Today marks the release of Pissed Jeans’ fifth album. Over lunch, lead singer Matt Korvette talks about working with Lindsay Hunter, Lydia Lunch, and the process of creating Why Love Now.
Gabriel Kruis tracks literary lineage and permutation in this review of Ali Power’s debut book of poems, A Poem for Record Keepers.
Claire Donato explores her own emotional, existential, and political terrain surrounding the boundary-breaking experience of Joanna Newsom’s Divers.
In his ekphratic exploration of the classic Nintendo game Mario Kart, August Smith interweaves play with reality, player with designer, past with present. Jayme Russell reviews.
“Beyond economic deaths, educational deaths, overdose deaths, Appalachia carries a kind of pastoral death: the cratered hillside replaced with slurry ponds and refineries; a discarded refrigerator in a flooded creek.” Nic Lawrence summons her West Virginian childhood while finding duende in Harmony Korine’s 2009 film, Trash Humpers.
Adam DeGraff checks out the Mierle Ukeles exhibition of her “Maintenance Art” at the Queens Museum, including perhaps her most famous piece, “Touch Sanitation,” in which she visited all 8,500+ employees of the NYC Sanitation Department over a two year span to personally thank them for their work.