The (He)art of the Memoir: GIRL IN A BAND by Kim Gordon

Rock and roll memoirs can be tricky. Maybe you want to know about the grit and the decadence, but beyond that, the genre might not offer up much else. There’s always the temptation of secrets from venue green rooms and recording studios, little tidbits that reveal a bit about the band and their beloved music. On the rare occasion these books can be a great read, but most are a slog through formulaic confessionals. Marianne Faithful, Kristin Hersh, and even Marilyn […]

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Afternoon Bites: Jess Walter’s Latest, Sonic Youth’s Live Album, “Minimum Wage” Returns, Nick Cave Protest Song, and More

“For all that Walter is frequently lauded as a humorist, the best stories in We Live in Water play the simple emotional chord of men just trying to do their best.” Alison Hallett on Jess Walter’s new collection We Live in Water. Hyperallergic on Nick Cave’s protest song. Richard Nash on the business of literature. “This is the beautiful paradox of Sonic Youth: making their instruments sound like everything that a guitar ought to be capable of creating, while simultaneously using them in […]

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Band Booking: Lee Ranaldo

It might not be necessary to write an introduction for Lee Ranaldo, so I’ll state the obvious and mention he’s one of the founding members of Sonic Youth.  What I’ve always respected about Ranaldo and his now-former bandmates is their ability to move across musical genres and artistic mediums, and somehow have it work out.  As musicians, Sonic Youth always strove to work with various artists from Cypress Hill to Yoko Ono, and the members’ various interests outside the group included fashion, zines, […]

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Morning Bites: Brideshead vs. Downton, n+1 Personals profiled, Stephen Elliott’s “Cherry,” and more

Brideshead Revisited Vs. Downton Abbey in a really bloody battle at Page Views. N+1 Personals gets profiled by New York magazine. Have you seen the preview for Stephen Elliott’s Cherry? Now Salman Rushdie thinks the whole assassination attempt on his life thing was B.S. Luc Sante on Patti Smith.  Again, we repeat: Luc Sante on Patti Smith at the New York Review of Books. Cooking with Sonic Youth (before Kim and Thurston broke up) and Evan Dando at Flavorwire. Follow Vol. 1 […]

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Morning Bites: Mark Twain and Bo Jackson eating birthday cake, Morrissey Gets a Job, British newspapers, and more

Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and Bo Jackson were all born on this day.  Only Twain got a Google Doodle, proving that Bo don’t know Google Doodles. Morrissey Gets a Job is probably our favorite thing of the week. 300 years of British newspapers are now available online at The British Newspaper Archive. More on the fate of the OWS library by Emily Witt at The Observer. N+1 on Occupy LSX. Royal Young talks to Nancy Milford about Zelda […]

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Morning Bites: “not beat poets,” last Sonic Youth show, Victorian hoarders, animating Bolaño, and more

Today you should do birthday shots for Voltaire, Goldie Hawn, Björk, and Ken Griffey Jr. Robert Hass, the 70-year-old former Poet Laureate of the United States, writes an op-ed about being beaten by police at Occupy Berkeley. At Granta: Animating Bolaño. The Los Angeles Review of Books talks to Helen DeWitt. The Victorians: Original hoarders?  3:AM Magazine talks to Alina Simone. Ted Leo and Titus Andronicus are playing an OWS benefit in Brooklyn tonight. Possibly the last Sonic Youth show ever? […]

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Thurston Moore’s “Benediction” on NPR

Posted by Jason Diamond Two of the three albums in Thurston Moore’s solo canon are masterpieces (I can’t vouch for the 1999 record, Vouch, because I haven’t listened to it, also because it’s such a massive collaborative effort, that I feel weird calling it ‘solo’).  Psychic Hearts and Trees Outside the Academy are records that are nearly as crucial as any of his work in Sonic Youth (please note the stress on the word “nearly”), and are both full of […]

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