You’ve stumbled across the archives for music writer Justin F. Farrar. Though this site doesn’t contain all my published work, it does feature most of the feature articles, essays, interviews, record reviews and show previews published in the last five years or so. I’m constantly adding new pieces, as well as digging up older stuff from them ye olde ’90s.
I started writing about music back in the fall of 1993. Then a freshman at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, I wrote my first article on the “great used CD debate” for the school newspaper, The Western Herald. Unlike a lot of modern music writers, I’m not a hyper-literate post-grad; nor am I well-versed in post-modern theory and critical studies. I’m simply a hardcore record nerd and vinyl collector who thought writing about music sounded like a great way to waste a life.
I currently live with my wife Mehgan and our cat Mac in Asheville, North Carolina, a cool little town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’ve also lived in Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Cleveland.
Here’s a list of just some of the alternative weeklies, newspapers, magazines, zines and websites I’ve written for since my college days:
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East Bay Express (Oakland/Berkeley)
Galactic Zoo Dossier
Miami New Times
Minneapolis/St. Paul City Paper[/column]
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OC Weekly (Orange County, California)
Rhapsody’s The Mix
SF Weekly (San Francisco)
Scene magazine (Cleveland)
Sound Collector Audio Review
Village Voice (New York)