Some albums contain moments of stark emotional candor; others channel haunting moments of stunning beauty. The Recognitions, the latest album from Exitmusic, manages the difficult task of doing both. It is at once a neatly crafted work of cinematic pop with an almost tactile sense of atmosphere and a document of the divorce of Exitmusic’s founders, Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church. The album draws inspiration from a host of disparate elements, from the William Gaddis novel that gives this album […]
In our morning reading: interviews with Vivian Gornick and Sean H. Doyle, new nonfiction from Alexander Chee and Adnan Khan, and more.
This weekend: read about the zebra skin owned by William Gaddis, listen to How to Dress Well covering Smog, read an interview with Alexander Chee, learn more about Housing Works’s Vonnegut book group, and more.
“Big Boys shows were notoriously fun, and most touring punk bands found themselves under the band’s spell. Thumb through live pics of the band and you’ll see the husky Biscuit in drag, or else in shredded skate clothes. Sometimes dressed as a Daisy Dukes-wearing cowboy or in a wig and pink polyester. A Mexican wrestler or a mummy.” Andy Beta on the legacy of the Big Boys, whose music is being reissued via Light in the Attic. Inside the Library […]