Afternoon Bites: Happy Birthday Sub Pop, Michael Chabon Doing “Casanova,” Literary Baseball, and More


“Since they first reunited in 1985, Wire has had an exceptionally weird relationship to its own past. During their commercial peak in the latter half of the 80s, they refused to play anything from the pre-breakup era, and for the first few years of their current incarnation, they mostly acted as if they’d jumped straight from Pink Flag to the year 2000.” Douglas Wolk on the latest — kind of — from Wire.

What, exactly, has steampunk done to alternate history novels?

If you like literature and baseball, you may want to check out Hobart‘s annual baseball issue.

Happy 25th birthday, Sub Pop Records.

Michael Chabon will be writing backup strips for the wonderfully insane comic book Casanova.

“We’ve got Hard Coming Down, a new Gun Outfit LP full of downtempo bumouts and Sonic Youth/Meat Puppets dance numbers. In short, it’s exactly what I was hoping guitarists/songwriters Carrie Keith and Dylan Sharp still had in them.” Joe Bernardi on the latest album from Gun Outfit.

Jamaal Thomas talks Kendrick Lamaar, George Orwell, and more.

Hey, it’s Banksy in Greenpoint.

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