Guidance Counseling: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Published  March 2014

antigravity-march-2014_Page_06_Image_0003Perennial AG favorite and NYC dream-poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart return to New Orleans this month for the BUKU Music + Art Project (on Saturday, March 22nd). We couldn’t be more thrilled—and not just because we get hate mail every time we cover them (Seriously, what is wrong with you people? TPOBPAH are really nice people!). Their new album, Days of Abandon, is scheduled for release in late April. We caught up with singer and guitarist Kip Berman for a lightning round of advice. Whatcha say, Kip?


Is stealing from school unethical? What if it’s from a private university?
I only support intellectual theft.  Maybe “borrowing ” a ream of paper is okay. 

I love the person I’m dating but they won’t move to New Orleans to be with me. Should I break up with them?
What kind of person wouldn’t want to move to NEW ORLEANS to be with YOU? In the immortal words of Stephen Pastel, “Ditch the Fool.”

How do I choose a cool graffiti name?
I would suggest not using “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart” as that is way too long to tag without being caught in the act.

I’m a slob and my partner is an interior designer. Should I just throw out all my possessions and let them redesign me as a person?
That’s sort of what I’d do. I’d just want to keep my records, a guitar  and my Teenage Fanclub mug. But other than that, I don’t really have much stuff I’m attached to.

Why do white people keep thinking they can and must save the world?
I’m more into saving the whales.


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