View Full Version : Iff Recommends Stuff - Part 2
so the previous thread got lost, never mind. let's start afresh
this week The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan.
The last werewolf is a book by Glen Duncan released earlier this year. It is his eighth novel (four of a supernatural nature - i, lucifer, weathercock, death of an ordinary man and this, and four of a non supernatural nature - hope, love remains, bloodstone papers and a day and a night and a day) and very much a return to form after the ok "a day and a night and a day".
The main protagonist of it is Jacob Marlowe who happened to be the last Werewolf in the world. All the other werewolves have been hunted down and killed and now only he exists but the end is nearing as one of the werewolf hunting organisation's head honcho (whose father Jakob had killed back in the day)
the sparkling narrative is great, overall writing excellent.
I enjoyed it immensely
Glen Duncan talks about the book
Glen Duncan reading the book
next week: part 2 of this reccomendation ;)
part 2 of last week's reccomendation - songs for the last werewolf - [the real] tuesday weld
Songs for the last werewolf is the latest album from london based group, [The real] Tuesday Weld and it's main protagonist, Stephen Coates. It is based on the book of nearly the same title by Glen Duncan (See above, people)
It mixes literary passages from the book with music of an extremely high quality.
without much further ado, here's some music from the album
Website - http://tuesdayweld.com/site/
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/therealtuesdayweld
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/therealtuesdayweld
Part 3 of Part 2
Are you stuck for a christmas gift for a loved one?
What better to get them than A very She & Him Christmas album
This, in the now lost thread , is a rarity, an oddity, an iff (see that's self deprecating observational humour there), in an album that I don't have yet. (i.e. it will be a christmas present for me from one of my beloved family members. which one, i've not yet decided) but anyway the musical geniuses that is M Ward and Zooey Deschanel are bringing out a christmas album and here's two tracks
enjoy and watch your loved one's faces light up when they open the gift on christmas day.
this week - Jeffrey Donovan Lewis
His new album "A turn in the dream songs" is one of the best albums i have got so far this year. There are just various great songs on it. My two personal favourites are "cult boyfriend" and "when you're by yourself" (this song resonates with me)
It's the first album of Lewis that I've got (Although I do also have his side project with Kimya Dawson, "The Bundles". A personal favourite also)
The cd "box" (this is an arguable point whether it is a box or not) also comes in a lovely fold out with a comic book style. It's beautiful although if the songs weren't good, that'd be pointless.
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/JeffreyLewisBand
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/jefflewisband
this week - Téa Obreht
Teá Obreht is an author, born in Belgrade in 1985 but raised in the US. This year, she published her debut novel, The Tiger's Wife which is set in Yugoslavia during the troubles there. It focuses on 2 primary characthers, grandfather (who has died at the start of the novel) and granddaughter. Both of them are doctors. The story is built around 3 passages of time, the current time just after the passing of the grandfather, the grandfather and a person he meets several times, Garván Gaille and the Grandfather youth. Ms. Obreht tells it better than me in the second video below.
With a touch of the magic magical realism, this is just a superb novel and I would highly recomend it. Ms Obreht has woven a great story with very good narration quality to it and she has shown herself to be a highly promising author who i look forward to reading more from.
Ms. Obreht reads from the book from PBS News Hour
interview with Ms. Obreht
this week - Caribou
Caribou are an electro act from Ontario, Canada (hey I learned something). It's participant is Daniel Snaith who previously recorded under the names Daphni and Manitoba. The latest album Swim was released in April 2010.
from "She's the One"
from The Milk of Human Kindness
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/caribouband
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/cariboumanitoba
in a second reccomendation, December is nearly here so come on folks, lets get back into the daily quiz thingy ma jig. what do you all say?
we are down to four currently so let's increase the numbers
thread - www.discussanything.com/forums/showthread.php/133340-DA-Daily-Quiz
direct link to quiz - http://www.funtrivia.com/private/main.cfm?tid=96330
come on folks. new monthly competition startin in two days.
this week - I break Horses
Please note - I have never harmed a horse in my life. In fact, I love horses (as i do with most animals apart from pigeons. yuck. i remember leaving the cinema after seeing the cohen brothers adaptation of the book "True Grit" and there were two pigeons fighting outside the cinema just at the door way. I let out a shriek. people looked at me. wait what am i doing? oh yes, commendation of a band)and is a particular reason i don't watch horse racing as i hate seeing them fall at fences. I have no knowledge that Ms. Linden and Mr. Balck have either and therefore I assume they haven't. It's just a name people!
anyway I break horses are a two piece band from Sweden composed of Maria Linden and Fredrik Balck. They do Scandinavian Chill Wave as BBC describes them
They released their debut album "Hearts" in August of this year and it's very good. Could it be the best Swedish album of the year? maybe. here's some music
this week - lykke li
lykke li is a singer songwriter from sweden. this year she released wounded rhymes in April or so. This is the follow up to the 2008 album Youth Novels. I also had the privilege of hearing her live as part of Record Store Day in April in Tower Records in Dublin. She was the desert after Steve Mason's in store that day :D. (they were both playing live in Dublin that night. I was going to Steve Mason so I heard Steve Mason twice that day and saw him once. :D i'm a small 5'7.). My first experience though would be in 2009 when she featured on various tracks on the Royksopp album Junior
Wounded Rhymes[i] is a superb album. Could it be the best Swedish album of the year? maybe. here's some music
from [i]Wounded Rhymes
from Youth Novels
official site - http://lykkeli.com/
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/lykkeli
special reccomendation - christmas songs
Low - Just Like Christmas
Mew - She came home for Christmas
Sufjan Stevens - Joy to the World
Happy Christmas to All
this quarter (need to get back into this. think the last time i did it was the last time i was quizzing good on the daily quiz. related?) - Lo Fi Fnk
lo fi fnk are an electro-indie band from Sweden (As shown above, Swedes rock). They have released two albums, Boylife and the last summer. Unfortunately i don't have the last summer (i'm lucky i have boylife).
I was listening to "Boylife" for the first time in a long period in January of this year and it just struck me that this is a great album and that i was incredibly lucky to have heard of the band and to have got the album. I had heard of them from a radio show "An Toabh Tuathaill" (as anglophonic - the other side) and they just played their music and i was very impressed with. It's really good
from "The last Summer"
also Low, who feature in the christmas day post, are playing in Dublin in July so I'm going to go. nice. this will also mean that i will have seen all 3 acts in that post on christmas day live
this week - Django Django
django django are an indie rock band from Scotland. They have four members and their self titled debut album was released in january of this year.
here's some music
website - http://www.djangodjango.co.uk/
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/thedjangos
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/564162985
04-09-2012, 06:22 AM
Django Django WOR clip was eye candy!
Django Django WOR clip was eye candy!
your welcome, Malcolm :)
this week - Tieranniesaur
first off, let me point out the obvious, that is a superb name.
other than that, the album is also very good. there are 6 members of the band, lucy clarke, sara golding, ian mcfarlane, sailog o'halleran, padraig o'reilly, ruan van vliet and annie tierney. the song writing talent is annie and padraig. the name of the act is derived from annie so the plaudits for the name of the band belong to Mr and Mrs Tierney :D They got a good electro-indie feel about them, reminds me slightly of CSS
the debut self titled album was released on the musical collective Popical Island last July.
bandcamp - http://tieranniesaur.bandcamp.com/
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/tieranniesaur
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/tieranniesaur/110975412280662?sk=events
this week - Richmond Fontaine
Richmond fontaine are a band from Oregon, USA who specialise in Alt Country. They have released 10 albums, the latest being the high country in 2011. Having had the privilege of seeing them live, they are worth seeing live.
Their lead singer, Willy Vlautin is also an author and that is how i heard of them as when reading the excellent lean on pete, the bio on the back of the book said he was in the Richmond Fontaine.
here's some music
from The High Country
from thirteen cities
official website - http://www.http://richmondfontaine.com/
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-Fontaine/100281195567?ref=nf
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/richmondfontaine
also just a note, here is Willy Vlautin talking about the book lean on pete
it's a superb book
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