Author Archives: Sarah A. McCarty

Profiles and Processes

“A profile is not just a list of chronological events in an individual’s life. A profile seeks to capture the essence – the point – of the person being profiled, and that is done, often, through narrative.” –Amy Wallace Scrolling through my bookmarked pages today, I found this Nieman Storyboard interview with Amy Wallace that I meant […]

Art in Public and Private

“Fandom has always been this interplay between the public and private, between the self-conscious broadcasts of band t-shirts and the quiet, devotional headphone moments.” – Lindsay Zoladz Zoladz recently wrote a piece for Pitchfork on Judee Sill and digital memorials for celebrities. She goes on to say: “And whatever a ‘virtual cemetery experience’ is, Find […]

Haim rocks.

My latest article for Paste Magazines mPlayer on the L.A. band Haim. These girls were fun and hilarious in the interview. Here’s a snippet from the article: “When you’re 13 in L.A. it’s the best year in your life cause you get to go to a bar mitzvah or two every weekend and you go […]

Identity and Individualism in Music

“…music and identity are always, however uncomfortably for some, joined at the hip.”   – Jason King Jason King, music journalist and associate professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, recently participated in Slate’s Music Club 2012 series with several other critics to discuss the past year in pop music. His last […]

How to Build a Monoculture: Memes, Social Media and Shared Experiences

Somewhere, someone in this country still remains oblivious to the four ubiquitous songs from 2012—fun.’s “We Are Young,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Psy’s “Gangman Style”—but, everyone I know, and I’m guessing almost anyone who regularly visits YouTube, immediately recognizes these songs. They have topped Billboard […]

Songs I loved in 2012

I listened to a lot of music this year, but not as much as I wanted. Here is a list of songs I did hear and absolutely loved… and played over and over all year. (Also, because I was replaying these songs so much, there are a lot of great albums I haven’t devoted time […]

The problem with barriers

SHALLOW REWARDS // 19 THE HIDING from Shallow Rewards on Vimeo. I’ve been meaning to comment on this Chris Ott/Shallow Rewards video The Hiding for a while, but since starting a full-time job I struggle to find the time for the stuff I really love. Initially I wanted to write a more thought-out response and […]

Sky Ferreira: “I am not a brand”

“I played all of these CMJ shows and people are already ready to have their knives up. They’re like ‘oh she’s totally fake.’ As if automatically because I did pop music before, I’m fake. It took me the certain amount of time to get some attention or find the songs I wanted to be singing. […]

The Promise of the City

I love the city. In The Perks of Being Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky captured exactly how I feel whenever I see a city skyline, whether driving down Interstate 75 and Atlanta slowly comes into view or crossing a bridge as New York poses for a picture or descending down a hill in what feels like the […]

An Artist’s Commentary

I’ve been listening to The Origin of Love, the new Mika album, on Spotify (if I decide I really like it, I’ll buy the CD). But, what’s interesting is the bonus version that has commentary for all the tracks. At first, I was in love with this idea. One of the things that fascinates me […]