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by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009


Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time, releases his next work of nonfiction with The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Once again tackling the American West, Egan tells the story of the legendary forest fires that ripped through Washington, Idaho, and Montana on August 10, 1910. As park rangers fought these massive flames, President Roosevelt and United States Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot saved the land through the establishment of national parks.

Below is a video of the author reading the opening of The Big Burn (as part of an interview with Nick O’Connell, editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review). In just first few paragraphs, Egan paints a vivid, specific picture of the time of the fire, allowing the reader to empathize with this story from long ago.

The Big Burn releases October 6, 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

by Tyler Gould

24 Sep 2009


Majeure
Timespan
(Temporary Residence)
Releasing: 20 October

Timespan is the first full-length from Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra’s solo project. His label describes “Teleforce”, available here for free download, as “sci-fi disco”, and the description covers some ground: the main track sounds right out of the sweaty rave from one of the despicable Matrix sequels, and the lead synth recalls Galactica 1980 with some subtle notes of Vincent Price.

SONG LIST
01 The Dresden Codex
02 Teleforce
03 Timespan

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Teleforce [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009


Mew just released a video for “Repeaterbeater”, the second single from their latest album, the frustratingly titled No more stories / Are told today / I’m sorry / They washed away / No more stories / The world is grey / I’m tired / Let’s wash away. It takes the band to an eerie Victorian mansion/ritzy old folks home to take some trippy drugs, or so it seems. The schizo-imagery paired with the haunting beats does well at keeping the viewers’ attention—a very nice follow-up to the weirdness of “Introducing Palace Players”, the first single off No More Stories.

 

by Faye Rasmussen

24 Sep 2009


R.E.M.
Live At The Olympia
(Warner Bros.)

Vincent Moon and Jeremiah’s trailer for This is Not a Show, the bonus DVD to R.E.M.‘s Live at the Olympia, is now available for your viewing pleasure. The duo, who previously worked with R.E.M. on Ninetynights and the “Supernatural Superserious” video, filmed the bands working rehearsals at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre where they tried out new songs for their 2008 studio album, Accelerate

R.E.M.‘s Live At The Olympia is a two-CD set featuring 39 songs from their 2007 shows in Dublin, Ireland, where they tested new material over five nights before passionate capacity crowds. The CDs give fans the opportunity to hear those songs in their raw, experimental form, before being recorded in the studio setting, along with 29 other career-spanning songs.

The CD/DVD combo is to be released on October 27. 

REM Live at the Olympia in Dublin Trailer


by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009


Nick Hornby releases his latest novel, Juliet, Naked, on September 29. The standard Hornby ingredients are there, with a reclusive one-hit-wonder (or in this case, a one-album-wonder) raising a son, looking for love, and listening to pop music. High Fidelity meets About a Boy? Probably not. Writing what you know is the first rule or writing, or so they say. No matter how many times Hornby writes about himself, or at least his perspective, the story is always satisfying, funny and touching. Here Hornby talks about the autobiographical elements in his new novel.

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