Afternoon Bites: Matt Fraction on John Darnielle, Vår, Used Magazines, and More


“All that well-meaning “jazz” talk has a point — Billy Rymer’s skittering cymbals on “When I Lost My Bet” and the smoky shuffle of One of Us Is the Killer‘s title cut are clearly informed by jazz vocabulary, with the band’s ethos embracing Ornette Coleman’s philosophy of harmolodics alongside hints of Mahavishnu Orchestra shred.” Hello, new Dillinger Escape Plan album.

Matt Fraction describes nonexistent John Darnielle songs, which is exactly as amazing as it sounds.

” …what really charmed me about this book is how it both describes and demonstrates the unstoppable workings of intellectual curiosity.” Based on Kathryn Schulz’s review, The Riddle of the Labyrinth sounds intriguing.

Alex Ross takes us through Wagner’s New York.

BOMB has fiction from James Yeh.

Aaron Gilbreath talks used magazines.

“Bright Eyes may have beat Vår to the mirrored album cover by 13 years, but Vår’s choice of artwork makes a sound contextual point: This is reflective music, making the listener complicit. ” Pitchfork reviews No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers.

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