Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The LC's Book Club Reads DFW's Posthumous The Pale King / Scenester Pick of the Day: The Seedy Seeds

Perhaps you're reading today's entry while waiting in line to vote at your local polling place (that's a joke: there aren't any lines). But that doesn't mean folks aren't interested. The LJ-World talkback forums are buzzing with ideas about Sven's bankruptcy, along with obscure suggestions for write-in candidates, such as this one from somedude20:

"Vote for Johnny Chimpo, Gordon Shumway and Nile Rodgers!!!!!!!!"

But we turn our attention today to literature. The most important literary event of the year--the release of David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King--is almost upon us: it's slated for an April 15th Tax Day release, timed to coincide with its subject matter of IRS agents.

TIME magazine offers an excerpt from the novel:

"Howard Cardwell turns a page. Ken Wax turns a page. "Groovy" Bruce Channing attaches a form to a file. Ann Williams turns a page. Anand Singh turns two pages at once by mistake and turns one back which makes a slightly different sound. David Cusk turns a page. Sandra Pounder turns a page. Robert Atkins turns two separate pages of two separate files at the same time."

Richard: "I predict the entire novel is exactly like this and, if so, I'm already prepared to declare it a masterpiece."

A few years back we participated in an on-line summer reading and discussion group, Infinite Summer, which tackled DFW's massive Infinite Jest, and we had a blast with our daily discussions of The Mad Stork, tennis arcana, wheelchair assassins, armies of feral hamsters, Canadian double and triple-agents, The Year of the Trial Size Dove Bar, and page after page after motherfucking page of footnotes. If The Pale King offers 1/3 as much joy and frustration, count us in.


At first we assumed The Seedy Seeds, playing tonight at the Replay, were merely an Americana band, and we were mildly excited. Then we discovered that they are an "Americana/indie-electronica" band, and we were even more excited. Then we read a review in which the first sentence compares them to beloved Larryville-band The Anniversary, and we were sold:

"The Anniversary, only with more noodly keys and banjos? What the fuck? Okay, wait, I take that back — actually, this is nearer to The Postal Service with banjos, or maybe Mates of State, or…hell, make that a combination of all three. The Seedy Seeds wed sweet, bumping keys and rhythms to banjo and accordion, then throw gorgeous melodies and earnestly-dueling indie male/female vocals on top of that, and the resulting amalgam is both fairly unique and pretty damn cool." (www.spacecityrock.com)

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