May 19, 2004

My review of Robert Pollard's Fiction Man is up at 75 or Less. For me, Fiction Man is the best Pollard release since his collaboration with Doug Gillard, Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department (including Guided By Voices releases).

"Gothic elements have been woven into a story of delicacy and not a little humour. The result is that literary rarity: a page-turner of real intelligence." The Telegraph reviews Patrick McGrath's Port Mungo.

Heavy Industries is producing indie compilation cd's, then mailing them to you for the price of postage only. Sample the current comp, it's a great way to sample new bands, especially if you are bandwidth-challenged.

WNYC has an excerpt of the upcoming David Sedaris book, "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim." The radio station is also holding a pledge drive, and is offering the book (out June 1st) to patrons pledging $100 or more.

"Sure, maybe part of it is that when you first hear it there's that excitement, the rush of hearing it for the first time. But the hope is that after 50 times there's still something, the potential to find something in it that you haven't heard before. It's not just a question of hearing sounds that are buried in there -- although there might be some of that too -- but something that didn't connect before suddenly connects." Greg Saunier of Deerhoof talks to Suicide Girls about his band's wonderful record, Milk Man.

"It's amazing to hear that the breasts have had to be repaired many times because they're being worn out by too much touching." I've heard of kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, but this is what is done in Columbia?

"In other words, the Thermals have recorded a more (eek!) mature album. And after the initial shock of the higher-fidelity version wears off, that maturity emerges to show musicians who are capable of more than just great hooks and snotty vocals." Willamette Week reviews the new Thermals record, Fuckin A.

The SF Bay Guardian delves into the 33 1/3 series of books about seminal albums.

Posted by david on May 19, 2004

I've listened to Fiction Man twice now, and i don't think i'm getting it. I've loved the previous Todd Tobias joints (Circus Devils and Gem), but Fiction Man isn't doing it for me....yet.

Fuckin A, however, is a great record.



Posted by: wez on May 19, 2004 11:09 AM

Very glad to hear that you share my thoughts on Fiction Man! Its a wonderfully weird record and I hope it portends great things to come from solo-Pollard. Trial of Affliction and Light Sleeping is still my favorite track- rocks hard with a creepy vibe.

Take it easy!

Posted by: phil on May 19, 2004 12:15 PM

David Sedaris' new book is out June 1, not May 1 :)

Posted by: Brad on May 19, 2004 12:38 PM

I don't dislike Gem, but I've never been a fan, and I traded both Circus Devils records almost immediately after listening to them, it's definitely not my cuppa tea.

Thanks, Brad, I fixed that release date.

Posted by: david on May 19, 2004 05:20 PM
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