Publik / Private 2017 Reading List

I used to think I was good at writing introductions. Now as the years go by, including this one, I cannot announce that I doubt my choices, cadence and intuition when it comes to my writing, but after writing so many introductions, so many lead sentences, so many year-end pieces, I find it important to reflect on exactly what it is I mean to say…every single day.

Some say to become a better writer, you need to read. I agree with that and more times that not, I like to read more than I write. Reading helps me form my thoughts. Books help me expand my theories and learn about history. They help me speak with vigor and knowledge on topics I’m called to lecture on…but more importantly, they help me slow down.

When I read I can escape the fast paced culture of American urban living. I can take time and head to a library or a bookstore and not have to talk. I don’t have to answer and retort, I don’t have to smile or become angry due to an engaging conversation. I don’t have to explain myself. Continue reading

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P/P Column: The Book Tour Diaries – #1 The Night Before the West Coast

By: Jordannah Elizabeth

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February 15, 2016

It took about 5 seconds for me to remember today’s date. My body crashed around 5 pm after having a long conversation about historical and systemic racism and sexism in America in comparison to my personal life and the global experience (that I have only read about)… and my book, which was the point of the interview but went by the wayside in the interest of broad life affirming topics. I woke up a few minutes ago. My body is still tired, my mind cloudy, I work too much and all I’ve been hoping to do is find time to write.   Continue reading

P / P Q&A: Author and Poet Cecilia Corrigan

Written By: Skyler Warren
Forward and Edited By: Jordannah Elizabeth

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“In this epic love poem, the human narrator falls in love with a chatbot and, throughout the book, tries to figure out if the other can truly love the narrator back. The narrator goes from feeling vulnerable to making the leap into virtual reality to spend time with their loved one.”

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Cecilia Corrigan is an accomplished New York City based writer and poet who has a new published collection of poems called, Titanic. After a prestigeous stint working as a writer for HBO, Corrigan now focuses on her published work that reflects her fascination and interpretation of the world through her creative perceptions.

We’re always interested in learning about and from writers and artists who maintain innovative and post modern ideas about how our social and cultural world presents itself to us. It gives us a chance to see a new angle on art that we may not have seen without learning of another creative professional’s unique experience.

Technology is a focal point in popular culture and Celicia’s her new book. We had a chat with her to get a better understanding of why she and her readers are so connected with television, popular culture and the idea that can one can have a love affair with their computer: Continue reading

Publik / Private Interview + Mixtape #11.11: Joel Gion

Mixtape Curated By: Joel Gion
Written By: Jordannah Elizabeth
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 Photo by: Raynie Alexandria Vratari 
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PUBLIK / PRIVATE MIXTAPE #11.11 ~ JOEL GION MIXTAPE

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We have so many years on this Earth and only have one life to live. I am glad that in my during lifetime I can say I have interviewed Joel Gion. Gion can be considered the sweetheart of the now prolific, internationally adored rock and roll band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre.  He’s been the loving saving grace, the purveyor of astoundingly timed, humorous one liners and a cherry blossomed persona that could sooth any fan from the panic of star struck nervousness. I remember in my younger years, he walked passed me at a show in some city (I’ve seen BJM a number of times, never in the same town), and I quietly said “I love you, Joel.” out of pure innocence and admiration, and he turned around before he walked backstage and blew me a kiss. Continue reading

P / P Introspective: Blogs I Live By

Written By: Jordannah Elizabeth

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I’ve been a blogger since I was about 11 years old. Long before Friendster, Myspace and Facebook emerged; the internet was a secret hiding place for intelligent introverted (young, nerdy) writers and graphic designers to express themselves without the drama or disdain of the outside world…or trolls.

Reading and writing are activities that sculpted my identity as a child, and they continue to morph and mold my personality and lifestyle as an adult. I was not a great student. I was moody and strange and very quiet. My parents were divorced and although I had brothers and a circle of friends, I have always experienced a loneliness that only words could heal. I scribbled in notebooks and journals, writing short stories, poems and songs by hand, but when I discovered the internet in 1997, I became completely enamored and wanted to know everything about it.

I learned how to create an email account, and designed “do it yourself, java and template based websites on webspace providers like GeoCities, Tripod and Angelfire. As I got older, I taught myself HTML and my mother bought me domain names so I could own, design and write my own “webjournals”. I cracked codes to Photoshop 5.5 and Paint Shop Pro 7, and built and designed my own web-world in the midst of the pioneering internet nerds that are probably currently making a living, being just that. Continue reading

P / P Interview: Gregg Foreman of Cat Power

Interview By: Jordannah Elizabeth

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I met Gregg Foreman at a Pink Mountaintops show a couple of months back in San Francisco, CA. Of course, I’d been hearing his name for years as we have a number of mutual friends and acquaintances. After the show, I said my goodbyes to everyone and Gregg was very kind and sweet nurtured. Because of his kindness, I thought it would be nice to learn more about his history, and to share it with all of you.

Gregg is an underground legend. He contributes his unique sound to a plethora of your favorite post modern psych, shoegaze and alternative bands. He shouldn’t only be a household name to musicians and promoters who have lived in L.A. (I am one of them), and international shoegaze and psych connoisseurs. His influence should touch the lives of anyone who has a taste and desire for great music and true rock and roll composition.

Foreman is best known for his work with Cat Power, which should genuinely answer any of your questions in regards to his relevance in contemporary music history, but again, take some time to learn a bit more about him. I was personally convinced to learn more because of his big brown eyes, but that probably won’t win everyone over. Continue reading

P / P Interview: Kirpatrick Thomas of Spindrift

Written By: Jordannah Elizabeth

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Kirpatrick Thomas is an original member of the brilliant desert psych western band, Spindrift. If you’re into the explosively popular underground neo psych genre that stretches across every continent on the planet, particularly North America and Western Europe, you’ve heard of Spindrift.

I asked Kirpatrick Thomas about his perspective on being an underground rock hero, his career, which includes a massive publishing deal and his relationship with up and coming bands. He was open, endearing and humorous. We’re always excited to talk to our favorite musicians! Check out what he had to say: Continue reading

PUBLIK PRIVATE MIXTAPE #9.09 ~ GREGG FOREMAN MIXTAPE

Curated & Commentary By: Gregg Foreman

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So, this is the best day ever. This is the best day because Gregg Foreman, the music director of Cat Power and an original member of The Delta 72, has curated the 9th Publik / Private mixtape. We’re not going to waste time pondering how we got so lucky, so without further ado, check out some of Gregg’s favorite music. He also shared a bit of commentary about the songs he chose. Feel free to indulge:

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P / P Album Review: Pink Mountaintops – Get Back + Q&A with Stephen McBean

Written By: Giovan Alonzi

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As a goof, or jest, or in some sort of lampooning of something conventional—you, me, a “rock band,” a “main musical project”—Pink Mountaintops (often considered Stephen McBean’s side project next to Black Mountain) has not failed to, yet again, crank out a work of indulgence. Not indulgent like Dragon Force, or a math rock band, or that “noise band you’ve always wanted to destroy music with.” No, Pink Mountaintops’ indulgence lands inside something giant and wet and poppy. Take, for instance, the melting croon that opens, Sixteen:

As the people stood around and stared / we were racing passed the walls / outside the bars of innocence / we could steal it all Continue reading

P / P Album Review: The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation

Written By: Jordannah Elizabeth

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“Third Wave Anton Newcombe.”

It’s difficult to begin this review because I don’t want to be overzealous. I don’t want to blurt out that this is probably the best album Anton Newcombe has ever written. I’ve spent so many years fighting with my editors on the tiniest morsels of semantics and nuances of the full portrait of Newcombe’s work, and at the same time, I’ve been holding my breath through the “Post Brian Jonestown Massacre Era” waiting for Newcombe to wake up from his jet setting haze of manic soundscapes, and to return to the heart of the matter, and back to the root of the deepest layers of BJM’s artistic statement. The “Post Brian Jonestown Massacre Era” is a collection of the band’s work spanning from 2008’s My Bloody Underground to 2010’s Who Killed Sgt. Pepper and 2012’s Aufheben. Continue reading