"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"

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Doveman - “The Cat Awoke”

and yet, the mighty also fall
you can’t command them all
this time
you’re playing the other side again

From “Double Youth”, out September 2 on Asthmatic Kitty.
Pre-order here: http://store.asthmatickitty.com/products/helado-negro-double-youth

Roberto’s new album sounds like it’s going to be a blinder.

EMA — “Dead Celebrity”

I wish some of the reactions to Robin Williams’ death (not among people I know, of course, I mean stuff like this, or people acting like you can’t mourn Williams and Michael Brown at the same time, or people acting like mourning someone who brought joy to your life is somehow ridiculous) didn’t make this song hurt a little bit more this morning. I appreciate that Anderson’s approach is one of tenderness and gentle inquiry rather than self-righteousness, but I don’t get how anyone can use this death as an excuse to tell people to love themselves less.

dronenotdrones:

Thank Satan for earplugs

These guys were so much fucking fun! I’m not that familiar with Boris on record, but they were great live, and just super endearing (I’m all for giving all drummers headsets as long as they’re as enthusiastic during the fast songs as Atsuo is. Their set was all over the place without ever actually feeling all over the place; whether or not I find time to actually listen to the records, I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.
The Atlas Moth were the second opening act (and were fine, though piercing enough that I had earplugs in for the duration), but the first opening act as mentioned yesterday were SubRosa. They only got about 30 minutes to play (so, two songs: “Fat of the Ram” and “The Usher”), but I could honestly have left totally satisfied after those two. They were amazing. When the violins kicked in during “Fat of the Ram,” howling like ghosts, it was like nothing else I’ve ever heard. 
As a sidenote, their merchandise was a steal too, I got More Constant Than the Gods on double LP for $20(!) and No Help for the Mighty Ones on CD for $10, and my friend got an awesome t-shirt for $15 (maybe the fact that their label is Canadian helped with that?). If I’d had more money I would have gotten a t-shirt too. I really, really hope they get to come back and headline, or at least play longer, soon because they are an absolute must see.

dronenotdrones:

Thank Satan for earplugs

These guys were so much fucking fun! I’m not that familiar with Boris on record, but they were great live, and just super endearing (I’m all for giving all drummers headsets as long as they’re as enthusiastic during the fast songs as Atsuo is. Their set was all over the place without ever actually feeling all over the place; whether or not I find time to actually listen to the records, I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.

The Atlas Moth were the second opening act (and were fine, though piercing enough that I had earplugs in for the duration), but the first opening act as mentioned yesterday were SubRosa. They only got about 30 minutes to play (so, two songs: “Fat of the Ram” and “The Usher”), but I could honestly have left totally satisfied after those two. They were amazing. When the violins kicked in during “Fat of the Ram,” howling like ghosts, it was like nothing else I’ve ever heard. 

As a sidenote, their merchandise was a steal too, I got More Constant Than the Gods on double LP for $20(!) and No Help for the Mighty Ones on CD for $10, and my friend got an awesome t-shirt for $15 (maybe the fact that their label is Canadian helped with that?). If I’d had more money I would have gotten a t-shirt too. I really, really hope they get to come back and headline, or at least play longer, soon because they are an absolute must see.

SubRosa - “Borrowed Time, Borrowed Eyes”

Tonight I get to see this band live. I’m pretty excited.