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August 25, 2015

Book Notes - Brandon Hobson "Desolation of Avenues Untold"

Desolation of Avenues Untold

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Brandon Hobson's Desolation of Avenues Untold is a fiercely intelligent comic novel.

Gabriel Blackwell wrote of the book:

"Brandon Hobson's Desolation of Avenues Untold is at once both a wise commentary on loss and nostalgia and a very funny—and very paranoid—farce. Thomas Pynchon, David Lynch, and Philip K. Dick would all be perfectly at home in Desolate City, TX. A beautifully lunatic book."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Brandon Hobson's Book Notes music playlist for his novel Desolation of Avenues Untold:


There are several music references in this book. Caspar Fixx is a fictional rock star who's formed a cult in L.A. and is rumored to have the Chaplin films. D.C. has Thom Yorke University. Random conversations from unknown avenues often include specific albums and bands. Born Chaplin finds himself listening to the hard rock station to try to connect on a deeper level with his son. All that, I suppose, leads to this.

"Hyperventilation" – Brian Jonestown Massacre
Breathing and paranoia.

"Marijuana" – Reverend Horton Heat
Because B. Chaplin loves to smoke.

"Down on the Street" – The Stooges
Bleaker Street.

"Suicide Demo for Kara Walker" – Destroyer
In drag.

"Insensatez" – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desolate highway.

"Things that Scare Me" – Neko Case
Scary people.

"Paranoid Android" – Radiohead
Thom Yorke College.

"Bella Lugosi's Dead" – Bauhaus
Warehouse party, film flickering on the wall.

"This is Hardcore" – Pulp
Hardcore.

"Monday Night" – The Golden Palominos
Strange film.

"Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" – Led Zeppelin
"Bron-Y-Aur Avenue."

"Bodysighs" – Shellyan Orphan
Humroot, Humroot.

"Nevertheless" – Brian Jonestown Massacre
If I knew my way out.


Brandon Hobson and Desolation of Avenues Untold links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry
excerpt from the book
excerpt from the book

Deep South Magazine interview with the author
Vol. 1 Brooklyn interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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