Waterstones Piccadilly Event

by Douglas Cowie on 24 April 2017

On 10 May at 7pm I’ll be discussing the life and work of Nelson Algren with Rich Naiff at Waterstones Piccadilly. The evening will also include a screening of the feature-length documentary, Nelson Algren: The End Is Nothing, The Road Is All.

Details and tickets can be found here.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Nineteenth Century Love Song” by Mr Potatohead:

A couple summers ago, Probably Your Teacher did a short tour of Germany, Holland and England with our friends Mr Potatohead. The Dutch pop-punkers couldn’t get our song, “19th Century Love Song” out of their heads, so at the final gig in London they played a version of it themselves. They’ve since recorded their own version of the song, more or less just for the hell of it. It’s brighter, poppier, and more competently played than the original, which you can listen to here.  Mr Potatohead also cut the verses down to a neat four-line structure, which has the bonus of making a pretty nonsensical song even more nonsensicaler. She’s got a pretty instep!

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “So Long Souvenir” by Joshua Carpenter:

Joshua Carpenter’s new album is Prey Tells. I reviewed his previous album, Full Flight, on this very website a few years back. I feel no less enthusiasm for Prey Tells than I did for Full Flight. If anything, I feel more enthusiasm for this new album. To say that Joshua Carpenter makes really nice countryish pop music, and writes really nice countryish pop songs is both somehow accurate and underselling things at the same time.  There’s a washed-out quality to the songs that sounds relaxed without being lazy, and a general songwriting sensibility that leans towards Alex Chilton, though here I have to note that my review of Full Flightthis here link goes on and on about George Harrison.  Whatever.  I’ve been listening to this album pretty regularly for a couple of months now, and I’m just as excited about it as I was when it arrived in my mailbox, so maybe you should go visit and drop ten dollars yourself.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” by James Brown:

I was discussing last week’s Song of the Week with my buddy Fabian, and he brought up this song by James Brown. It’s the funkiest protest song of them all.

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