January 22, 2004

Just came back from Green Apple Books and Music, whose wonderfully old wooden floors I wandered, listening to music and looking for a certain Thomas Merton book. Also came across a nicely worn version of Laurie Colwin’s The Lone Pilgrim–I’ve been meaning to snag a copy of this short story collection ever since I heard Hope Davis read one of the stories on NPR’s Selected Shorts in the spring. Amongst the muzak I got lost in was Ghosts of the Great Highway by Sun Kil Moon (fronted by Red House Painters’ Mark Kozelek). But drat, they had no more copies left.

Also read this staff review on Iron and Wine that made me smile:

“Iron and Wine swathes you in nostalgia and Sunday’s consolation. Sam Beam’s vocals are delicately animated; careful. His sound reminds me of quilts and winter and intimate breath as if throughout the album something handmade is unraveling and somehow becoming more precious undone. Kind people love Iron & Wine and if you don’t you’re mean and brittle. Nick Drake fans check it out.”

You can’t get heartfelt reviews like this at Borders!


4 Responses to “”

  1. PaoloGaspar Says:

    f/8?!  f/1 sounds like a much more fun place to be

  2. If only you had posted this yesterday!! I&W is playing in Orlando right now as I type. I don’t want to be mean and brittle!

  3. argonaut Says:

    No way!!! [cries of anguish] They never come to California! It’s not too late…there’s hope for your meanness and brittleness…just drive to Atlanta and catch tomorrow’s show!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Ghosts of the Great Highway is one awesome CD, Kozelek’s best work in years….I’d give a more heartfelt and thorough review but I’ve only heard of Kozelek and RHP during this past year.

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