Celebrating One Whole Year of Freelancing

I don’t remember the date I went solo, but it was around this week last year, so we’ll consider today my first anniversary as a freelancer. This, dear reader, is a big deal.

Freelancing is difficult. It might be more difficult when you make the decision to work on your own in a split second, in the middle of the worst economy our generation has seen, with no planning, and no savings, behind you. At the time, though, it was the best option. I had looked through employment boards and the listings for my field had run dry. The last thing I was going to do was take another job that was beneath my education and experience level. If I was going to have to struggle to make ends meet– and, judging from what I saw, that would have been the case– I might as well do it on my own terms.

I wouldn’t say this year has been a runaway success, but, it’s progress. In the past year, I’ve had the chance to work with people I really like on projects I loved. I got to DJ again, something that I had desperately missed while I was holed up in an office uploading slideshows and writing Facebook status updates. Thanks to everyone (you know who you are) who helped with jobs and moral support. In hindsight, this whole freelance thing is going a lot better than I thought it was. I’m certain, though, that the next 12 months will be far more awesome.

Tonight, I’m going to celebrate this milestone the best way I can. I’ll be spinning my favorite records at Underground, at the Grand Star in Chinatown, sometime between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Please feel free to stop by and say hi. If you want to go, you can RSVP either on the Underground website or on the club’s Facebook page. An RSVP gets you and one guest in for free before 10 p.m. or $5 thereafter.

I <3 Synthpop at Club Underground on Friday Night

The Normal “Warm Leatherette” 7″. Bought this at Vinyl Fetish back when I first started collecting records.

This Friday, we’ll be dropping everything from The Normal to Hot Chip for our I <3 Synthpop party. Facebook users, you can RSVP here.

My sets are typically pretty synth heavy (after all, I did DJ at a synthpop party called Satellite back in the late 1990s), so I don’t think it will be that different from usual. However, I do plan on bringing some special cuts, like “Warm Leatherette.”


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Top 5 Beatique Posts 9/23/12-9/29/12

12″ singles for Siouxsie and the Banshees’ cover of “Dear Prudence” and Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch’s cover of “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” (Photo: Liz O.)

In case you’re interested, here are the Top 5 stories on Beatique this week.

1. “Five Beginner Tips for Record Shopping”

I wrote this for a few friends of mine who want to start record collecting, but the advice resonated with other readers too.

2. “Debbie Gibson Albums Are Going for How Much in Japan?”

Wall Street Journal reported that some records go for a lot more in Japan than they do in the U.S. I was intrigued. So were you.

3. “Club Advice I Don’t Follow: Mind Your Shoes”

A heartfelt story of broken shoes and almost broken dance floor dreams.

4. “KXLU Fundrazor 2012 Starts on Friday”

College radio is awesome, but it can’t function without your support.

5. “Welcome to My Music Blog, Where Hipster Rules Apply”

The title should be self-explanatory.

 

Welcome to My Music Blog, Where Hipster Rules Apply

I’ve had this website for months now, but could never figure out what I was going to do with it. I guess, I knew that it would be sort of music-based when my boyfriend said, “Hey, why don’t you call it Beatique?” Music, though, can take a lot of twists and turns and I wasn’t sure where this could go.

I’m not an incredibly self-assured person, but I am confident that my taste in music is awesome. Unfortunately, though, it’s become obvious that the artists I want to cover are a hard sell. On top of that, I have no interest in covering the abominations that comprise the bulk of the U.S. Top 40, nor do I ever want to cover faux pop music scandals. So, I’m just going to post all that stuff here. If you like it, great. If not, then don’t read it.

That said, Beatique is now a music blog and hipster rules totally apply. Vinyl releases always get preferential treatment. Also, if I post about an artist who later becomes popular, I reserve every right to brag about this fact for years, both in person and on the blog.

Here’s one more tidbit for you. I won’t be posting traditional reviews. Truth is, I detest writing album reviews and I’ve done enough of those to last me two lifetimes. Don’t ask me to review your album, single, mix tape, etc. It’s not going to happen. I will, however, write about both recorded and live music in other ways.  Enjoy.

Anime Expo Karaoke Is Back and, This Time, I’m a Judge

Anime Expo 2012 is this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I’ll be there all four days interviewing people and stuff, but, on Friday, I’ll be doing something a little different. I’ll be judging the preliminary round of Anime Expo’s Karaoke Contest.

My friend Tommy Pedrini, of the fantastic band Cats on Mars, asked me to judge. He thinks I have a good ear or something. That might be true. One thing that I know for a fact, though, is that anyone reading this can probably sing better than I can.

The karaoke contest takes place in room 511 and starts at 4 p.m. I’ll be there through the preliminary round, which will end around 7 p.m. The rules are available AX’s site. Online signups are closed, but there will be a few slots available for people who want to enter at the convention. Good luck and I hope to see you there.

This Week’s Reading: AM2, Black Dynamite, May’n

From AM2 (Photo: Liz O.)

Wherein we recap everything that’s gone on this week.

AM2, Southern California’s kind of free anime convention, took place last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. I am loath to drive to Orange County (Traffic on a Saturday morning? Really?), but I am also a sucker for anime conventions, so I went. It was, overall, a good time. I hung out for a bit with Ejen from Cosplay in America and we caught an impromptu PLUR session in the lobby, complete with hula hoops and a cameo appearance from Stewie Griffin. (Check out Ejen’s AM2 video for more on that.)  I sat in on the Putumayo Q/A session as well as Ani.me’s panel. I spent most of my time in the exhibit hall, which was documented in the Monday installment of my Cult Stars column, “Top 5 Things You’ll Find in an Anime Convention Exhibit Hall as Seen at AM2.” There’s more from AM2 that I haven’t posted yet, so stay tuned.
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This Week’s Published Work: 6/04/12-6/08/12

I wish I had time to play my Game Boy.

 

When I started this blog, it was intended to be an actual thing with updates, regular ones, and such. Instead, I got caught up in other stuff, so I had to step away for a while. But, there’s always time to come back to my own blog, right?

A lot of stuff has happened in the past few weeks. I went to San Francisco. That was fun. There are photos that I’ve been meaning to post, but haven’t yet. Maybe that will happen. I DJed at Ming & Ping and Nvr-Ndr’s show at the Grand Star, but I forgot to write down the set list. No biggie, you’ve probably heard me play those songs somewhere else before that night.

More importantly, there were a lot of stories that were published. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track, so here are a few from the past week.
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Reading Material: My First Hi-Fructose Story + Adventure Time, Eagleheart and Julia Vickerman

Hi-Fructose #23 spotted at Meltdown Comics (Instagram photo: Liz O.)

The latest issue of Hi-Fructose is on the stands and I’m really excited to tell you that I have a story in it. I interviewed João Ruas, an amazing artist from Brazil whose work you might recognize from the covers of Fables. I’ve been a fan of Hi-Fructose for a long time and this is my first ever story for the magazine, so please pick up a copy. (I don’t think it’s available online.) I took a peek at the new issue at Meltdown yesterday and it’s gorgeous. I love the layout and artwork accompanying the Ruas interview. Seriously, go get a copy.

But, there’s more.
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