Portland, Ore.-based Miles Kurosky is what old-time journalists used to call a “great quote.” He’s one of the few interview subjects you’ll find in the music biz these days who’s totally unafraid to step on a few toes to get his point across. And he’s got the musical chops to back up his shoot-from-the-hip posture. Kurosky’s previous band, Beulah, was a true California original, good enough to catch the ear of pop genius Robert Schneider of Apples In Stereo, who released the first Beulah album under the banner of the Elephant 6 collective. As is the case with other creative one-man shows (Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, for example) the transition from band to solo career is as simple as painting a new name on the office’s glass door. The Desert Of Shallow Effects (Majordomo) is every bit as exhilarating as anything Kurosky has ever cut. Kurosky will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him and more about Beulah.
Kurosky: Wallabees were designed by Lance Clark in 1965 and dubbed “the world’s first comfort shoe.” These quasi moccasins look like something Bud Cort would’ve worn in Harold And Maude. More recently, they’ve been spotted on the hooves of Oasis and Wes Anderson. Every two years for the past 14 years, I’ve bought a brand new pair of low-top suede Wallabees, size 11 in “sand.” I will probably continue this practice for the rest of my life. My wife says that if I was famous, they would be considered my signature shoe kinda like Tom Wolfe’s suits or Roy Orbison’s shades. However, she reminds me that I’m not famous and that they are just “the shoes you wear all the time.” This is only partially true, however. They were the shoes I wore all time. That is, until my wife decided to appropriate my kicks. Now, before I leave the house, I have to call her at work and ask if she’s wearing her Wallabees. Lord knows we can’t be one of those couples that wear the same outfit. That’s just perverse. In short, dear reader, I love my wife, but I gots to get my shoes back. Video after the jump.