Filling the Gaps

I've been on a bit of a rampage lately with purchases of music, books, etc. Here are some of the things I'm listening to, reading and about to dive into.

Mark Olson "The Salvation Blues" -- One listen and this record sounds fantastic. Maybe his best work since "My Own Jo Ellen"

Matthew Ryan "Jane, I Feel the Same" (single) -- Absolutely beautiful. Only available at

Okkervil River "The Stage Names" -- "Unless It's Kicks" on repeat over-and-over.

Joe Strummer Mix -- A friend made this and I'm a lovin' it.

Dr. Dog "Easy Beat" -- still need to listen.

Elvis Costello "Live at Macambo" -- Wow!

Josh Ritter "The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter" -- new contender for album of the year. Watch out "Sky Blue Sky".

More: The For Carnation "The For Carnation", The Go-Betweens "Oceans Apart", The Gourds "Noble Creatures", Pajo "Pajo", Rachel's "Music for Egon Schiele"

Al Gore "The Assault on Reason" -- Just about done. Inspiring read.

Next: Haruki Murakami "Underground", Phillip Gourevitch "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda"

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