Sunday, March 25, 2012

$5 MP3 Albums of the Month

Inspired by Wormbook's Kindle Sale Books of the Month, here are the MP3 albums Amazon is selling for $5 this month which I recommend you check out:

Highly recommneded:
Helplesness Blues, by The Fleet Foxes
Wild Flag, by Wild Flag
Within and Without, by Washed Out
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, by The National

On Avery Island, by Neutral Milk Hotel
Undun, by The Roots
The Rhumb Line, by Ra Ra Riot

Legitimate classic:
Hunky Dory, by David Bowie

Overrated classic:
In the Wee Small Hours, by Frank Sinatra

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Two for Two

Readers, work has been really busy for the past several months and I haven't posted as often as I would like, so the least I can do is to continue to post links and videos I think are terrific. This one qualifies on both counts -- one of the best songs of the 00's, covered by an indie band of white and Indian guys who totally kill it. The 2012 Undercover series is off to a great start.
Young The Giant covers “Ignition (Remix)”

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


The AV Club's "Undercover" series -- one of my favorite things on the internet -- kicked off its 2012 with a bitchin' Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover of Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks' "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." In her prime, Stevie Nicks had one of the most original and authoritative voices in rock music, which did not seem an obvious match with Van Etten's college town coffee shop sensibility, but she pulls it off with aplomb. If the rest of the performances this season are as good, we're going to be in for an entertaining few months.

Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Springsteen Week" on Jimmy Fallon Was Pretty Much as Awesome as You Hoped it Would Be

Although I was out of the country for it, Jimmy Fallon's "Bruce Springsteen week" on Late Night was outstanding. On both Monday and Friday nights, Springsteen and the surviving members of the E Street Band played two songs from their new album, Wrecking Ball, and the rest of the week, Elvis Costello, John Legend, and Kenny Chesney showed up to cover Springsteen songs while backed by The Roots. Fallon devoted the entirety of Friday's episode, with the exception of the musical performances, to one extended interview with Springsteen.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February Unbookening -- Mixed Results

This month I bought nine books, which is simply inexcusable. I am able to rationalize book-buying to a really disgusting degree. But Housing Works just had so many good books this month! I've been looking for a cheap copy of this one book for years! I've admired this one author's blogging for years, and he is also a friend of a friend! Oh hey the author is having a reading in my neighborhood, I should buy a copy to get signed! These short story collections are practically homework for the short story-writing workshop I'm taking! And so on. Fortunately, I gave away or returned eleven books this month, so my shelves are marginally less over-stuffed than they were at the start of the month. I'll

Gave four to a friend
Gave two away through Paperback Swap
Loaned out one
Returned five to the library
Total:11 books

Bought Nine
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From
Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Steve Hely, How I Became A Famous Novelist and The Ridiculous Race
Austin Grossman, Soon I Will Be Invincible
Chang Rae-Lee, The Surrendered
Roger Ebert, Life Itself*
Drew Magary, The Postmortal*

*Ordered in early January with a Christmas-present gift certificate, but due to a shipping error they did not arrive until this month