My San Francisco shows this week

I'm in SF. Get ready to pitch me on your app that I don't want to download! Here are shows I'm doing...

Wed: 8pm - Dark Room
Thu: 8pm - Doc's Lab, 9pm - Lost Weekend
Fri: 8pm - Doc's Lab
Sat: 8pm - Doc's Lab

Fri and Sat nights I'll be doing extended sets along with the very funny Andy Hendrickson. Tix for those shows available here.

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Jarvis Cocker on finding your voice and being specific

Interviews: Jarvis Cocker. He's the frontman from Pulp and a funny lyricist (e.g. he starts a song with "I am not Jesus though I have the same initials. I am the man who stays home and does the dishes.") Here he talks about finding your creative voice and the power of being specific.

I’ve never thought, “Oh, I’ve got to write songs about normal people or real life.” When people set out to write a song aimed at the common man—I mean, I don’t even believe that that person exists—that’s when you get really horrible, preachy, vague, waffly songs. I hate those songs. If you want to be a creative person, the big thing is to locate your own creative voice, which can be quite difficult. When I went to art college, I would read books about famous artists of years gone by and think, “Oh, well, if I went and lived in Marrakech and ate only oatmeal and bananas for a year, I’d become really artistic,” as if there’s some kind of recipe. But instead of looking off into the distance, try and concentrate on your immediate surroundings and you will find that you already have a unique take on the world. It’s just that you might not recognize it. The key to locating it is by being specific and writing about the details of situations, because a detail proves that you were actually there and lends authenticity to what you’re writing. And the weird thing is that, by being more specific, it opens things up and makes it universal.


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"Meet the Man That Gets Paid to Make Fun of Tech Startups"

"Meet the Man That Gets Paid to Make Fun of Tech Startups." Hey, that's me. It's an interview about Vooza, which the interviewer calls "some of the funniest lampoons of the tech and marketing industries I’ve ever seen."

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