A good interview with one of my favorite authors. I saw him at a party associated with the book conference he mentions, but was too intimidated to go introduce myself. Sorry, Mr. Everett, and thank you for signing your books for me.
Kind of like Tivo…probably not as good (and no sports, although that wouldn’t bother me too much). I’m surprised I found this through somewhere other than Netflix - it seems like they would really want to push it (especially since their online Instant Watch deal isn’t compatible with Macs, and not so great anyways, from what I hear).
More online comics! Dash Shaw has a recent book out called Bottomless Belly Button, which intrigued me when I saw it at my local comic shop of choice, and will probably now end up buying, after having read this profile.
Kevin H. is a comics artist I’ve discovered lately. He has a series coming out named “Ganges” (after his regular alter-ego, Glenn Ganges) in the “Ignatz” collection, which makes very nice oversized, slip-cased editions. He’s got some online content you can peruse if you click the top left link on the front page (you’ll figure it out from there!).
This is Sloan's “I’m Not A Kid Anymore” from their upcoming (releasing next Tuesday) album, Parallel Play. The most noted thing about Sloan, probably, is how retro they sound — they wear some pretty serious influences on their sleeve, but they still build on rather than succumb to the past. (Most notably, their Beatles-ish songs almost always have better — or at least more contemporary and relevant — lyrics.) The second most noted thing about Sloan is that all four members share songwriting duties pretty extensively and that — despite the ego-clashing this would seem to invite — the band has stuck together for over 15 years and made lots of (and sometimes incredibly long and full) albums.
Okay, so I’m going to try this out and hopefully it will work. I get access to a lot of promo discs through my job, and I thought I’d pass along a track or two every week if I felt like I had something to say about it. This is the second track from Ulaan Khol’s I (it’s supposed to be the Roman numeral “1”, and it’s in a really nice, barely serif-ed font on the album cover). At first I thought the level of hiss was way too high, but the sound grew on me immensely once I got to this second track. The production is weird — it’s kind of inverted, I guess — but it has this amazing way of suggesting that the guitar wailing exists in some perfect realm of ideals on the other side of all that noise. It has an excellent old-school psych-thrum thing going on, too — which never hurts this kind of endeavor — before it drifts off into a shaky standstill.