Swans have a new album out.
Called To Be Kind
. Financing for the album was supplied by sales of the live album/collection of demos entitled Not Here/Not Now
, which, for a price, Michael Gira himself would write and original song and send you a video of him singing it, just for you. Oh and, reviews are in for the new album, and they are very favorable. Links inside. [more inside]
The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones sits down with Michael Gira of Swans
to discuss, among other things, Not Here/Not Now
, the new Swans live CD hand assembled by Gira. The proceeds will fund the making of Swans' next album.
In the 80s and 90s, Swans
made music that moved from dissonance
, sometimes mixing the two
(and with some diversions
along the way). They broke up in 1997
. [more inside]
Founded in 1985, the first year of Spin Magazine
spilled ink on all sorts of great American fringe music. Swans
, Sonic Youth
, Glenn Branca
, Hüsker Dü
, and Squirrel Bait
The magazine's entire run is available
on Google Books. [more inside]
Thou art no Romeo
It turns out that the beloved pair of swan's in Boston's Public Garden are a same-sex couple.
Tests have shown that the pair, named Romeo and Juliet, are really Juliet and Juliet. The city's Parks and Recreation Department conducted the tests months ago, but didn't announce the results for fear of destroying the image of a Shakespearean love story unfolding each year in the Public Garden.
'If these two swans are happy together, they shouldn't have to have a guy," said Emma Stokien, a 15-year-old from New York. 'It's good to have the swans as a symbol of the acceptance in Massachusetts."
And you thought the middle east was bad...
Here in our own country theres three relatively unknown warring factions using incest, group sex, mutilation and serial killings as guerilla tactics. When will Washington step in and draw the line? When will the madness stop?