Said the Guests: Ariel Kitch
by Sean
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Ariel Kitch wrote to us. Sometimes people write and they seem like they're writing from across an enormous divide, that they're so far away that they can't even see what we look like, what the hell we're doing. Ariel - she had a pair of binoculars. She held up some of her drawings and Dan, Jordan and I peered through our telescope (we have just the one), and what we saw in those lines and curls was in a lot of ways a manifestation of just the stuff we find ourselves up to. Finding pictures for music, the right ones, even if it means lying a little bit. Ariel is gifted, insightful and gentle with her pen. She tells the rightest stories. We couldn't be more happy to be sharing with you her interpretation of a favourite song - and we hope to work some more with her in the future. Please leave her your comments below! - Sean

Astronautalis - "Short Term Memory Loss".

Artwork by Ariel Kitch

[Ariel Kitch works in radio and lives in Washington, D.C. You can write to her at ariel [dot] kitch [at] gmail [dot] com.]

(Previous guest-blogs: artist Aaron Sewards, artist Corinne Chaufour, "Jean Baudrillard", artist Danny Zabbal, artist Irina Troitskaya, artist Eleanor Meredith, artist Keith Greiman, artist Matthew Feyld, The Weakerthans, Parenthetical Girls, artist Daria Tessler, Clem Snide, Marcello Carlin, Beirut, Jonathan Lethem, Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Al Kratina, Eugene Mirman, artist Dave Bailey, Agent Simple, artist Keith Andrew Shore, Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), artist Kit Malo with Alden Penner (The Unicorns) 1 2, artist Rachell Sumpter, artist Katy Horan 1 2, David Barclay (The Diskettes), artist Drew Heffron, Carl Wilson, artist Tim Moore, Michael Nau (Page France), Devin Davis, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Hello Saferide, Damon Krukowski (Damon & Naomi), Brian Michael Roff, Howard Bilerman (producer: Silver Mt. Zion, Arcade Fire, etc.). There are many more to come.)

Posted by Sean at May 13, 2008 10:43 AM

Creepy and beautiful. Just perfect.

Posted by Jen at May 13, 2008 11:39 AM

It's beautiful, and it fits the track so, so well.

Posted by Philana at May 13, 2008 7:44 PM

very good song.
great story.
stunningly beautiful art.


Posted by rgsc at May 13, 2008 9:33 PM

really just perfect

Posted by camille at May 14, 2008 1:24 AM

Is that Victoria's crystal pool?

Posted by Danica at May 14, 2008 1:26 AM

This song is so beautiful. It makes me imagine a fitting video. It's very creepy. I feel like Xena. Hell. I love this song.

Posted by Mice Apparatus at May 14, 2008 1:00 PM

Bang Up artwork! Yippee Ki-yay miss Kitch! It complements the music entirely. I'm gonna go run around my cube a few times to burn off my excitement.

Posted by Kevin at May 14, 2008 3:05 PM

Lovely! :)

Posted by Steven at May 14, 2008 5:32 PM

beautiful :)

love astronautalis. got them on my ipod :)
also in adverts in the uk haha

Posted by junkliberty at May 16, 2008 8:36 AM

omg, wow.
i live in washington and these are brilliant.
and they are nso much more personal feeling for me
because i ride the metro almost everday and i know those exact spots in glen echo, wow.

Posted by Eliza at May 20, 2008 6:20 PM

i was actually going to say the same as the person above -- i live in dc as well and i went to camp in glen echo when i was seven. beautiful. those orange metro seats really resonate, hah.

Posted by sofia at May 21, 2008 3:23 PM

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