Rampant Media Consumption – May 2015
Here’s a taste of what we put in our brains last month:
This month, I put together some book and music pairings for you.
Book | Author | Artist | Album
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess pairs with Jon Hopkins Immunity
Bikenomics by Elly Blue pairs with Bleached Ride Your Heart
Biopunk (A Collaborative Work) pairs with Snakadaktal Sleep In The Water
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides pairs with Wild Nothing Nocturne
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July pairs with Zero 7 When It Falls
Also, a new genre was born: Post-apocalyptic Feminist Action Thriller. If you haven’t seen Mad Max, it’s a MUST…but don’t bother watching the previous films if you haven’t already.
–Jerry Saltz anything and everything
–Dirty Beaches. Exclusively the “Badlands” album.
-My Bloody Valentine
-Picasso, De Kooning, Mapplethorpe
-Patti Smith’s Just Kids (before the backpack safekeeping my copy was stolen)
-Saw Gag play at Seattle’s Rain Fest. This was my first hardcore show. The front man came out wearing an oversized adidas tracksuit and baby mask, then he stripped naked. It was great. 10/10.
This month I’ve been finishing Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and its super-weird creepiness. I finally jumped on the Outlander boat (just the show, so far) and I’ve developed an addiction to NPR, which used to just be my husband’s thing, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Feeling so very far away from everyone I know has left this little seed of isolation, and knowing as much as possible about the world right now seems to help. On the music front, I’ve spent a lot of time time working on commute playlists full of pop-y folk music and jazzy hip-hop.
I was on tour all month and consumed the following media:
-Jessica Hopper’s new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, which I bought at Quimby’s and read on the train home.
-We spent about 2/3 of the tour listening to the Pillars of the Earth audiobook, which is like Game of Thrones with entrepreneurs instead of magic.
-The Hair Metal and Ozzy’s Boneyard channels on Sirius/XM, with the essential addition of my tour-mates’ commentary.
Nathan went to a bunch of book readings at Powell’s and reports back the following: