David Foster Wallace Archive

November 28, 2010

The David Foster Wallace archive opened at the University of Texas this past September.

A video of readings from Wallace’s books, stories, and letters, celebrating the event, appears here, thanks to the Harry Ransom Center.


Warpaint – The Fool

November 26, 2010

Usually, I’m somewhat suspicious of bands that actually know how to play their instruments. But not in this case. Outstanding live performances of three great tracks off the excellent new lp “The Fool,” by Warpaint (Rough Trade 2010).

Avey Tare – Lucky 1

November 21, 2010

From his lp, “Down There.” Paw Tracks Records, 2010.

Weekend – Sports

November 14, 2010

This reviewer gets it exactly right, about the new/debut lp by Weekend. It’s like Frankenstein’s monster, made up of sewn-together parts. Re-animated and now howling through the night. Racing in the dark on sledge over the frozen tundra that used to be Western Civilization. Classic punk, but totally new and alive.

Andre Obin – Golden Hair

November 10, 2010

Excellent, excellent track from Andre Obin‘s new ep, “Front Runner.”

They called it “K.C. Accidental.” The early collaboration between Kevin Drew (the K) and Charles Spearin tThe C) that set the template for their later work as Broken Social Scene.

Two recordings emerged from these sessions: “Captured Anthems for an Empty Bathtub” in 1998 and “Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills” in 2000. Difficult if not impossible to find for years, the two are now available together on cd thanks to Arts and Crafts Records.

But these are more than just interesting historical artifacts. The best tracks among those collected here stand on par with the best from Broken Social Scene’s first lp, “Feel Good Lost,” and have a timeless quality that make them still sound great, more than a decade after they were originally recorded.

“Something for Chicago,” from “Captured Anthems …,” is put to good use in the very nice short film, below.

From the excellent lp, “Ancestral Star,” on Thrill Jockey Records.