The new LP by Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan, is finally streaming in full over at NYT. There’s also this lengthy write up and a trailer for their half-related movie Hi Custodian on the band’s website. If you read the same music sources as me, you already knew all of this. But I felt like I should share, since thoughtful song arrangements and peculiar harmonies hit me pretty hard.
Back in March, I was all set to interview GZA from The Wu-Tang Clan. He was playing at Zydeco, and my friend Joshua Shoemaker was taking some photographs of him. Unfortunately, some scheduling conflicts kept the interview from ever happening, though Joshua did nab some sweet images of GZA immediately before he went onstage. (Above image comes courtesy of Joshua.)
My buddy Chris Staples of lesser-known Twothirtyeight and Discover America superstardom also happened to be playing in Birmingham that night. He was on tour with Andy Shauf, another awesome singer-songwriter, and as the night progressed they both ended up crashing in my less-than-comfortable living room. Since I already had a list of questions printed out for GZA, at some point Chris suggested we do the interview with him instead. We didn’t deviate from the questions, and the results were pretty hilarious.
You can read the whole interview at Chris’s blog.
I read somewhere that Nick Hornby wrote this one because so much about the music industry has changed since the nineties, when High Fidelity was published. So I guess I’d been expecting more of a romp through British music nerddom than a story of romance amongst forty-somethings.
Either way, #49 was a good time. We’re almost at the finish line.