Born and raised in a Midwest cultural wasteland in the early 1970s, Joseph Kyle came of age in the pathetic 1980s, his life being permanently changed in 1985 when he first saw Yellow Submarine on a rainy Sunday afternoon. He quickly learned that joining the speech team meant trips to big cities, using the state-provided per diems not for food, but for trips to the local record shops, purchasing wonderful magazines such as Reflex, Forced Exposure, Alternative Press, and, wa-ho, The Big Takeover. Jump to the 1990s and and our hero is now booking shows, working in record stores, putting together ‘zines, and being a lover of all things musical. In the 21st Century, our kid has written for Pitchfork Media, Under the Volcano, and Punk Planet, as well as heading up Mundane Sounds and Press Play, Record. After a brief retirement, he returned to documenting his love of music for the esteemed Dagger. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve you, dear BTO reader.
Mr. Kyle can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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