Misc. Goodies I’ve Been Sitting On
Since I didn’t write about these on their own, here they are all at once.
Yannick Murphy’s Here They Come’s doesn’t have a blurb on the back, but it’s short enough that it doesn’t need one. It’s about a poor family in New York in the 1970s, and it’s very good. A child tells the story, but it’s neither childish nor fake. You can read some of it, then get it from the library or buy it. The author talked about it on the radio last year.
The Bones of Davey Jones is quiet, haunting pop music. (Sometimes it’s loud and haunting.) Too bad he doesn’t have an album; I think I’d listen every day.
I heard TBoDJ on an episode of Fair Game, which is a great radio show and podcast I first heard a few weeks ago. The show doesn’t keep a good archive of show descriptions, but l got to the site in time to catch these MP3 links: untitled, Lost To You, Sue, I Remedy, Bedtime Monsters.
David Dondero’s Simple Love comes out in August, and a couple tracks are available now. On first listen, I thought they weren’t as tight as his last album, South of the South. Then I found myself listening to Rothko Chapel five times in a row so I could think along to the lyrics.
And, wow, Project Jenny, Project Jan made an album. Xoxoxoxoxo is coming out in August, and two of the new songs are on their website. (Some of the songs were previously available as unreleased tracks.) I saw them at a ultimate frisbee party in Albany for free, which may have been lucky, depending on whether they get as popular as they deserve to.
Now enjoy these.