NAME: James Thompson Young Jr.
MARKET AREA(S): Jersey City, NJ via Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China via Boston, MA
Venue for a show: Bowery Ballroom (sorry, Middle East)
Show you’ve seen recently (or ever): Gogol Bordello at The Roxy during the 2005 Gypsy Festival
Music store: eMusic
Current website: NOTCOT
Book: All time fav is Jack Kerouac but lately I’ve been reading stuff by Eggers, Foer (and wife Krauss), Joyce, Danielewski, Dumas and a bunch of other stuff.
Television show: Twin Peaks, Assy McGee, Globetrekker
Cable network: Discovery Channel
DVD/Movie: Amelie or Motorcycle Diaries
Item of clothing: black American Apparel hoodie
Street Syndicate Campaign you’ve been a part of: Intonation Festival
How long have you been a Synner?
Started as a Synner in Boston pretty much when the company started in March ’01. Got the office job in January ’04.
How did you find out about becoming a Synner?
A friend that worked at my school’s radio station passed along a flyer.
What did you study in school?
Major in Organizational Communications with a Minor in Sociology.
What are your interests / professions outside of school and Synner work?
I like to read a lot, volunteer, drink/socialize and I’m about to take a class at NYU on meditation.
You’re no doubt into a lot of different types of music, but what are 2 different sounds you’re most attracted to right now and why?
I’ve been trying to branch out from the indie rock sound that I’m consistently exposed to. I LOVED the Beirut Record last year so I’ve started to look into Balkan music. Basically, I’m looking for something that has the same heart-felt feel that the Beirut stuff does. If you know of anything (aside from Devotchka) please fill me in.
I’ve also begun digging into jazz a bit. I saw a band with a killer jazz drummer a couple weeks ago that had a bit of that manic sound so I’m looking for more. Think Bill-Pullman-from-Lost-Highway manic.
If you took a road trip cross-country with only 3 CDs, which would they be and why?
There’s no way that I could totally commit to a list like this but I’ll give it a shot anyway:
1) Beirut – Gulag Orkestar (I’d probably make a burn and sneak the Lon Gisland EP on there, too.)
2) Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
3) Weezer – Blue Record
You have the ability to blend 2 or 3 movies together to currently describe your life. What movies and why?
1) Motorcycle Diaries – I like the idea of seeing more of the world and, hopefully, being moved by it.
2) Desperado – Cause although it parallels my life in no way, I think Antonio Banderas is totally bad ass in it.
3) Insomnia – I didn’t particularly like the movie but I seem to just be plain bad at sleeping.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Why would you recommend students to get involved with The Street Syndicate?
It’s what you make of it. If you show us you’re driven and want to get more out of this than a paycheck and some free CDs, then the people here are going to go out of their way to make sure you do. They’re good like that.
Anything else you’d like to add about anything at all to everyone and anyone reading this?
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” ~ Jack Kerouac