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August is (and was always) a shitty month for me, but at least it bears some things to look forward to in the cultural-consumption department (ha, as if may pera, but....they're well worth the credit card downward spiral and skipping other sortsa expenses)
  1. Bjork's latest album MEDULLA (via boingboing)

    (hehe, on the new cover she reminds me of vincent d'onofrio in the cell crossed with mickey mouse or gary oldman's princess leia look in dracula)

    an amazon-uk reviewer sez:
    Medulla, the fifth proper studio album from Bjork is without a doubt the most challenging collection of music she has ever released.

    For the most part, the album is made up of layers uponlayers of processed vocal parts arranged in either harmony or dissonance such as "Vokuro" and "Oll Birtan", respectively. Some, such as "Show Me Forgiveness" are simple acapella, the aforementioned sounding like a vocal cut from Debut minus the music. - amazon-uk
    while yer looking at that medulla page, be sure to check out her interview with the reykjavik grapevine where she gives the finger to the net-policing recording companies

  2. PERSEPOLIS 2, THE STORY OF A RETURN by Marjane Sartrapi

    Adam got me a hardbound of the first volume, Persepolis 1, the story of a childhood last Feb from Aeon Books. It was soo beautiful and personal and heartfelt that I cried (so much more than i did after reading the canonical Maus.) And from the recent NYTimes review, this second volume promises to be just as wonderful:
    Satrapi's voice is as artfully artless as her graphic style, never giving any indication of effort or calculation but simply communicating, in a way that feels unmediated, like a letter from a friend, in this case a wonderful friend: honest, strong-willed, funny, tender, impulsive, self-aware. It's hard saying goodbye at the end, but the end of the story marks the beginning of her ability to tell it. - NYT

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