Brooks Headley: excellent pastry chef, excellent drummer. I interviewed him earlier this month about his terrific new cookbook, Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts. Now, there’s a book trailer for it, in which Ian Svenonius hosts one of the more surreal talk shows I’ve ever seen. The Eric Wareheim-directed trailer for Headley’s book can be seen below.
Morning Bites: Stuart Dybek, Downton at Hogwarts, Ian Svenonius on Hoarders, Rebecca Solnit Wisdom, and More
Today: Darin Strauss on Stuart Dybek, Ian Svenonius on hoarders, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kara Walker, Michael Gira Interviewed, Ian Svenonius Considered, Leslie Jamison, and More
Interviews with Leslie Jamison and Michael Gira, Kara Walker interviews her father, a look at the work of Ian Svenonius, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Teju Cole, Ian Svenonius and Ex Hex, Haunted Houses, Brandon Hobson Reviewed, and More
This afternoon: Teju Cole talks with the Times, one iconic DC punk figure shows up in another’s video, Colin Dickey talks haunted houses, Brandon Hobson’s new book is reviewed, and more.
Come April, Ian Svenonius’s band Chain & the Gang will release album number four, with the amazing title Minimum Rock N Roll. If Svenonius’s discography is any indication, there will be nods to garage-rock, anthemic hooks, and more than a little conceptual thought on display. The group has also made a very DIY-looking commercial for the album, which looks like something that plays on an alternate universe’s late-night programming blocks, and features a lot of thematically-aligned containers being tossed away and […]
Afternoon Bites: Zadie Smith, Ian Svenonius’s Royal Trux History, Roxane Gay on Twitter, Calvin Johnson Interviewed, and More
New writing from Zadie Smith, a history of Royal Trux, goofiness in art, Calvin Johnson interviewed, and more.
“…these paranormal tales, drawn mostly written or rewritten by Kirby and completely drawn by Kirby, are like art projects launched thirty-something years into the future.” A look at Jack Kirby’s Spirit World. Artforum has an excerpt from Ian Svenonius’s Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock’n’Roll Group. Abraham Riesman’s “What We Laugh About When We Laugh About Pyongyang” is well worth your time. Ali Smith’s Artful: reviewed. Teddy Wayne talks Justin Bieber at The Morning News. Michael Robbins was interviewed at The Believer. Follow Vol. 1 […]
We like to sometimes joke that the Golden Era of Washington, D.C. punk could be identified as the time when many of the scene’s best-known musicians and thinkers had names that were three letters or less. Ian MacKaye, J. Robbins, H.R., Guy Picciotto, etc. Ian Svenonius is part of that group, and like them, he has held our attention for years. From the moment when we first heard 13-Point Plan to Destroy America by his first band Nation of Ulysses […]