//Only Noise

Every Thursday, ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack.

ONLY NOISE: DJing is My Meditation

The author blisses out on the decks: Dolce Vita at The Lash in Los Angeles, 2018. Photo courtesy Liz Ohanesian ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian struggles to focus and live in the moment - until she [...]

By |2019-07-10T08:07:25-04:00July 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: “Pale Blue Eyes” Reminds Me of a Friend I Had But Couldn’t Keep

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Taylor Ysteboe tries to reconcile platonic versus romantic love through Lou Reed, whose lyrics spoke to her when her own words failed. Her name was Alexandra, and I thought she was the weirdest person [...]

By |2019-06-24T17:33:06-04:00July 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: How Britney Spears Became My GenderQueer Muse

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Jason Scott embraces zir genderqueer identity with a little help from pop icon Britney Spears. Britney Spears’ ...Baby One More Time turned 20 years old in January (talk about a punch in the gut [...]

By |2019-06-24T15:58:49-04:00June 27th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Real(istic) Love

  ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Erin Lyndal Martin shares a selection of songs that jar her out of a sardonic mindset when it comes to romance. There’s nothing wrong with sugary love songs. But I don’t trust them [...]

By |2019-05-27T16:04:31-04:00May 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Audioslave’s ‘Doesn’t Remind Me’ is my Sobriety Anthem

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Tawny Lara navigates sobriety with a reminder from a musician who lost his battle with addiction. May 18th marks two years since the world lost Chris Cornell. The frontman for Soundgarden, Temple of the [...]

By |2019-05-16T13:10:11-04:00May 16th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: I Was “Too Old” to Love One Direction, But Fellow Fans Became My Best Buds

When Hedy Phillips met fellow 1D fans in their twenties, they became her support system outside the fandom, too. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Hedy Phillips finds her people beyond the parameters of a boyband's assumed target [...]

By |2019-05-09T09:47:58-04:00May 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Seven Songs That Help Me Navigate Depression and Anxiety

Soccer Mommy's "Your Dog" reminds the author that everyone deserves respect, even on their darkest days. Photo by Daniel Topete ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Lauren Rearick compiles a playlist of songs she's leaned on to cope [...]

By |2019-04-05T17:19:39-04:00May 2nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Music Fuels My Postpartum Self-Care

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Tracy reconnects to her former self via the music she loved before she became a mom. In the tiny basement gym in my parents' apartment building, I gingerly stepped on the elliptical machine. [...]

By |2019-04-05T16:07:51-04:00April 25th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Living With Ghosts of the Korean Family I Never Knew

Patty Griffin. Photo by Michael Wilson. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Juli Fraga taps into her unresolved grief with help from Patty Griffin's 1996 LP Living With Ghosts.  As a Korean adoptee who was raised in the [...]

By |2019-04-02T15:02:31-04:00April 18th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: How PUP – and Punk Rock – Changed My Relationship with Physical Intimacy

PUP photo by Vanessa Heins. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Sophia Vaccaro finds empowerment and personal autonomy in the mosh pit, with PUP providing the punk rock release. The mosh pit at a PUP show helped Sophia [...]

By |2019-04-09T17:17:27-04:00April 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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