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.