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The incomparable Fred Sasaki, one of our most popular contributors, returns with an impromptu audio play, also featuring August Sasaki and Pearl Sasaki.
If you will be in Chicago this weekend, you can and should meet Fred at The Art of Doing It All, part of the city’s annual Printer’s Ball festivities.
May 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment
This eerie and lovely bit of Americana comes through the filter of Lindsey Baker, a/k/a Guts Club.
The album The Arm Wrestling Tournament, a reflection on torture-murder and other themes, is available now.
May 11th, 2015 · No Comments
Chris Rogers is a charming array of contradictions. He’s an arty intellectual who listens to obscure Tzadik releases for fun yet never, ever trumpets his own creative achievements. He’s an introvert, and also the nexus and entry point for some of funniest, most entertaining social scenes I’ve interacted with. He’s shy and eccentric, yet has been a consistent, calming, supportive, and open-hearted presence in my life through some of its darkest passages. His most aggravating flaw is that he sells himself too short as an artist.
I met Chris in Athens, Georgia in the late ’90s, when we were colleagues at the magical college radio station WUOG and he was a member of Je Suis France, one of my favorite local bands. I liked him immediately because I thought he was a real-life Chester from Sifl and Olly, and he was one of my most valued friends years later when I moved to Los Angeles and needed friends badly. He attended my very private wedding ceremony in Las Vegas, and one my wife’s friends observed that he “did Vegas right.” If you’d just met him, that might surprise you. If you know the man, it makes perfect sense.
I asked him to contribute something so I could celebrate his birthday here, albeit a bit late. (His birthday is May 8th.) Here it is!
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CL Hawk is not a ’70s cop show, but a Chicago writer, performer, and surrealist.
She reads here from the Table Flip Club’s founding document, an incendiary tract for women in technology.
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The Los Angeles band Olin & the Moon has played distinctly SoCal-flavored Americana since 2006. Tomorrow, the new album Every One You Know hits the streets, the boulevards, and the crescents. You can go ahead and bump “Every Summer” and “Solitary Hill” now.
Meanwhile, O&TM is already at work on another new joint for later this year, this time in collaboration with y’all-ternative legend Ryan Adams.
You are within your rights to wonder how these fellows maintain such a keen rapport with the fickle Muse. Since they ain’t stingy, they checked in to endorse a product that may be of aid to the envious.
April 9th, 2015 · No Comments
Epigraph: Life is great without a care
M.P. Carver would like to give thanks and acknowledge her debts to Lady Gaga, Lorde, and the other pop singers who inspire her.