Somebody Likes It Ep 15 – Air Miami: “Me Me Me” | One of Us

Somebody Likes It Ep 15 – Air Miami: “Me Me Me”

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Air Miami! Before Kevin brought this one up it had long ago been pushed to the sidelines in my brain. I love/hate it when we bring up stuff that directly puts us in a musical paradigm. I just feel as though music (if it’s worth a goddamn) isn’t the sole provenance of the young… There are 12 year olds out there wearing The Smiths and The Doors shirts; 12 year olds that still have crushes on Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra. But there are bands that are so of their era that, while they were making great music, are so of their moment that they completely date anyone referencing them (Velocity Girl anyone?).

Air Miami is one of those. I had never listened to their fey/twee, simple yet gorgeous songs. They paved the way for the (in my opinion) much better fey/twee songwriting of Belle and Sebastian/The Cardigans/The Shins… but they, in an “only could have happened in the 1990s” way, combined a convergence of irony and syrupy that made complete sense at the time.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.