Best Of 2012, Guest Editors: Kevn Kinney On Garbage Picking

As 2012 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Kevn Kinney‘s music has always been lurking in the cobwebbed corners of your mind, even if you weren’t aware of it. After making the big move from Milwaukee to Atlanta back in the ’80s, he happened to be close to Athens, Ga., the birthplace of R.E.M., when that band was really catching fire. He caught the always-open ear of Peter Buck, who produced some material by Kinney’s band, Drivin N Cryin, which would latch onto a support slot for an R.E.M. tour. Fast forward to the new millennium, and Kinney has moved to Brooklyn, where he’s cut a fine solo record, A Good Country Mile, with Anton Fier and the Golden Palominos. The new disc somehow manages to fit Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Van Morrison under the same tiny leopard-skin pill-box hat. Kinney will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Kinney: I am proud to say … I am a garbage picker from way back … Who can
measure the delight on a young boy’s face when he first found a stack of
old western comic books or Playboy magazines in the alley on his way
home from school?
I found a box light once with naked ladies on it but when you turned the
light you could see through all the articles on the other side …
To this day my heart races when I find a lamp or a table on the side of the
street, in disbelief … how could someone throw that in
the street? I guess music is kind of like that …
And thanks to this new TV typewriter generation,
I find great bands, otherwise discarded but now revived …

Video after the jump.