June 13, 2004
The New York Times magazine profiles Carl Newman, whose solo debut, "The Slow Wonder," Was released this week.
"It's always a treat to pick up and -- sweet justice! -- hate a hyped first collection of related stories that has already run in installments in career-making magazines such as the New Yorker, Zoetrope and Harper's. But a rarer and far more satisfying treat is to realize that everything wondrous you gleaned from one brilliant slice of this brand of narrative can in no way compete with the fulfillment that comes from seeing the stories work just as well, if not better, as a cumulative, freestanding collection." The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis.
The Palm Beach Post examines the resurgence of '80s cult bands (their term) like the Pixies, Mission of Burma, and Camper Van Beethoven.
"Someone told me that Steve Albini saw Mission of Burma and he liked a certain chaotic element in us and he incorporated that somewhat in Big Black, but Big Black doesn't sound anything like Mission of Burma." Mission of Burma guitarist Roger Miller talks to the Japan Times about the band's new album, ONoffON and the band's reunion after a long hiatus.
David Gates remembers Ray Charles for Newsweek.
US News & World Report offers seven "summer books without borders."
Malaysia's The Star covers the tragic history of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Jim DeRogatis waxes nostalgic about one of my favorite artists and albums, PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love.
Posted by david on June 13, 2004
Camper Van Beethoven promising a forthcoming "a sci-fi concept-record rock-opera sort of thing" send chills down my spine. Imagining a stadium full of Maylasian youth screaming "Freebird!" boggles my mind.
When word got out concerning Ray Charles' passing we at the office stopped working and reminisced for a while about his music. For my part I had many childhood memories of his various appearances on variety shows, and I couldn't seem to shake a recollection of a performance on Hee-Haw (my mother wouldn't let me watch Solid Gold so on Saturday night it was Hee-Haw or nothing). Looks like my memory served me faithfully: http://www.heehaw.com/guests-musical.html and http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/12/01/brillstein/