Cold Splinters + Aquarium Drunkard

After months of emailing, I finally met Justin Gage in Austin, Texas, while sneaking him and his wife, Melissa, into a show at the FADER Fort. I was/am a huge fan of Aquarium Drunkard because, let’s be honest, it’s the best music website that the Internet has. The Internets was made so sites like Aquarium Drunkard could exist. At the time, I was still working in music, and while I can’t remember the exact moment that Justin and I decided that we liked each other, I’m sure it started around one of the many times I would apologize for emailing him about whatever crap band I was being paid to email him about. That was almost four years ago.

Since then, Justin and I have stayed friends, seeing each other when we’re down in Austin and getting together whenever he visits the East Coast. A few years ago, Justin stayed with my girlfriend and I for a night in the Chinatown closet we called home, where he so willingly woke us up by finding my Europe ’72 vinyl and blasting “Ramble On Rose.” If that’s not the best damn alarm clock in the world, then I don’t know what is.

Several weeks ago, Mr. Gage and I were talking about his wife’s cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, a place her father built with his own two hands. After the conversation, he emailed and asked if I would contribute to his mixtape series on that wonderful SIRIUS show that he does. I calmly said “YES,” put together a few songs that I’ve posted on Cold Splinters and a few songs that I haven’t, went on over to the SIRIUS offices in midtown Manhattan and sat in a booth making fun of myself and this website while recording the transitions for the show. “This is Jeff from Cold Splinters, a camping website you’ve never read and probably never will, and you just heard Paul McCartney’s ‘Big Barn Bed.’”

It’ll be on this Friday, but the tracks can be downloaded on AD this very instant.

Thanks Justin. You’re the goddamn best.

MP3: The Monkees – As We Go Along

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7 Responses to Cold Splinters + Aquarium Drunkard

  1. matt April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Nice roundup man…

    But I’d still give it all away to see my Sally Goodin.

  2. amy April 21, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Thanks for helping me rediscover Bonnie Raitt’s “Bluebird” – hadn’t heard it in a while and it’s perfect for this bluebird day in Wyoming!

  3. MonkBerryMoonDelight April 21, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    New to Cold Splinters from AD. Great website. Only wish you had included Lowell George and Goose Creek Symphony on the mixtape.

  4. Satisfied75 April 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    A pleasure, Jeff. Now I just gotta get you to visit us on the west coast this summer.

  5. uymf April 22, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    just gotta say i definitely dig cold splinters and love the AD on sirius xmu. hell, i even bought a copy of desert solitaire last week. thoroughly enjoyin’ it to the max. keep up the good work!

  6. heidi April 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    yes! listening to it right now. also love that the picture was taken on the deck at the lake house

  7. carbomb April 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    What a handsome blog affair.

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