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Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre
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All Things Considered: Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus
A novel by an Iraq War veteran presents the stories of platoon leader Lieutenant Donovan, who feels isolated by his rank; medic Doc Pleasant, who is unraveled by the deaths of friends; and Iraqi interpreter Dodge, who both loves and hates what America represents.
Lock In by John Scalzi
NPR: A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers
When a new virus causes one percent of the population to become completely paralyzed in body but not in mind, the United States pursues a scientific initiative to develop a virtual-reality world for victims, with unexpected consequences.
El Pintor by Interpol
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NPR First Listen: Interpol, ‘El Pintor’
El Pintor is Interpol’s fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It’s a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure. In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on El Pintor and let the songs happen. What emerged is something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and reenergized. The result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.
Portlandia: Season 4
The Dinner Party Download: How ‘Portlandia’ Plays in Peoria (and the Odd Way Fred’s Underwear Gets There)
The Dinner Party Download: Portland Does it Better: Etiquette with Fred and Carrie
All Tech Considered: 'Rent It Out': Portlandia Spoofs The Sharing Economy
This Is NPR: Portlandia Public Radio Tailgate
Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon; it stars Carrie Brownstein (lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney) and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. The show was created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with Jonathan Krisel, who directs it.
TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Jello Biafra, Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, k.d. lang, Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan, Silas Weir Mitchell, Michael Nesmith, Mark Proksch, Maya Rudolph, columnist Dan Savage, Nick Swardson, jazz duo Tuck and Patti, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Olivia Wilde are some of the guest stars on the fourth season of the comedy.
NPR’s Monkey See: Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of ‘Bob’s Burgers’
The animated comedy Bob’s Burgers returns for a third season. The series follows the ups and downs of Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who run’s Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but his family falls short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make ever “Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening” a success.
If you’re searching for a rare comedy that’s well done, look no further…BOB’S BURGERS is serving up a second season of top-grade fun! This time around, struggling restaurateur Bob Belcher and his family crash the food truck circuit, get burned by a bad review, find trouble in a taffy factory and dive into synchronized swimming. Enjoy the laughs - but save room for dessert! Shown in 16:9 full frame format using the highest quality source material available.
Smart laughs and irreverent fun are always on the menu at Bob’s Burgers. Bob Belcher’s family-run restaurant would be a big success if not for one thing - his family! Oldest daughter, Tina, can’t control her raging hormones. Middle son, Gene, promotes the restaurant by wearing a burger costume, but forgets to take it off to pee. And little Louise tells her class that Bob’s burgers are made from human flesh! This quirky comedy will leave you hungry for more.
In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery by Chris McCabe
Morning Edition: Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature
Opened in 1837 and inspired by the Pere Lachaise in Paris, West Norwood became known as the Millionaire’s Cemetery. But within its opulent grounds there are twelve buried names whose currency is language: these are the dead poets of West Norwood. In the first instalment of a project to map the Magnificent Seven, Chris McCabe takes us off the main track of London writing and asks why the works of Hopkins, Tennyson and Browning are still read above those buried in this suburban enclave of South London. Join McCabe on the hunt for a great lost poet, as he walks the winding Gothic paths of the Cemetery and makes an unexpected discovery underground in the catacombs. The stories of those loved and dismissed by Charles Dickens are carefully uncovered; those who influenced Lewis Carroll and Winston Churchill; and those whose burial in the common ground has not been enough to silence them. A startling and original work of literary detection, In the Catacombs is written across a range of forms - prose, Gothic fiction, criticism and poetry - and places West Norwood Cemetery and its dead poets back into the foreground of the London psyche.
Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers
The Current: Album Review: The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’
All Songs Considered: Come See The New Pornographers Play ‘Brill Bruisers’ In The Brill Building
KCRW’s The Organist: Episode 26: You’re the Man
Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup The New Pornographers, who NPR calls “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock. ” Additionally, the New Yorker describes the band s music as “magnificent and clever” while Stereogum proclaims, “In recent history, no group has featured so much formidable established talent, collaborating on a regular basis. “
"This is a celebration record, " in the words of lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman, and that describes it perfectly - massively melodic, joyous pop music helmed by the soaring vocals of Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and Newman himself. Not since Twin Cinema has the band sounded so deliriously, goofily happy. The record boasts sonic heft and song after song of inventive arrangements, wry lyrics and driving force. This is absolutely one of the most fun yet deep - albums of 2014.
The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Henri Alain-Fournier
All Things Considered: As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A ‘Lost Estate’
When Meaulnes first arrives in Sologne, everyone is captivated by his good looks, daring, and charisma. But when he attends a strange party at a mysterious house with a beautiful girl hidden inside, he is changed forever. Translated by Robin Buss.
The Story of Land and Sea: A Novel by Katy Simpson Smith
All Things Considered: Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child
NPR: 'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story
A sweeping generational story, set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, follows fathers and daughters, mother and son, and master and slave as they search for redemption during a time of war, servitude, and love.
Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics
NPR: Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In ‘Dreamless Dead’
Presents graphic novel adaptations of twenty works of trench poetry from World War I, including pieces from such poets as Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling, and Isaac Rosenberg.
The Sultan of Byzantium by Selcuk Altun
All Things Considered: Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul’s Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight
A quiet academic living in Istanbul receives a message from a mysterious organization telling him that he’s a descendant of the last Byzantine emperor, and posing a series of tests to determine whether he’s a worthy successor. Translated by Clifford Endres and Selhan Endres.
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
All Things Considered: Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions
A science reporter presents an exploration of what is known about learning and memory that considers how to adapt negative characteristics to expand learning potential.
Baltimore Baseball & Barbecue with Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles’ Smokey Slugger by Rob Kasper, Boog Powell
Morning Edition: Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark
Since he started smacking long balls for the Baltimore Orioles, John “Boog” Powell has enjoyed the gustatory delights of his adopted hometown. A four-time All-Star and a fixture in two World Series, Boog also knows how to make one heck of a pit beef sandwich. Backyard barbecues at Boog’s Baltimore row house were once a post-game tradition for the team. After hanging up his spikes, the former MVP set up his now iconic barbecue operation at Camden Yards. Baltimore author Rob Kasper takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of this smoky slugger from his Florida boyhood through his rise to major-league glory and beyond. Told in Boog’s colorful style, this rollicking journey is spiced with recipes and topped off with interviews from former teammates like Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.
Manipulator by Ty Segall
NPR First Listen: Ty Segall, ‘Manipulator’
All Songs Considered: Guest DJ Ty Segall
THE SEGALL HAS LANDED. And it s fully loaded, with everything that TY SEGALL (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come. Heads up! It s coming down fast. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, TY is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout TWINS and SLEEPER. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image … picking up speed … . Still fighting the power with all the energy that a deter- mined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty s a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty like you, he ll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it and when he goes down and his head cracks in two, out pour the multi-colored manias that make up MANIPULATOR. Sour-sweet declarations fea- turing freaks and creeps alike: The Singer, The Faker, Mister Main, Susie Thumb, the Connection Man, and The Crawler, to name but a mutant fistful. To see these peeps, to realize their dreams and visions, TY kept working, kept writing, laying down more tracks than ever. New musi- cal expressions pop and surprise relentlessly throughout all the knockout tunes of MANIP- ULATOR with many sounds in the mix but LP most of all, SO many guitars! So Many. And different kinds of strings - the strangled-neck solo of The Singer, recalling the good old days down by the river with Neil. Numbed-and-unplugged discursions spiraling away from the funk on Mister Main. Three-quarter quartets raising their din in a few key places. Waves of sparkling acoustics with ominous, Lovely undertones and then, torrents of filthy git-grunge, exploding into the chorus, washing everything away, fusing the black- ness of SABBATH with the grime and grab-ass of the STOOGES and the sweet swinging tones of the STONES. All in the name of getting high- er on the music. Why have one guitar solo when you can have a few in the same space? There s so little time, and a LOT to say. In order to ensure that he got it all out, TY called a few friends to fill in special parts on certain MANIPULATOR songs. He got great touches from CHRIS WOODHOUSE (piano, synth & percussion), SEAN PAUL PRESLEY (vocals), BRIT LAUREN MANOR (vocals), STEVE NUTTING (drums), IRENE SALZER (violin), JESSICA IVRY (cello), MATTHIAS MCENTIRE (viola) and the TY SEGALL band (MIKAL CRONIN, CHARLES MOOTHEART, EM- ILY ROSE EPSTEIN). Plus, MIKAL arranged the strings and everyone played awesomely. The clarion call/siren song of his guitar….clouds of guitar billowing, blood rushing to the head, the tempera- ture going from blue to red….TY s on a mission, working to change chemistry through music with the streamlined pop and helium-cooled vocals of MANIPULATOR. These seventeen songs take many forms, as if TY is finally releasing all the thoughts that have been holding him down, that made him pick up the ax to begin with. By the end of MANIPULATOR, you ll feel that he must have chased all the demons but it s a big world, and MANIPULATOR has only begun to fight.
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
All Things Considered: 'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes
The author shares his views of black thought and the conditions of black life in America during the 1940’s and early 1950’s.