The Insider: Elliot Aronow
Elliot Aronow would like you to know that he is not new to the rodeo. He just learned that phrase this week. “Bossypants Mutherf*ckin’ Aronow” runs a company called RCRD LBL, which is like iTunes if it were free and released a heavily curated selection of songs that are guaranteed to be good. He has an internet TV show called OUR SHOW with Elliot Aronow that features guests like James Murphy, Das Racist, and TV On The Radio, and he writes a cooking column called Food Gold. He always holds the door, and he breezed through his Bar Miztvah. Mr. Aronow is pretty much the insider’s insider. This interview is just the tip of the iceberg.
Q: What are you working on these days?
A: I’ve been teaching myself art history. I decided if I was going to work in the music business exclusively I was going to shoot myself in the face. Richard Prince has been a revelation to me.
Q: What’s the best new song you’ve heard recently?
A: The new Chairlift single. I would totally make out to that song.
Q: Do you have a favorite make-out record?
A: Fleetwood Mac, Tango In the Night.
Q: Where did you get the shoes that you’re wearing?
Q: What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
A: The first bespoke suit I ever got, which is a tan corduroy one that I still wear the shit out of. It’s from Brooklyn Tailors. Having a tailor is like having a wife: You may have a couple in your life, but you can only have one at a time.
Q: What do you think is worth spending money on?
A: Olive oil, men’s shoes, a mattress, and a cast iron skillet. Maybe—if you’re fancy—a good analogue preamp for your stereo.
Q: Did you have a Bar Mitzvah?
A: It was fucking sick. How about a comic-book theme? How about your mom transliterates your entire Torah portion because you can’t read Hebrew? How about your yeshivaed-out relatives thinking you’re going to be a beautiful Torah scholar? I wore a turquoise suit. It brought out my eyes.
Q: Was there a DJ?
A: There was. He was so hungover. He showed up looking like a truck. My mom—Vivian was not pleased.
Q: What was the first expensive, designer-y thing you bought?
A: A pair of Hedi Slimane Dior jeans in 2006. I still have the price tag: $345.00. They were ill.
Q: What’s your biggest goal in life?
A: All I want to do is grow up and be a handsome, successful, Jewish gentleman.