I noted the weirdness, and then filed it away until a time I might really consider the implications of wanting to bury someone’s stockings. I was lost in metaphor, which meant I was lost in everything....more
It would be simple to say that she is missing the internal formulation that makes one enthusiastic about dogs. And that would be true, partially. Was she, as their mother once said, a cold fish?...more
Patrick Ryan discusses his new collection The Dream Life of Astronauts, the “bad old days,” and the human need to believe that everything will turn out okay in the end (even when we know it won’t). ...more
Allyson McCabe talks with Arthur Fournier, an independent dealer of books, serials, manuscripts, and archives, about how he developed his niche, and how digital access has both enriched and complicated the work of archiving and collecting. ...more
Depending on how you track Tim Cohen’s prolific songwriting, Luck Man is either his first solo record or his fourth. This is a testament to the number of monikers that Cohen has used over the years to release the range of psych-inflected pop that has made him one of the pillars of San Francisco’s musical community. In an attempt to describe Cohen’s productivity, Pitchfork draws a comparison between the Fresh and Onlys frontman and Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices:
Both are hugely prolific, fiercely independent rock ’n’ roll lifers—bedroom auteurs with a taste for tape hiss and eccentric pop songs.” Whether or not you agree with the comparison, Pitchfork has it right that Cohen is both “fiercely independent” and makes great pop songs that are hard to describe, which often earns them the description “eccentric.
Wednesday 1/18: Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library present “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump” with readings by Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Alejandro Murguia, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, and T. J. Stiles. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library.
“When asked (about our newest album Oczy Mlody) what does your new stuff sound like..?? My current response has been that it sounds like Syd Barrett meets A$AP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future.” It’s Wayne Coyne himself, penning those words in the official press release for his Flaming Lips’s newest album, Oczy Mlody, out last Friday from Warner Bros. Records.
Oczy Mlody, inspired by Coyne’s “meditational” and “meaningless” reading of book written in a language he couldn’t understand, is Polish for “eyes of the young,” but to the Oklahoma singers sounded “like Oxy (as in Oxycodone) Melody and, as my imagination ran away with it, also the name of a drug made in the future,” one that “uses your own sub-conscious memories and transports you to your perfect childhood happy mind.”
Once again joining forces with Miley Cyrus, the Flaming Lips return to the psychedelic yet melodic sound that marked their beginnings, without leaving their highly experimental approach behind—and have produced one of their best albums thus far. Watch three videos from the new album after the jump. (more…)
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from one of hate and fear, we need books that display empathy, that help us understand different points of view, that show us we aren’t alone, that feed our spirits.
This week, we’ll look at To Have Been There Then (The Operating System, January 2017), a memoir by Gregory Randall about growing up in “revolutionary” Cuba from the late 1960s to the early ‘80s. Originally published in Spanish in Uruguay in 2013, where it sold out of two editions, Randall’s mother Margaret has now translated the book to bring it to an English-speaking audience. (more…)
First, in the Saturday Essay, Byron F. Aspaas bares his slowly healing scars of communities lost before they were found and countries-turned-battlefields to remind us that our transformations into our true selves are never complete.
Sunday 1/15: Catch journalist Wesley Lowery at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Lowry reported from Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, where he was arrested. He’ll be discussing his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. 2 p.m., free.