Sunday, January 28, 2007
Return of FMF, Maybe....
NEW! Apples in Stereo NEW! As they say, Woot!
Start with Station Gray.
NPR's best of music lists, with a generous serving of music to stream.
Hermes has Juana Molina! (and TV on the Radio).
John Richards (yeah, as in in the Morning) has Silversun Pickups! (and TV on the Radio).
Meredith Ochs has The Gourds! whose Heavy Ornamentals is their best - unfortunately, I can't find any mp3s to give you: I'd love to give you "Hooky Junk."
Kevin Cole (also of KEXP) has Tapes and Tapes! and Silversun Pickups too and Art Brut!
There's also a top ten classical list from WGUC in Cincinnati (which has the same 90.9 as a station in DC which once played classical music - and may again). A glance at today's playlist suggests Christmas is coming.
(via Fingertips, who has the background)
All songs considered
Top ten, with music
Interesting that two members
Speaking of new pornographers
You’ll see them on Quite a few best lists.
Kexp has played the bejeebus out of funeral.
Friday Music Friday
back from a week’s hiatus
the first single of the new album.
Having never got the beach boys, I don’t
get the shins, though I understand why people do.
all songs considered has an hour of
stuff from her new album and stuff she likes
plus you can vote on all songs album of the year
in the same show as above.
I’ve a confession that I shouldn’t feel need
to guiltily confess. Lindsay buckingham’s solo albums
are fabulous. Simply great. Out of the cradle
is still in heavy rotation. This is from the latest.
I may have posted this before, but this band
fascinates me. No one sounds like them.
It’s not always great, but it’s always them.
And my choice for album of the year:
Books (and a Song)
New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year will be released in print this Sunday, out now on the web. From the fiction list, , of what I've read, let me recommend (the comments are from the list):
APEX HIDES THE HURT.
BROOKLAND. By Emily Barton. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) A tale of 18th-century sisters, one with a dream to bridge the East River.
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF AMY HEMPEL.
GALLATIN CANYON: Stories. By Thomas McGuane. (Knopf, $24.) McGuane's portraits of American manhood have the capacity to astonish.
ONLY REVOLUTIONS. By Mark Z. Danielewski. (Pantheon, $26.) A structurally experimental road-trip novel with a road like a Möbius strip.
And finally, what I think may be the most important post-911 American novel yet written:
THE ECHO MAKER.
Margaret Atwood reviews Powers in latest NYRB:
It's a sign of how hornetized I get with politics that I read the novel, amongst the many themes its develops, as an allegory for the United States post-911 (and Powers leaves enough clues that he means it to be read as such - probably not as much as I do, but as such): disoriented, disjointed, paranoid and self-recriminating, not recognizing other Americans as family, not recognizing America as America, unable to define who one is in an country that cannot be defined.
Atwood again (and her review is generous in scope and only begins to scratch the surface of the novel):
A brilliant, vital novel. Best I've read in years.
* * * * * * * * * *Speaking of the tenuousness of recognition, have this cover:
Friday Music Friday
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It’s a bitch finding magfields’ stuff.
Have some gothic archies: