Archive for April 2009

Bookworm Wednesday: John Fante

26 April 2009

storyWho? John Fante

What? Bukowski’s literary father, an italian migrant, and one of the best confessional literature-novels I have read so far.

About a year ago i met a guy who had written a book about a year in his life, and he asked me to read what i thought of it (and get all the spelling errors out). It was pretty good, and as a reward he lent me a few books, people who he enjoyed reading. He’s quite into so-called confessional literature, (e.g. Knut Hamsun, Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller).

He gave me two books by John Fante. In his books Arturo Bandini – clearly based upon Fante self – is a would-be writer who has moved to Hollywood to become a succesful author. His thoughts swing from thinking he is the best writer alive to finding himself a complete failure. Next to that, he also has quite the  temper, so that he he is unctrollable in his actions.

Although I’m quite fond of Bukowski, Fante is even better. I’ve only read two books thus far, but they haven’t bored me for a bit. They are even very touching at times…

Confessional literature has the advantage over traditional literature that the only style it needs is honesty. Off course, you have to be a good writer, but Fante doesn’t kill his text by using too much stilistic devices.  It’s like lo-fi literature. Also for people who enjoyed Catcher in The Rye.

Great stuff.

Buy John Fante at Amazon or look for it in your second hand bookstore.

Brotherly Love: Day Action Band

26 April 2009

dayactionWho? Day Action Band

What? Folky songs, that you can whistle to!

Sounds like? Lou Barlow, Sebadoh…actually all lou barlow stuff, except the loud things. I read Jim O’rourke as a reference, and that’s something i can agree with for a bit.

So, Aviary Ghost played folk songs. So does Day Action Band, but they don’t fill their songs with rich arrangements.

Aviary Ghost offered an album for free, but you had to sign up to their newsletter. Day Action band follows the same procedure, although their free album is already 6 years old (but amazingly good none the less). So they were first.

Their last album so far, Wives & Babies, is pretty good too (you can listen to it by clicking on the link), but the free album ‘Girl With A Gun’ is superb.  The First song is from that Wives & Babies-album, the other two from Girl with a gun. You can buy their album on Cd Baby or through the extremely small label Captain Cape.

Day Action Band – Every Breeze

Day Action Band – Love Again

Day Action Band – Do You Love Me

Birds with hats on: Aviary Ghost

26 April 2009

aviaryWho? Aviary Ghost

What? Melodic folkpop

Sounds like? Belle & Sebastian, All things Swedish, Jens Lekman with less emphasis on the catchiness. Something with falsettos.

So, I’m not dead. Because i want to treat you on a lot of good new music i’ve discovered over the last couple of weeks and months, i’ll keep my texts short.

The first band is Aviary Ghost, a 5-piece from Chicago, who make lushly arranged pop songs. Their songs are very whistable (if that’s a word.. meaning you could listen and whistle to them). And the cool thing is that their album is free. You do have to sign up for their monthly news letter, but since you do want to know what this band is up to, that’s not even a burden. I really recommend you doing so, cause this is actually something that should be loved by the indie crowd en masse.

Aviary Ghost – Somewhere Else

Aviary Ghost – The Brain is a House

You can find the download instructions on their website


23 April 2009

So, after an almost 3-week hiatus, because of an arm fracture, i’m back. I’ll try to give you lots of music this weekend, and perhaps also some new book posts (cause i’ve been reading like a monkey with a literary degree the past two weeks).

Keep visiting!


5 April 2009

due to injury, i can’t type very long texts now…so this blog is not dead, it’s just injured…