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Devonté Hynes

California, Depravity, Bitterness, Bowling and The Key To Life(?)

So the last month (or so) I have been in Santa Barbara and L.A working hard on the new Solange Knowles record. You can read all about it and see pictures by visiting her blog. But yeah, It's been intense and amazing all at the same time. Locked away from the world in several retreats with ourselves (including my room mate and amazing drummer Chris Egan, and Vince from the band Midnight Juggernauts), wine, (other things) for support. After a two week break were I headed back home to Brooklyn (and completely lost my mind in possibly the strangest two weeks of my entire life... so much that I want to write about but I definitely just can't, I told a friend I'd write about it anonymously on their blog though, or maybe in minor detail below, whatever... look out for that, I guess!) We're finally into the second leg of this record.
So here I am in Houston, Texas.

Last week I had a series of frank conversations, mainly with my friend Karley (the wonderful Slutever) about the merits of pursuing someone of interest. She managed to draw the (not so subtle) conclusion that I am pretty messed up via my last relationship.
I told her that I see no point in pushing forward and chasing someone that I may have interest in. Because the absolute best case scenario of meeting the love of my life getting married, having kids, will inevitably end in either me, or them, dying.

She was so mortified, and if you've ever read Karley's blog you'll know it takes a lot to elicit such a response from her. I admit at the point of this conversation I was in a pretty dark place, and may have been somewhat under a certain influence. But to a much lesser extent I do mean it.
What I failed to realise is that obviously if and when you meet "the one" those thoughts will escape our mind, and the happiness of spending such time with this person will cloud your gullible skull.. definitely not phrased much better but you get the picture.

Another marathon conversation was had with Adam Green, on yet another night of bowling (I bowl pretty much every night, if you don't know where I am, check The Gutter or Brooklyn Bowl) wherein this conversation we did *drum roll* discover the key to life.
Now then, there are varying factors untoward this. Spiderwebs of ideas.
The basic? If you don't like someone? Don't act like you do. If you don't want to sleep with someone, Don't. If you do want to? Then do, or at least try, the worst that could happen would be you get turned down, which is exactly where you were before.
NOW I know this sounds simple and very much not like the key to life. There are other points raised such as Adam's "If you spend four nights in a row with a girl, you're pretty much in a relationship.. and have to decide upon this crossroad whether to carry on, or essentially, break up with this person." (Massively paraphrased)
As my friend Leah pointed out, she found it interesting that we centered our points of view upon social interaction, and not much else.
The thing is, I know I can speak for myself here, but after bowling a Turkey, what else is there?

Of course i'm looking at this as a jaded bitter soul. But there's nothing else I can do. Finally I'm at a point now where I can look at the last Lightspeed album and not want to throw up on it instantly. But the scar tissue is still there.
With the aid of spending long amounts of time in California and meeting some amazing people and bowling every second i'm back in New York, and singing Drake's Over loud from car windows whilst driving around Brooklyn. I've climbed out of the dark cave I fell into some months back. For a while I felt as if I was just walking on the edge and at any given moment I could fall inside or be pushed. But now I think i'm finally on safe ground.

To stay there I had to reach some pretty gnarly depravities (see another blog written anonymously)

The truth? I actually think it's better to have never loved at all than to have loved and lost. Just my opinion, a sad one. But how I feel. (This point of view literally changes every other hour.. for this hour.. I have thus fallen upon the negative.)

The turkey of life? Thanksgiving? Have you ever landed a train!?!?

I guess I should point out that I'm also about to play a group of pretty rare shows. I haven't played live in America under the Lightspeed guise in over two years. So on July 9th I'll be at Bowery Ballroom (New York) playing with Cass Mccombs.

Then from the 13th - 21st July I'll be supporting We Are Scientist on tour. Also, the opening band is my good friend Aaron Pfenning, playing under the name of Rewards. I'll be guitarist for him too. Eve on some dates where I'm not playing as Lightspeed. I seriously seriously SERIOUSLY do not know when I will tour again, so come out, say hello, hang e.t.c. Check the myspace for dates.

At the end of this month comes Field Day and Underage Festival. Again, I have zero plans to tour or play shows after that, jus' sayin'.

All this aside, I'm playing a Blood Orange show on the 14th August at Glasslands in Brooklyn with Nite Jewel. You can get tickets here.

Oh, did I mention I also have a new job?

I guess I'll see y'all soon?

Tags: bowling, california, key, life, mission, solange, to

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Christopher D G Ricketts Comment by Christopher D G Ricketts on July 2, 2010 at 4:38pm
Oh shit i can't make it too underage...

And my two favorite bands are playing.

Waiting for Blood Orange to gather momentum.
Hadrien Comment by Hadrien on July 2, 2010 at 7:54am
Again, I have zero plans to tour or play shows after that, jus' sayin'.... You mean lightspeed shows right? Because you said to me that you would tour as blood orange after the summer album release so i'm kinda confused :( Also i'm quite happy that you feel better even if i don't really know you... and about that ->"I actually think it's better to have never loved at all than to have loved and lost." Well... i think there's another case, when you do love but the person you love doesn't even care about that and i think it's even worse than the two other options... Anyway

Take care
darren Comment by darren on July 1, 2010 at 7:00pm
No West Coast dates? Waaaaahhhhh.....

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