Saturday, September 27, 2008

If You Don't Already Have This Album, You Should Get It.

The harmonies alone in Fleet Foxes' self-titled album put it in the year's top 10 best albums. The tight instrumentation and solid songwriting make the songs on this album shoot chills up my spine. This fact vaults it into a top 5 pick for sure. Get it.

Two Swedish girls do a beautiful rendition of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head

TV On The Radio - Dear Science,

If you buy one album this month, please buy Dear Sciene, by TV on The Radio. Every song on the album is as good as "Wolf Like Me" or "I Was a Lover." If not better.

This album has received stellar reviews in places that write better reviews than I do. Pitchfork says it's "a dense and textural album with an optimistic core." But then they say, "it ... reeks with dread." How can it optimistically reek with dread? Maybe that means you should buy two copies.

Monday, September 15, 2008

At Linh Dinh's Blog

"You bring up Stevens, the paragon of writing within the "system" -- the bourgeois poet par excellence, at the mere mention of whose name Adrienne Rich launches into an extemporaneous screed against the patriarchy. (No matter what she's doing: she could be ordering food at a McDonald's drive-thru.) I'm just tired of people not wanting to do any work when they think about the relation of poetry to society."

In response to some fairly sharp-edged comments to a piece found here.

However uncivil the comments might be, they still beat the most well-formed comment on a YouTube video or a Digg post. Does poetry hold the last corner of the civilized web? (No.)

National Endowment For The Arts Funds Construction Of $1.3 Billion Poem

National Endowment For The Arts Funds Construction Of $1.3 Billion Poem

WASHINGTON—The National Endowment for the Arts announced Monday that it has begun construction on a $1.3 billion, 14-line lyric poem—its largest investment in the nation's aesthetic- industrial complex since the $850 million interpretive-dance budget of 1985.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hyperconnected I

Hyperconnected I

The words to Public Enemy's Terminator X To The Edge of Panic
are in my eyes. The corrugated well spring is existing.
She has her laptop with her. I am enjoying married life.
Trying again on the sofa. Donovan's voice, Van Morrison's ideas.

Carefully considered. We will always gossip wen she
leaves. It's almost fall. My fingers are white. You will knock
my chin again. It's whale watching time.

I have hunkered down in my room. Primarily it's my fear of
astronauts and things that were made of earth that now
reside on Mars forever.

Honeycomb honeycomb honeycomb.
When I was a child I saw an Applebee's as a restaurant,
and not a symbol. I am going to take your extreme isolation
to the zoo. Then to the set of a situational comedy. She's been
working so hard; she deserves it.

The Mojave Desert and the d├ętournement and the milkshake
and Chuck Taylors. I'm about this close to doing something
upsetting. The Ivory Coast sucking on a willow branch to ease
the swelling.

Ryan Adams Is Gonna Kill The California Girls

I've been reading the new Sonic Youth biography Goodbye 20th Century and thinking a lot about dissonance and necessity. What do you think of Ryan Adams' cover of Expressway to Yr. Skull? I've been thinking of this cover for a while now. Not sure why, but it's been churning around. Maybe because Adams' band (not sure if it's the Cardinals on this one or what) doesn't seem to get the dissonance or rotor-wash effect of certain parts of the song? I don't know. Ok. Good talk.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Everyone's Asking Sarah Palin the Wrong Questions

Instead of "What kind of experience do you have on Capitol Hill?"

They should be asking "What kind of experience do you have on King of the Hill?"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008