasons we discuss in the first few minutes of this pod, it turned out near-unlistenable and is due for a re-recording. Sorry Aly!). This episode is also remarkable in that it was recorded live from Miami, right next to the ocean. Because clearly podcasting and the ocean go hand-in-hand.

We discuss our trip to Miami, our visit to Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Rease’s ranking of male creepiness, and other such minutiae. Somehow we also find the time to play some music! Here’s the playlist to this episode:

Tilly and the Wall-
“Heavy Mood”
Mar√≠a Pien- “El Sapo”
LCD Soundsystem- “Get Innocuous”
The Smashing Pumpkins- “Mayonaise”
Sufjan Stevens-¬†“Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day?
(Well You Deserved It)”
Bomb the Music Industry!- “Struggler”

Hear me and Rease shoot the shit next to the beach by clicking the embedded player below:


Download link: https://jorgefarah.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/the-return-of-rease.mp3