Vivian Girls - Lake House
Vivian Girls - Lake House
Speaking of great covers…
Katie and Allison Crutchfield cover Oblivion by Grimes
Joanna Gruesome's epic and totally ace cover of Galaxie 500's “Tugboat” is up now on Pitchfork for your delectation. SO bad ass.
Maybe the greatest cover of all time.
At Dean Wareham’s recent show he mentioned Joanna Gruesome, probably in reference to this cover, and a woman behind me yelled out “Newsom! It’s Joanna Newsom!”. And her friend was like “No, it’s Gruesome.. it’s a play on the name”, to which she responded, after a pause, “That’s not nice. They shouldn’t do that.”
Tumblr tells me I have been posting my records for a year, now. Here is the new Superchunk album, which I preordered from the band. It took me a while to post it. Check out the cool package with die cut cutaways, stencil overlays and the bonus white 7”. Superchunk are one of my favorite bands and my most favorite if their genre. Superchunk are masters of indie rock by their command and influence over the style, not to mention running a label that perpetuates their aesthetic. This, their second post 10-year hiatus album is not as dense, intricate, or varied as their first one, and it’s more straight forward. If not as “majestic” as the last album, it still has their infectious hooks and irrepressible energy, which is more than I can say for most albums out there this year. God bless Superchunk.
LEGENDS NEVER DIE
December 11 1964, Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The shooting was ultimately ruled a justifiable homicide.
For my next trick, I am going to make a concise and scholarly Infinite Jest essay appear out of nowhere….and by nowhere I mean 23 pages of mostly incoherent notes and ramblings that have little to do with the novel and much to do with tennis and silent film. And but so this could get ugly, the essay.
(super cool alternate cover by Alexander Swenson)
Satire paper is done. This is a self portrait depicting my physical state right now. Just kidding, I look worse than that.
Steve Martin: Report From Jury Duty
Every instance of “salesman” from Glengarry Glen Ross replaced with Geddy Lee’s ‘salesman’ from Spirit of the Radio.
And it was a wonderful Christmas after all.