Posts Tagged: rick moody

Debut Album from The Unspeakable Practices


The Unspeakable Practices were born out of a project formed by writer Rick Moody, who has a new novel coming out shortly (and a music column here at The Rumpus), and Kid Millions of Oneida, Man Forever, and Soldiers of Fortune.


Scott Tuma feature

Swinging Modern Sounds #68: A Way of Life


The thing about Scott Tuma is: the immense pathos of the recordings... Almost no one, frankly, is allowed to sound this sad and continue to have a musical career. ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #67: The Franchise Restaurants of Song


Musician Owen Ashworth on his new album, Nephew in the Wild, literary influences, self-expression in songwriting, and how becoming a father has changed his work. ...more

Size Queens feature

Rumpus Video Premiere: The Size Queens’s To The Country


An exclusive video premiere of The Size Queens's To the Country, a two-song sampler featuring the titular track, "To The Country," along with "Hands and Knees." ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #66: The Library of Babel


I want to propose a fine recent example of the gesamtkuntsler, the total artist, in Paul de Jong, the cellist, composer, collagist, archivist, and former member of the band The Books. ...more

Jesse Malin, San Francisco, March 2013

Swinging Modern Sounds #65: Tragedy Plus Time


Jesse Malin is a lifer in a business that rarely features lifers anymore. ...more

Urinals feature

Swinging Modern Sounds #64: Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!


Many of you will not want to believe that “Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!” by the Californian punk band the Urinals, is the greatest song ever written, but that is simply because there is some kind of vise or blood-occluding mechanism attached to the thinking and feeling part of your limbic region. ...more

Christmas in the Heart

Swinging Modern Sounds #63: It’s Supposed to Be Bad


Rick Moody emails with Scott Timberg, author of the new book Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class, about Bob Dylan's new Sinatra covers album, the need for cultural gatekeepers, and the "slippery sub genre" of bad-on-purpose art. ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #62: Stillness as Metaphor


I am after a music that renders life as it is, and which invites in the intermittent pulsations of life. ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #61: Songs for the Alliterative at Heart


Michael Hearst has come a long way from the guy who played plastic wind instruments on Seventh Avenue, to an admirably creative and original adulthood. ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #60: On Mentorship


In an empirically-preoccupied world, mentorship appears to be unscientific, impossible to quantify, and perhaps even sentimental. ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #59: Not a Folk Singer


There is a lot to learn from Vashti Bunyan, therefore, about how to live a self-designed life, and how to be unapologetic and decisive about the habit of songwriting. ...more


Swinging Modern Sounds #58: Crowdsourcing


Music-obsessive activity, in general, appears to be about music. You could, on the surface, mistake it for being about music. But in fact what it is about is memory and love. ...more

The Rock Icon Is Alive And Well


Rumpus columnist Rick Moody knows that the idea of the music legend isn’t dead. While everyone seems to be lamenting about “the good ol’ days” he knows there is on icon on every corner.

“It is not so unusual these days—especially in the media and especially among music writers of a certain age—to observe that we don’t have icons like we did of old, we don’t have titans of popular music, we don’t have entertainers astride the stage like we once did, there’s no rock and roll, they just don’t make it like they used to, something terrible has happened to our art form and so on.


“Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I’m Very Appreciative of This Interview You Did With Rick Moody”


Read Rumpus columnist Rick Moody‘s interview with songwriter-visionary Mark Mulcahy (formerly of the legendary ’80s–’90s college rock band Miracle Legion) about Mulcahy’s latest album “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You” over at Salon.

Here Mulcahy discusses the writing and recording process, the album’s thematic darkness—something he attributes to what he describes as “a bleak view of people”—and (unfortunately) the reasons why we shouldn’t expect a new Miracle Legion record anytime soon.


New Anthology Celebrating Prog Rock Includes Rick Moody, Joe Meno, and Others


Lovers of progressive rock legends like King Crimson, Genesis, or Emerson, Lake and Palmer should check out Yes is the Answer: And Other Prog Tales, a literary anthology edited by Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell and featuring work by musicians and novelists alike; Rick Moody, Seth Greenland, Joe Meno, Matthew Sweet, and many others contribute pieces.