Author and onetime University of Cincinnati (UC) professor Brock Clarke has high praise for David James Poissant, who earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UC in 2011: "Poissant will end up being his generation's Richard Ford: his fiction is full of big ideas, of startling insights into how we live now."
Sunbather, the second album from
Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under
an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer
drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of
“Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the
first two songs.
Denmark has yielded a number of
intriguing artists over the years, none more compelling of late than
Lars von Trier, a provocative filmmaker whose latest effort, Nymphomaniac,
is as graphic and emotionally caustic as its title would suggest. Yet
Quadron, an Electro Soul outfit from Copenhagen,
comes from the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, delivering sleek
slow-jams with titles like “Favorite Star,” “Hey Love” and “Crush.”
The Black Angels’ tag-team with Roky
Erickson for something called the Winter Psych Storm Tour is almost too
obvious. The five-piece Psych Rock crew has long adored the era in which
Erickson was a trailblazing figure with The 13th Floor Elevators.
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.