1. Made In Minnesota feat. The Replacements, Husker Du, The Hold Steady, Lizzo, Babes in Toyland

     

    (Source: youtube.com)

  2. Q-Tip The Abstract | SCV Podcasts 188 by Sound Colour Vibration | Mixcloud →

    Q-Tip’s creative fire burns bright and it brings us much joy to offer this special 2+ hour mix covering many of the works he’s been involved with over the last few decades. Q-Tip will sit along side some of the greatest minds in 20th and 21st century music culture when his music career ends and that’s something we don’t see happening anytime soon. Every Tribe album and solo record is represented in this new mix along with a few feature cuts that we couldn’t resist adding. We hope you enjoy!

  3. Earth to release tenth full-length effort 'Primitive and Deadly' via Southern Lord this September and share dates for summer tour | Music News →

  4. David Foster Wallace’s 1994 Syllabus: How to Teach Serious Literature with Lightweight Books →

  5. caldoyle:

David Foster Wallace’s annotated copy of Ulysses. [via]

    caldoyle:

    David Foster Wallace’s annotated copy of Ulysses. [via]

    (Source: nowavepoetry)

  6. New purchases.  Listening to ‘Do To The Beast’ right now after avoiding listening to it anywhere online.  The quaint thrill of buying a new album and just playing it right through and hearing it all for the first time.  Sounds like an awesome record already.  Reminds me of the 90s.
Had already heard ‘Teeth Dreams’ and ‘Benji’ and they are such special albums I needed to own a copy.  And by ‘a copy’ I mean an actual physical thing I can hold and look at.

    New purchases.  Listening to ‘Do To The Beast’ right now after avoiding listening to it anywhere online.  The quaint thrill of buying a new album and just playing it right through and hearing it all for the first time.  Sounds like an awesome record already.  Reminds me of the 90s.

    Had already heard ‘Teeth Dreams’ and ‘Benji’ and they are such special albums I needed to own a copy.  And by ‘a copy’ I mean an actual physical thing I can hold and look at.

  7. Cormac McCarthy and vocabulary

    Although I read a lot I do have a great deal of difficulty in remembering words (and their meanings) if I’m not using or encountering them frequently.  This is very frustrating as I’d like to be far more eloquent and articulate than I am, particularly as I do read a lot.  I had the same problem going right back to when I was in school.  I’m poor at retaining any information (not only vocabulary) unless I’m working at it all the time.  I’d say this is also a significant reason why I’ve never been able to learn a foreign language despite trying frequently (French, German, Spanish, Italian, even Latin). 

    Be that as it may, it’s always a wonder to pick up a Cormac McCarthy novel and discover once more the richness of his vocabulary.  I read Suttree several years ago but just picked it up again this evening to re-read the two and a half page introduction.  He had me reaching for the dictionary several times within the first page, to confirm the meaning of familiar words but others I’m pretty sure I’ve never encountered before (apart from when I read Suttree first time round - damn my memory).

    • striae
    • stele
    • pinchbeck
    • sumac

    and on

    • maugre
    • interstitial
    • murengers

    My own humble attempts at writing will never be anywhere near this good because I don’t have the depth and richness of vocabulary to create a convincing world through description. 

    At least, if nothing else, I can console myself with enjoying and appreciating incredible writing and writers. 

  8. 'Carissa' by Sun Kil Moon.

    This has been getting me through a tough family bereavement recently.

  9. The Hold Steady - I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You

    Very much looking forward to the new Hold Steady album next month

  10. 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web →

    We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now three. We spent some time tracking down free DFW stories and essays available on the web, and they’re all now listed in our collection of Free eBooks. But we didn’t want them to escape your attention. So here they are — 23 pieces published by David Foster Wallace between 1989 and 2011, mostly in major U.S. publications like The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

  11. Just finished reading this, a really fascinating and original biography of Samuel Beckett.

    Just finished reading this, a really fascinating and original biography of Samuel Beckett.

  12. The end is nigh …

    currentlydoing:

    Decided to discontinue this tumblr.  I created it as a way of keeping a log of the films I’d watched, books I’d read, music I was listening to and it was fun at first but has now just become a chore.  But thanks anyway to those who followed and reblogged. 

    My main tumblr continues at http://thatmaycomeinuseful.tumblr.com/

    Clearing out the old, looking forward to the new.  I’m quitting my other tumblr.

  13. Great American Cinema of the 1970s →

    Two years ago I did this class.  Wow, time flies.  Didn’t really enjoy the actual classroom work much but it did give me the chance to watch loads of films I’d never seen before.

  14. Farewell 2013

    Personally, 2013 was a great year for me, probably my best year in a decade, with things slowly starting to get better after a bad few years which began in 2008.  But now I’ve got a job I enjoy, a new place to live which I love, started writing and studying again.  It all makes me positive about the future.

    And then I start worrying that it’s all going to fall apart.  How to deal with that?

  15. My favourite album of 2013 - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave &the Bad Seeds. 
Favourite track from it - Higgs Bosun Blues - http://youtu.be/anXQvf8i0Wc
Usually I do a best of 2013 chart but, although I’ve loved a lot of new music this year, I just can’t be bothered doing it this time round.  I feel my time is best spent on getting started with 2014 rather than looking back all the time.
Happy New Year.

    My favourite album of 2013 - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave &the Bad Seeds. 

    Favourite track from it - Higgs Bosun Blues - http://youtu.be/anXQvf8i0Wc

    Usually I do a best of 2013 chart but, although I’ve loved a lot of new music this year, I just can’t be bothered doing it this time round.  I feel my time is best spent on getting started with 2014 rather than looking back all the time.

    Happy New Year.