Jim Shorkey

Asterios Polyp redux
August 30, 2009, 11:28 am
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The Toronto Star also has a quick review of Asterios:



Asterios Polyp
August 29, 2009, 1:48 pm
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The Globe & Mail has a nice review of David Mazzucchelli‘s Asterios Polyp, mentioned in an eralier blog entry. Read the review in the following link:


Here is an excerpt from the book from New York magazine’s website:


Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp

The Believer – 2009 Music Issue

For the 2009 version of The Believer‘s annual music issue, they solicited a host of artists to submit acoustic versions of old/new songs. All are exclusive and this batch is more successful than other recent editions. Lloyd Cole, Wreckless Eric and the bonus track by newcomers Haunted Love are all worthwhile. I especially liked the Dave Wakeling song, “Never Die” but it was Phil Wilson that sent me to e-music to download a combined collection of his solo work and (C86 era band) June Brides material.

Oh there’s also a nice little essay on the Lawrence Welk show in this issue.

2009 Music Issue

2009 Music IssueJune BridesJune Brides

June Brides

June Brides

The Creation
August 28, 2009, 10:34 am
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I didn’t want to leave my reference The Creation to the seemingly back handed compliment in the last post. “Making Time” was a glorious find indeed.

Here is a link to what sent me searching for The Creation:

The Action
August 28, 2009, 10:14 am
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An earlier post focused on discovering 60’s band The Action years ago on e-music. They were always name checked but never played anywhere. Anyways it was a great discovery, I was impressed by how deep the album was in great tunes. Other elusive bands of the era like The Creation had some great tunes but whole albums weren’t that rewarding. I was really surprised to find a new release of The Action. It consists of a lot of covers and isn’t as strong (naturally) as their greatest hits package, but it also holds some great music. including some of the songs from the documentary I had linked to.


The Action
The Action
Here is the link to the documentary:

Fiery Furnaces – “Charmaine Champagne”
August 19, 2009, 8:13 pm
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Fiery Furnaces are a band that can infuriate, but I always feel compelled to go deep with them, because they can be just as rewarding at times. “Charmaine Champagne” has about five songs in there, and I really like about three of them.

The Clean – Mister Pop
August 18, 2009, 10:32 pm
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Merge Records is streaming the upcoming Clean album, Mister Pop at their site:


Mister Pop

Mister Pop