When everything’s made to be broken I just want you to know who I am

What I pretend shaped my teenage years: Texas Is the Reason (and other bands like them. Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring; Jimmy Eat World actually had a great impact.) Whenever I hear them, I’m a college freshman again, (re)discovering them, wondering where they’ve been all this time. 

Texas Is the Reason recorded a brilliant daytrotter session in March.

What actually shaped my teenage years: The Goo Goo Dolls. Whenever I hear them, I feel like a teenage boy again, on smelly hot blacktop or in a backyard pool somewhere in New Jersey. 

I wonder why I haven’t seen the session before – and how long until I’ll hit that New Jersey tarmac again.