Bitte Orca

I reviewed Bitte Orca, the Dirty Projectors’ latest record, for the upcoming issue of Filter. The issue isn’t out yet, and the record won’t be out until 6/9. Because of a bit of confusion, which was probably my fault, I never got my own copy of the album and had to e-borrow my editors’ watermarked … Continue reading

Winston Churchill backed by band from the future

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On the Pleasures of Dipping Grilled Cheese

Oh, Chelsea’s. For a moment, let’s leave aside the notion that the City Government of Baton Rouge was presumably founded as a vehicle to operate in the best interests of the community. After that, let’s also leave aside the notion that Chelsea’s Cafe employs fifty-five people and serves as a gathering-place for several different countercultural, … Continue reading

DFW ftw

Zadie Smith quoting David Foster Wallace at the latter’s memorial service at NYU: “[…]there’s something kind of timelessly vital and sacred about good writing. This thing doesn’t have that much to do with talent, even glittering talent…Talent’s just an instrument. It’s like having a pen that works instead of one that doesn’t. I’m not saying … Continue reading

Now We Can See

Man, I am loving the new record by the Thermals. I haven’t heard a pop-punk record so catchy since Ted Leo’s Hearts of Oak, which I can still play five times a day without getting sick of. It’s that same bars-on-a-Saturday, drinking-beers-and-barbecuing feel that I get from Ted. (I should point out that no one … Continue reading

You wanted the best? You got the best.

For those of you whose lives don’t revolve around the revolving of a 12″ piece of vinyl, a 5″ piece of plastic, or an infinitesimally small hard drive, today is National Record Store Day. Last year, I picked up Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs, Chance Jones’ The Angels’ Share, and, uh, something else that I can’t … Continue reading

Great Moments in TV KISStory

Things worth noting: Tupac’s claim that “the swap meet was closed,” hence the Versace. Gene Simmons’ pronunciation of “Los Angeles” as “Loas Angeleez” The fact that “I Can Love You Like That” by All-For-One was nominated for a Grammy, alongside the theme from Friends Peter Criss saying “yes!” when Pac announces the winner At one … Continue reading

Got arrested at the Mardi Gras for jumpin’ on a float

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Pardon the Nonsense

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Dark days

The reissues of Nick Cave’s first four solo albums have arrived and are waiting patiently for my criticism.  A glass of wine in the library with the curtains drawn.