The Observer Has a New Music Editor. You Should Say Hello.

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Our money's on Nelly's guys.
We were, for reasons obvious to readers of this blog, a bit depressed when music editor Audra Schroeder announced recently that she would retire as a music journalist and pursue writing about Things That Aren't Music. Today, though, a little shot of human-resources Prozac: We have a new music editor. And he's great.

His name is Kiernan Maletsky, and he's currently the music editor of our sister paper in St. Louis. A Colorado native and graduate of the University of Missouri, Kiernan co-founded a local music blog in Columbia before turning to a life of alt-weekly journalism. He freelanced (for former Observer music editor Pete Freedman) at the Colorado Springs Independent and at Denver's Westword before being named music editor of St. Louis' Riverfront Times in early 2011.

In St. Louis, Kiernan says, he was "once choke-held out of a venue by Nelly's security." But who hasn't been, really? More importantly, he steadily grew that web site's music readership with a daily dose of smart, local stories about the city's diverse and dynamic music scene.

I have no doubt he'll do the same here. I worked with Kiernan at Westword, where he proved himself to be a true musical omnivore, utterly free of cultural snobbery. He also works hard, is disturbingly nice, and has excellent penmanship with a Sharpie, which you will confirm independently when he invariably burns you a CD. It will take some time - and some help from the coworkers and freelancers he'll inherit - to get to know Dallas, its musicians, and its history. But before long it'll be like he was birthed by Rhett Miller in the greenroom of Trees. Or something.

Kiernan will arrive in Dallas in January, with his even-more-lovely girlfriend, and will introduce himself here properly then. In the meantime you can find him on Twitter and, if I know him, in the comments below.

Thanks for you patience.

Joe Tone, editor


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lucinda.breeding
lucinda.breeding

Welcome, Kiernan, from Little d, a music mag just a little north from y'all on Interstate 35E! We can refer you an awesome local music photographer should you need someone to shoot for you...

And if there is a double post from me, what can I say? I'm a techno-peasant!

Lucinda Breeding

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DOCensors
DOCensors

Good thing you mentioned his girlfriend. Else I might have thought this fruitdick was a twink.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

if you consider yourself forever grateful to Nelly's security then welcome.

GoodBAMMSho
GoodBAMMSho

Welcome to Dallas/Fort Worth Kiernan. Don't believe anything you've heard about us from outside of Texas! Hipsters do exsist in the Lonestar state and craft beer is a religion within some sects! Oh, the local music scene is pretty rad too!

-Mac

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commiebiker
commiebiker

hello Kiernan, I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you.  Is that a recent picture?  Are you old enough to drink?  If yes, I hope you can hold your liqueur better than Pete

Rob Michaud
Rob Michaud

"a true musical omnivore, utterly free of cultural snobbery" - that phrase makes me very happy.

Kiernan_Maletsky
Kiernan_Maletsky

@GoodBAMMSho Joe wasn't kidding -- hipsters, hicks and whatever else, I'm into it. I've even been known to drink a domestic on occasion. Looking forward to meeting you. 

Kiernan_Maletsky
Kiernan_Maletsky

@commiebiker Likewise! I am, in fact, old enough to drink (just a really solid exfoliation regimen, I guess). And I suspect we will soon find out exactly how Pete and I comparatively hold our liquor. 

Kiernan_Maletsky
Kiernan_Maletsky

@ChrisYu @Kiernan_Maletsky Well, you have to remember, this is in St. Louis. So he veers pretty heavily toward Country Grammar when he plays here and mercifully far away from 5.0 (which was his last full-length, and yes, I had to look that up to make sure). 

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