July 15, 2011
69 Love Scenes, which opened last week at Salvage Vanguard Theater, is to a Magnetic Fields fanatic as X-Men: Generation X is to a die-hard Marvel fan. Written by Monique Daviau and Avimaan Syam (who also directs), with additional writing contributions by other members of Gnap! Theater Projects, the piece embodies perfectly the ideas, concept, and emotion of the album, while also bringing a new, clever interpretation.
The Los Angeles Times recaps the life of author Raymond Chandler.
The Salt Lake Tribune profiles Ritter.
The list of online 2011 summer reading lists has been updated with funny books recommended by NPR and much more.
I've read a bunch of interviews, and it seems like they bring up kind of Americana-type comparisons, like Tom Petty, Bob Seger. But I'm also hearing a bit of Cocteau Twins-type production. You want to talk about other influences?
A major influence was definitely Sonic Youth, that feeling when it totally drones out. But also the line, "Society is my friend, he makes me lie down in a cool bloodbath"—I came up with that quick, but it sounds like "Society Is a Hole," an older Sonic Youth song, where it's like, "It makes me lie to my friends." It's funny because I know Thurston [Moore]; he got "Society Is a Hole" from mishearing Black Flag. He thought they said, "society is a hole," and when he realized they didn't, he just put it in the song. It's like a subconscious torch-catching scenario.
Vulture offers a brief history of the music genre chillwave.
If The Horrors' new album hints at 1960s and 1970s psychedelia and experimental music, while strongly recalling 1980s bands such as The Psychedelic Furs and Echo & The Bunnymen, that is because you won't find them listening to contemporary bands. They are known for their obsessive collecting of old 45s.
Aquarium Drunkard points out an online stream of the documentary Tom Waits: Under Review 1983-2006.
On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Friendly Fires' self-titled album.
The Guardian series "A Brief Survey of the Short Story" profiles the medium's standout writers.
DIY lists the best albums of 2011 so far.
At the Huffington Post, author Kieran Fitzgerald ponders the future of storytelling.
The Guardian wonders who will make the next "Great British Rock Album."
NPR recommends five funny books to beat the heat.
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