At the time, I loved writing for Spin online content, but the gig was becoming suffocating in the sense that corporate edits were bringing me down. Thanks to an employment encounter with Shawn Smith, Broken Dial became the perfect springboard for my ideas, and ultimately, to strengthen my craft. A clean slate, as it were, to write whatever the hell I wanted. It was quite liberating, and true freedom of the press. That was 2007, and here were are four years later, mourning the closure of its successor, Radio Exile.
A number of articles come to mind while reminiscing about the glory days. First and foremost was a review for a Magik Markers album whose name escapes me at the moment. Shawn in particular did not want to pick it apart. I found out the hard way why he delegated. It was horrible, and the only album I ranked as such during my tenure. Then there was an interview with the Hot Toddies which was very much enjoyable to organize and write up. That band is still kicking, churning some awesome girl-group music. Radio Exile also introduced me to Deer Tick, Band of Bees, and Miracle Fortress, all bands which still receive airtime in chez Perler. But my true labor of love while writing here was the Tuned In column in which I talked about songs being co-opted in television commercials. The nature of the feature kept me on my toes and helped discover some really cool music.
While I’ve since moved on to running my own website endeavor (www.boweryboogie.com), Radio Exile is still firmly in the back pocket. Those two years of writing and online experience served me well. Thanks are definitely in order for Shawn and the Inside Pulse crew. In the meantime, I’ll go pour one out for the old bag.
Ciao for now.