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The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle playing ‘Cabinet of Wonders’ after book tour

The paperback edition of Danielle's Universal Harvester is just out. Meanwhile this week's edition of the "I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats" podcast features The Music Tapes' Julian Koster covering "Jeff Davis Country Blues"

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Amanda Palmer - Judy Blume
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Amanda Palmer celebrates Judy Blume’s 80th birthday in new video (watch)

”Only in hindsight could I trace back the doors and windows that Blume propped open and permanently unshuttered in the fragile house of my mind that I was constructing. She was the silent architect of my pre-adolescent belief system, breaking the ground and quietly influencing the unshakeable infrastructure onto which all of those impressively cool Cure and Nick Cave posters would later be thumbtacked and Scotch-taped.”

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The Strokes at The Wiltern
Julian Casablancas with The Strokes in LA in 2016 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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Julian Casablancas is “not super down” with ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

Julian also addressed the Strokes/Ryan Adams beef in a new interview.

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YACHT
YACHT (photo by Jaclyn Campanaro)
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YACHT subvert social media lifestyle brands in “Shame” video (watch)

YACHT are also working on a new album and accompanying documentary, and singer Claire Evans has a new ”feminist history of the internet” book coming out in March.

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Bill’s Indie Basement (12/1): the week in classic indie, college rock, and more

This week we've got a memoir from Robert Forester of The Go-Betweens, a whole bunch of Saint Etienne reissues, and buzzsaw pop from Los Angeles' Flat Worms. Plus, two premieres: one a collaboration between two French-language acts, and a band whose name sounds like they might be French (but aren't).

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Rainer Maria at Saint Vitus
Rainer Maria at Saint Vitus last New Year's Eve (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Rainer Maria playing Elsewhere + emo book release party is in NYC this month

Indie/emo vets Rainer Maria returned this year with S/T on Polyvinyl, their first album in 11 years. They've got a one-off at Elsewhere in 2018, and they're featured in the new 'Anthology of Emo' book on Polyvinyl.

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Patti Smith at Central Park SummerStage
Patti Smith in Central Park in September (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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Patti Smith performing at Sam Shephard book release at a church in Brooklyn

Patti Smith and longtime bandmates Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan will “present an evening of words and music” in NYC to celebrate the release of Spy of the First Person, the final book by Sam Shepard, who passed away earlier this year.

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David Bowie
Photograph from the album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive
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‘David Bowie is’ at Brooklyn Museum tix on sale (and see a sneak preview)

In other Bowie news, the new documentary 'The Last Five Years' just got its US premiere at DOC NYC and it premieres on HBO in January, and there's a new book of unseen photos coming in May.

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Tony Rettman Straight Edge
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Tony Rettman celebrating new ‘Straight Edge’ book in NYC; FYA 5 announced

Tony Rettman, author of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 and Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985, is releasing his new book, Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk, next week (11/14). He celebrates it in NYC tonight, with a Q&A with Scott Crawford, who directed the Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) documentary.

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Very Special Story time with Jack White and Elinor Blake at a Barnes & Noble in L.A.
Very Special Story time with Jack White and Elinor Blake at a Barnes & Noble in L.A.
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Jack White planning LP, celebrating new children’s book at NYC Barnes & Noble

Jack White discussed his upcoming album in an interview with Gary Oldman, and said it will be “good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music.“

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