Alarcon is an American writer best known for his independent debut fanzine titmouse (1994 - 1998), which achieved measured success among pop culture obsessives and the literati. During its publication, Alarcon attended college in Southern California while working at Tower Records. There he met and worked with Lamontpaul: singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for Ron & Nancy, a seminal post-punk four piece of the era. The Tony Wilson to his Rob Gretton.
Sometime around 1996, Alarcon began working for the now-defunct OC Weekly where he wrote features, cover stories, and reviews as well as “Boy About Town,” a weekly award-winning, full-page column, best described as a cross between Michael Musto's La Dolce Musto and the journal entries in Henry Rollins' Get in the Van.
After the Weekly, Alarcon bounced around the editorial departments of several newspapers and magazines before ending up as the head writer at an early online pop culture magazine about a year before the dot.com bubble burst of ‘99. He currently writes copy and documentary scripts for a variety of publications based in Southern California, but he saves his best stuff for OUTSIDELEFT.
Alarcon and Lamontpaul founded OUTSIDELEFT in the summer of 2004 over cordials at Ye Olde Ship in Fullerton, California, named in honor of the greatest outside left winger to ever: George Best. Since then Alarcon and Lamont have gone on to curate an entirely independent media hub which has produced noted books, records, and music events.
Alarcon now oversees OL’s American headquarters, while Lamont helms all UK and European operations. He maintains an archive of selected writing at michaelalarcon.com.
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