A.A. Bondy
American Hearts

Leaves in the Gutter

For What I Don't Become

The Thick of It
BBC America

Saddest Ghost Lamp

Friday, May 29, 2009

He Hate Me

Here's what Keith had to say about me a couple years ago. Here's what he had to say today:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records Is Available for Pre-Order


I've written a book. Co-written it, actually, with Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance--the co-founders of Merge Records and one half of Superchunk. It's an oral history of the best American rock band since the Replacements and the record label that has, over the past 20 years, defined indie rock by helping to make Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, and the Arcade Fire happen. It's the result of more than a year's work and interviews with more than 75 of the coolest people I've ever had the pleasure of talking to, from Britt Daniel and M. Ward to Ian MacKaye and Mike Watt. It's the story of how Mac and Laura took Merge from a bedroom project in Chapel Hill, N.C., to a celebrated indie giant that has launched multiple Top 10 records without the resources or moral and aesthetic shortcuts available to the major labels. It's the story of how those major labels tried and failed to mine the indie rock moment in the 1990s and went on to self-destruct for lack of apprehension of the simple truths that Mac and Laura understood. It's got hundreds of beautiful rock photos and memorabilia, an introduction by Ryan Adams, and chapters on Matt Suggs, Lambchop, NMH, the Arcade Fire, and Spoon.

And it's on sale for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It's not due in stores until September, but if you act now you can be the first on your block to own a copy. Copies will also--hopefully, if the production schedule holds--be available at Merge XX, the label's 20th anniversary festival in North Carolina in July.

I hope to start using this blog a little more frequently in the coming months to drum up interest in the book and share moments from it, so hopefully it will become an actual working site again. Our Noise is pretty much the coolest thing I've ever done, and I'm very excited for people to read it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spike in Autism Among Somalis in Minneapolis

Pretty Sentence

This is How the Bush Administration Promulgated Its Ethics Rules


Sample clue: "Across, 2: You can't use ________ information to further your own private interest or that of another."

The whole thing is here [pdf] at Government Attic. God love the Freedom of Information Act.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Where's My Tote Bag?

I know, this thing has basically devolved into a self-glorifying archive of my occasional media appearances. So I was on Talk of the Nation yesterday talking about the Prisoners of YouTube. Aren't I awesome? Listen here.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Come On Wheels, Take This Boy Away

Sneaky Pete Kleinow, who played pedal steel for the Flying Burrito Brothers and basically defined the band's sound, has died. Also, he was a creator of Gumby. Seriously.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Better Half

The High-Pitched Tone has been getting a lot of press as of late. We will all be working for her one day.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hi Mom