Mid-Year Playlist

The following songs were all released this year, all on full-length LP’s. The exception, however, is the track “You and I,” which features Richard Hawley accompanied by The Arctic Monkeys (listed here as The Death Ramps)–a collaboration which I hope will yield more. Some of these songs appear on albums I’ve reviewed here already; the… More

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

“Pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work, condensed in a 3 minute film.” Director & VFX – Spiros Rasidakis, Dimitris Ladopoulos Director of photography – Nikos Mexis Editing – Yiannis Kostavaras Sound Design – Nikos Tsines Guitarist & Composer – Edsart Udo De Haes Guitar Maker – Vassilis Lazarides lazarides.com via Deep… More

Dreadful Impressions: Dictaphone’s “Poems From A Rooftop”

Dictaphones became  popular circa 1910, through the Columbia Gramophone Company, as a way of transcribing speech.  Using wax cylinders, which by this point had been replaced by disc technology for most sound recording, these devices, resembling elaborate hookahs, were the last vestiges of Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary discoveries in sound fidelity.  Some still claim that… More

And the Winner Isn’t …

As most of you have surely heard by now, the Pulitzer Prize winner’s list for 2012 was announced mid-April, but no winner was selected from among the three finalists for the fiction category. The finalists included Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (read my review here ), and The Pale King by… More