holy shit. poor phil. I wish the verdict had been the opposite, I really do. I used to laugh, but there is nothing funny about this.
if you’ve been to a the magnetic fields concert in recent times and have perused the merch stand, chances are you know emma and mike, the pair behind graphic design site M+E. they are kind of adorable and cool enough to have stephin merritt himself sing “walking my gargoyle” at their wedding! (you’re right, he doesn’t do many weddings!) anyway, we think their poster set called three square meals + dessert is an excellent deal and easy on the eyes. get one!
chrissie hynde and the pretenders have always been tops in my book. I knew she was a vegan avenger but had no idea she’d opened a vegan restaurant in akron, ohio. anyone been there? rather curious to hear this new album too. she’s just never cheesed out (pun intended). she’s just cool.
I don’t know about you but I no longer own a cassette player or a lot of the cassettes I used to have and I miss them! I am/was a pack rat but some of them never made it out of nyc when I left. what about you guys? does anyone still use cassette tapes as a format? I do miss getting mix tapes from people. mix CDs are just never quite the same. I do still buy them to do interviews with, and they can be hard to find.
I don’t know about you, but if I still lived over there in london I would want to be the director of the school of life. some of you readers must be unemployed and equipped for the task, no? sounds like such a fun place. I would apply but I am going to be the new simon cowell.
mascott is taking their gentle folk-pop to the uk next month for some dates. their new album comes out on reveal records, same label as joan as police woman (huge in the uk) and nina cardigans’ band so who knows maybe hugeness is on the horizon. kendall certainly has the voice for it! photo by gail o’hara natch.
here at chickfactor we are devoted (as you guys well know) to the guardian newspaper and the bbc website. sure, we check in with the new york times and the washington post for old time’s sake; the times of london on sunday; and even the l.a. times when we need an update on the phil spector trial or something. but when it comes to film coverage, we like and trust our man sukhdev sandhu at the telegraph, here’s a link to what he liked and what he didn’t (sad news if terry gilliam and michel gondry are on that list) and here is some general cannes coverage. our old friend mark jenkins of washington city paper and washington post fame has an excellent film magazine as well called reel dc; he’s reviewing films for npr these days as well.
ah, to be in london in the summertime… I wish I could be there for this: amor de dias are playing with sean lennon and petra haden at café oto in june. how fun is that? (this just in: the show is cancelled, at least the amor de dias bit has been.)
meanwhile, a month later in the steamy south you will find me attending xx merge, a 20-year-anniversary celebration festival for merge records in carrboro, NC, where such fabbo acts as the clientele, m ward, the magnetic fields and lambchop will perform. yes, it’s mostly sold out. but you should come! slumberland records is also celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year with some shows tba. can’t wait for that!
when I was thinking of auditioning to be the new simon cowell, I was thinking, who else do I know who could throw down the barbs on american idol? what about stephin merritt? damn, I would pay good money to see that! would america love him as much as they love-hate the orange-faced, white-toothed cowell? hard to say. stephin has a lot going on. many many projects. he’d be tempted by the cool millions, but if he took the job he wouldn’t be able to take on projects like coraline the musical. stephin’s always been a little bit goth, and the kids love him when he’s doing lemony snicket s/t stuff with the gothic arch(i)es. and there’s always been a neil gaiman connection, so no surprise there. we really should be there in new york on june 1 when the musical opens at the lucille lortel theater on christopher street but we shant be, we can’t be. click here for general merritt silliness and there for a silly article in vanity fair!