Monthly Archives: March 2012

Omnivore: Archive fever.

Omnivore is a regular report on some of the things that I’ve been enjoying during the week (or thereabouts).

This week I read Dubravka Ugrešić’s Karaoke Culture, which I quite enjoyed. I felt that some essays were noticeably stronger than others, though it was definitely a worthwhile read.

Incidentally, I had to scan through Derrida’s Archive Fever recently, and the essay on archiving in Karaoke Culture struck a particular chord with me for that reason, as different an approach as it is.

I’ve got my hands on Julia Holter’s Ekstasis, but I’ve not started on it save for one song that was on YouTube about a month ago.

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The Walkmen to release new album in June.

The new album from the Walkmen will be arriving 5 June. Its title is Heaven. More details from Pitchfork. [via Pitchfork]

New York vets the Walkmen will release their new album, Heaven, on June 5 via Fat Possum/Bella Union. The followup to 2010’s Lisbon was recorded with noted indie rock producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, the Shins, Modest Mouse) at his Seattle-area studio in the woods. Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold sings on the track “No One Ever Sleeps”. Other song titles include “We Can’t Be Beat”, “Song for Leigh”, “Heartbreaker”, and “Love Is Luck”.

In a press release, frontman Hamilton Leithauser says, “The detachement you can feel throughout our younger records is gone. We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement.”

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Edition Additions: Barthes + Basara

barthes + basara

Two new books arrived in the mail yesterday. I already know what I’m getting with Writing Degree Zero, but a flip-through of The Cyclist Conspiracy surprised me. It looks incredibly fun and I reckon I’ll be having quite an entertaining time with it.

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On Berlin Stories.

The description applies to the present volume as well, as it does to a great deal of Walser’s work; again, therein lies the appeal. These stories, more than revealing the texture of Berlin life at the turn of the century, allow us a window into Walser’s states of mind and into the mechanics of his thought process (he wrote quickly and claimed he never corrected a single line of his writing). Whether he is observing an Abyssinian lion in the zoo, or complaining about pompous, self-important people, or thinking about a park, or observing a play, or assessing the character of the city street, it is always the quality of mind that holds us rapt.

A short note on Robert Walser’s Berlin Stories over at the Book Bench. [via The Book Bench]

Incidentally, the Enrique Vila-Matas book I was just reading is an excellent, excellent portrait of Walser.

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New Sigur Rós album in May.

Sigur Rós have a new album, Valtari, coming in May. Hit the link to find more details, an album cover, and a song for streaming. [via Consequence of Sound]

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Sebald material.

Conversational Reading points the way to a new Sebald resource. [Vertigo] [via Conversational Reading]

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Love goes toward love.

William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet", W!LD RICE, 2012 (Source: SISTIC)

In further Shakespeare production news, W!LD RICE will be staging Romeo and Juliet, and it will be directed by Ivan Heng and run from 12 to 28 April. Tickets available at the link. [via SISTIC]

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Rojak: Reissues.

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

Assorted

David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars to be reissued. [via Pitchfork]

The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film has been restored and set for DVD and Blu-Ray as well. [via Consequence of Sound]

While we’re there, a list of releases for this year’s Record Store Day. [via Consequence of Sound]

Conversation with Jeanette Winterson. [via The Barnes & Noble Review]

“That Other Word” is a new podcast featuring Scott Esposito and Daniel Medin. [via The American University of Paris]

Forever Pete! is a charming campaign to get Pete Seeger back on the music charts. [via Forever Pete!]

Bulletin

This week on WKLC:

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Omnivore: Montano’s Malady

Omnivore is a regular report on some of the things that I’ve been enjoying during the week (or thereabouts).

This week’s great indulgence was Enrique Vila-Matas’s Montano’s Malady, which I found more difficult (in a good way) and slighhtly more alienating (in a not-so-good way) than the other two currently out in English. Enjoyedd it nevertheless, and am all ready for Dublinesque when it hits.

The semester is coming to an end. As far as school readings go, I’ll have to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale for what must be the fourth or fifth time. I’ll also have to do some Andrew Marvell.

I’m hoping to complete one or two other books on my list before the summer break starts. I’m going to finish the Eduardo Chirinos for sure, but I might have time for a novel as well.

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Singapore Arts Festival 2012

The programme highlights video for the 2012 Singapore Arts Festival:

[via YouTube]

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