Thursday, February 17, 2011
I have a review of Brooklyn author Justin Taylor's debut novel, The Gospel of Anarchy, in the latest issue of The L Magazine. A short version is in print, but head over to the website for an expanded take on the book.
I contributed some of my favorite things to a "Best Of" issue of L Magazine not too long ago, and one of my entries was Phillip Racz. I'd seen him playing his accordion at the Metropolitan G station a few times and did a little sleuthing to track him down to get his name for the mag. I didn't want to go the trite route of picking a favorite new band or bar, and figured one of the more intriguing subway performers deserved some attention. Phil had caught my attention as I was reading and waiting for the G one night by segueing from Radiohead's "No Surprises" into an absolutely gorgeous version of the Twin Peaks theme that echoed through the tunnel. I kept in touch with Phil and even got a chance to play with him a bit recently. He's an inspired and engaging performer (especially on upright bass and accordion) and an all-around swell guy. Here's a video of him doing an Astor Piazzolla tune.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
(flyer by BJK)
(Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Ben Kupstas, Michael Demsyn-Hanf, & Nick Jenkins)