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Monday, July 16, 2007

Re: Former Stranger Editor to Head Up PI Arts & Culture Coverage

posted by on July 16 at 1:08 AM

Maybe this is why the PI is hot for a former Stranger editor.

From a recent Harvard U. study:

The results were especially grim for newspapers. Only 16 percent of the young adults surveyed aged 18 to 30 said that they read a newspaper every day and 9 percent of teenagers said that they did. That compared with 35 percent of adults over 30. Furthermore, despite the popular belief that young people are flocking to the Internet, the survey found that teenagers and young adults were twice as likely to get daily news from television than from the Web.

Speaking of which: I was out at a bar Friday after work, and I was laughing about this time 100 years ago when, desperate for a writing gig, I convinced the editors of a now long-gone music magazine called Cake that their aspirations of being an anti-establishment, “alternative” rag were undermined by the fact that they weren’t covering heavy metal. I argued that metal was the real music of the people, and that it was being ignored by both the mainstream music press and the so-called alt press. They bought it (I didn’t know shit about metal), and they handed me a regular gig.

Anyway, as I was telling this story, a woman sitting at a nearby table, exclaimed: “You wrote for Cake!?!” She had read it as a teenager. She told me she had been hired to start up a new magazine here in town, and she wanted to base it on Cake. She wanted to know if I had any old copies so she could see it again.

She wrote down her name and business number, and told me I should get in touch if I could dig up any old copies for her.

Her business phone? The Seattle PI.

I did find some of those old (bad) mags. Here’s some crazy garbage I wrote in Cake issue #20 about a band called Kyuss:

“They combined Sonic Youth montage with Black Sabbath molten lava that sparkled like a black light poster and fit like a well-worn Jimi Hendrix T-shirt. Now, Kyuss are back with the exact same mix: thick LSD guitars, tarantula buzz rhythm, while frontman John Garcia sings as if he’s playing the lead in a 1971 production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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If she offers you a job that pays more,take it.

Posted by okay.......... | July 16, 2007 2:15 AM

oh man... kyuss on the slog
you just made my day

Posted by ruby doe | July 16, 2007 7:15 AM

oh man... kyuss on the slog
that just made my day

Posted by ruby doe | July 16, 2007 7:17 AM

oh man... kyuss on the slog

that just made my day

Posted by ruby doe | July 16, 2007 7:18 AM

oh man... kyuss on the slog

that just made my day

Posted by ruby doe | July 16, 2007 7:18 AM

I think your thoughts on Metal are right on. The same thing can be said for the Stranger -que no? I recall only one metal piece about Slayer in the Stranger years ago- it was about the bands' dedicated fans and it was quite good. For the most part the S's music section covers mopey white guy music-not that there is anything wrong with that- but other than mocking metal, like Grandy's recent hilarious post about Black metal poses- the Stranger never writes reviews about metal. I havent read anything about bands like Mostadon or Lacuna Coil or any other decent metal bands. Same can be said for your coverage of Rap, though you do a great job covering Hip Hop and Mizell's colum is off da hook, very little is written about rap-the music of the black under class. Im not trying to start anything, just an observation.

Posted by SeMe | July 16, 2007 7:35 AM

I sparkle like a black light poster too, if you tickle me.

Posted by Fnarf | July 16, 2007 8:21 AM

Josh, it is almost startling to see how much your writing has degraded over the years. That piece from Cake is almost comprehensible.

Posted by StrangerDanger | July 16, 2007 9:34 AM

StrangerDanger @8,
It's amazing how much your value system has degraded over the years. I've heard you left public service for real estate development.

Posted by The Real LeBron James | July 16, 2007 9:39 AM

I saw kyuss once open for Ween at the Whiskey in LA. Those guys went on to become Queens of the stone age. har har har. Butt rock never dies.

Posted by opus | July 16, 2007 9:51 AM

-- Kyuss now on ipod.

Posted by Aaro)))n Edge | July 16, 2007 10:01 AM

Matt F*ckin' Hickey is convinced that this is their Craigslist ad for contributors:

Posted by Callie | July 16, 2007 10:46 AM

Are you sure the person you met works at the P-I? There are other businesses with the same 448 phone number as the P-I ... and some home phone numbers as well. Just curious ...

Posted by Prospero | July 16, 2007 12:20 PM

Why was this posted on Sunday and now on Monday?

It was boring the first time you posted it.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 16, 2007 12:46 PM

Awwww, the Stranger "married up."

Posted by Indoor Plumbin | July 16, 2007 1:05 PM

John Feet: When you quote yourself, do stand in front of a big globe in your stately drawing room just like Commander McBragg?

Posted by Do you have a big 'stache, too? | July 16, 2007 1:10 PM

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