Thursday, December 30, 2010

El Jeffe

I added my two cents on the best cultural moments of 2010 for Flavorpill. (i.e. was given an excuse to talk about the Jeff Mangum show again....)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Favorite shows of 2010

A bunch of the LPR staff posted their favorite shows of 2010 at Art & Revelry. Mine are on there.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wikileaks Centos

My poem "President Zapatero is highly unlikely to in the near term" is up at the InDigest blog for the Wikileaks Centos project. Read it here, and there is still time to submit one if you want to submit one....

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ghosts and Doppelgangers

From InDigest HQ:


InDigest poetry editor Brad Liening's first full length collection of poetry was released yesterday through Low Brow Press. The collection is called Ghosts and Doppelgängers and you currently get it over at Amazon. That's the killer cover there to the right. I (in a lovingly biased way, I know) recommend you drop everything you're doing and e-mail your loved ones to let them know that this is at the top of your Christmas list.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

InDigest Wants You to Write a Cento Based on a Wikileak Cable

Friends, whistle-blowers, readers, bloggers, drunkards, past contributors to InDigest,

Whether or not you think Wikileaks has further endangered fragile U.S. diplomatic relations around the world, whether or not you believe Julian Assange sexually assaulted two women in Sweden, whether or not you think Amazon’s refusal to continuing hosting wikileaks is gutless and cowardly, whether or not you think Mastercard, Visa, and Paypal blocking funding to Wikileaks is similarly gutless and cowardly: let’s write some centos!

That’s right, centos! InDigest wants you to write centos based on the Wikileaks cables to be included at the InDigest blog and a broadside anthology that will appear in the next issue of InDigest (and maybe elsewhere for a future project from InDigest as well). We’ve already got a bunch of these and they are going so well that we wanted to open this up to anyone.

Check out the already massive load of leaked diplomatic cables here, write a cento and send it over. (Wikileaks has been having to bounce around different servers, let us know if you’re having trouble tracking them down.) If you have friends whose writing you enjoy, tell them about it. The more the merrier, there’s certainly enough material. We’ll be posting them on the blog as they come in, publishing broadsides in the next issue and throwing reading parties in both New York and Minneapolis in January.

To submit:
Send them here:
Subject line: wiki centos
Deadline: rolling, but we’re wrapping it all up by December 30.

Happy writing.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Something Magical is Happening Here

And then there is the guitar in a baby carriage:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Glenn Branca Vinyls

We're doing a Kickstarter project to record and release the world premiere of Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 15 at Le Poisson Rouge. I'm pretty excited about this:

Village Voice says nice things...

Radio Happy Hour is the wry little nephew of A Prairie Home Companion—both serve up quaint, vaudevillian radio comedy, but only one of these will have raw riotess Thao Nguyen (of San Francisco Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) on deck tonight. Also, only one of these ends with a virtual river of Pabst on the floor. Quick-witted Nguyen should do well on "Radio Happy Hour"—as with all episodes, the guest will be tasked with helping the gang solve a short, spastic mystery by interviewing suspects, collecting evidence, and performing (because art is the greatest discovery of all, or something). Wear your Encyclopedia Brown best for a truly irreverent evening. With Jessi Klein, Ali Wong, and John & Molly Knefel.

Time Out also made us a pick of the week! Hey! There are still tickets for the show. (and you can get $5 off with the code RHHFRIEND)

Monday, November 1, 2010

New InDigest, New Radio Happy Hour

Oh, busy day. This morning we put out Issue #18 of InDigest! Yeah. It's great. Poetry from Bart Schneider, Autumn Giles, Jackie Clark, Tony Leuzzi, new fiction from Lech Harris, Caren Beilen, and J. Bradley (who is reading at InDigest 1207 on Nov. 17 in NYC). New columns, recording journals, interviews, podcasts, and more.


Then, Radio Happy Hour put out the first video of a new series called Radio Happy Hour presents The Fall of Keith. It stars the Radio Happy Hour kids (and me) and comedians Sean Patton, John Knefel, Molly Knefel, and Brett Tabisel. I like it. See it:

The Fall of Keith: Act I from Radio Happy Hour on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I can't do anything better than Alex Lemon

So, I'm ripping this straight from Alex Lemon's blog to share with you. But I can't even use my own words. He labeled the post "Sad Story With A Beautiful Ending" and that's about the best way you can put this.

New InDefinite Podcast, plus Time Travel

There is a new episode of InDigest's InDefinite Podcast up featuring Steven Karl. I like it. I also sound sick on the voice over. If you think that, you are smart, because it is truth.

Also, time travel. For real. It looks like there is a woman talking on a cell phone in this slowed down clip from Charlie Chaplin's Circus. Weird, right?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Episode #12 of Radio Happy Hour is up

We had Born Ruffians, one of my favorite directors, Andrew Bujalski, and 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress on the show this time. We should have some extras up soon with more songs, interviews and some stand up from Ted Alexandro. He's great, and did the quiz along with Ali Wong, who is in our first Radio Happy Hour short that will be out at the end of the month.

Listen to the podcast here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Announcing: InDefinite Podcast, new from InDigest

InDigest is announcing a new podcast with readings and interviews and the like. It's hosted by me, and features people who are more interesting than me. Get the first installment here.

From InDefinite:
Welcome to InDefinite Podcast, the new weekly podcast from InDigest Magazine. The podcast is going to range from author interviews to discussions to recordings from the InDigest 1207 Reading Series. This first episode features Arthur Phillips recorded live at the October 3rd InDigest 1207 Reading at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Arthur discusses his introduction to the forthcoming publication of “The Tragedy of King Arthur,” which may or may not be the first play William Shakespeare wrote. This is one of the first times Arthur has discussed this book (April 2011, Random House) and what will likely be a somewhat controversial publication. I would start to explain exactly what we mean by “may or may not,” but then you wouldn’t need to listen to the podcast, and it’s far more interesting coming from Arthur. Enjoy.

UK has an iPhone ap that helps citizens report pot-holes

this is awesome and I wish it had existed in MN and WI when I was driving a car still

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We're doing a Radio Happy Hour on Saturday. You should come and say hello.

This episode will feature Born Ruffians, director Andrew Bujalski, and comedians Hannibal Buress, Ali Wong, and Ted Alexandro. It's going to be wonderful.

There are tickets here and we have a new Radio Happy Hour website that you can see here. That's all for now.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop

I just review this movie. It was good. Read it here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kriss Kross

I was having a good time watching Kriss Kross music videos this morning (I have no idea why) and then saw an interview from last year that was kind of sad. Kind of awesome, too. But kind of sad.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

At the Soundtrack Series

I read at The Soundtrack Series recently and I did a little interview for their blog. It's up there now. I was a little tired. All of the things I said are true: I watched Jurassic Park III, I was listening to Randy Newman, and it was the middle of the night.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Episode #11 of Radio Happy Hour, featuring The Postelles, David Dondero, and William Ocean is out now....

So we've released episode #11 of Radio Happy Hour which featured guests The Postelles, David Dondero, and 2009 US Air Guitar Champion William Ocean, as well as some stand up from John and Molly Knefel and cello from Justin Kantor. You can stream the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.

Monday, August 2, 2010

New InDigest Up With the Sun

There is a new issue of InDigest up right now, kids.

It features poetry from Ronaldo Wilson , Steven Karl, Becca Klaver, Martin Rock, Emma Bean, Bianca Stone, and more. New narratives from Abby Frucht, Kyle Francis, and Sam Osterhout. Essays from Careful's Eric Lindley and Rogue Valley's Chris Koza. Plus audio stories, InDialogues, online broadsides, poetry paintings, galleries, and more.

Get it all here:

(The picture is the result of me searching "future birthday" - doesn't necessarily make sense that I searched those terms for this post, but I did, and this is the photo that came up. Now I wish I'd have searched "future dinosaur.")

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010



Powell's just republished my Misadventure review. You can see the original by clicking the cover of the book a few posts below.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Other Dustin Nelsons: On Twitter

From Dustin Nelson's Twitter feed:
So I invited her back to my condo, pronto to continue this convo cuz I know that if I hit that ass thennn shit.. I can prolly hit it again

Thursday, June 24, 2010

40% of Americans believe that Jesus will be here in the next 40 years and Indie Rock Music Videos Suck

From Art & Revelry I posted something about how all indie-rock videos now feature pagan imagery and feature someone running through the woods. It's boring. Stop doing that.

I posted something on the InDigest Blog today as well about why the Pew/Smithsonian research that revealed 40% of American think that Jesus will return to Earth by 2050 is really kind of a screwed up statistic. (It has to do with no caring about anyone and believing we're all fucked anyway...)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Other Dustin Nelsons: June 24, 2010

From the Dorchester Times, in an article titled Dustin Nelson is Area's Newest Master Angler:
Dustin recently reeled in a flathead catfish -- also called yellow cats. The catfish was caught at an area lake (Dustin isn't giving us his secret spot) and weighed in at 18 lbs., 6 oz. It measured 34".

The catch qualifies him for the prestigious sportsman award.

The Nebraska record for a flathead is 80 lbs. The Times has learned Dustin already has plans on how to land an 81 pounder.

Dustin's whopper was released after it was weighed and measured. Dustin said he hopes someone else can have the excitement of catching this granddaddy.

The Times congratulates Dustin on his catch and deserved accolades.

Yes, congratulations other Dustin Nelson. You've given me a good reason to tell people I caught a fish this big.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Radio Happy Hour on The Current.

Twin City Scene did a little write up about Radio Happy Hour and our upcoming airing on The Current. Episode 8 will be aired on Sunday at 9pm CST. You can listen online.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Radio Happy Hour Mixtape

Radio Happy Hour is starting to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the show with a mixtape. It's free. Dig it. It's got Tunde Adebimpe, Cursive, Tapes 'n Tapes, The Hold Steady, David Bazan, Norah Jones, Jolie Holland, Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith, and Andrew WK.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Guest blogs at InDigest & 1207 Readings Coming Up

Today marks the final day of guest blogs from author Jacob Ritari at InDigest. He blogged all week about what is wrong with the selection process for the Nobel Prize in literature and how it's take on international literature is infuriating (and why that might be the reason Yukio Mishima killed himself). Ritari is the author of the forthcoming book from Unbridled Book, Taroko Gorge.

Also, come join InDigest for two InDigest 1207 Reading Series events this week. On Saturday, at 5pm, we have author Ander Monson (whose great new book, Vanishing Point, I reviewed at Bookslut) and Sam Osterhout (of Radio Happy Hour). Then on Tuesday June 1, we've got Leigh Stein, Becca Klaver, and Zachary German at the KGB Bar at 7pm. Come have a drink. Both readings are free, and wonderful. You can find all upcoming 1207 Reading Series dates here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's true. Duotrope robots interviewed me about InDigest. I'm figuring it out.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Visual Poetry

(in all the coverage of this I find it most humorous that no one is questioning why this grown man is wearing a young woman's Justin Beiber t-shirt...)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hoo Ha - New InDigest

After months of work (we've recently altered InDigest from a monthly to a quarterly publication) we've got a new issue of InDigest, and it may very well be the best thing I've tasted since the invention of flour. We've started a new project with InDigest Broadsides (which are lovely little artifacts, this one from CA Conrad). There are interviews with great people like Sharon van Etten, She Keeps Bees, Chris Koza, Matt Weiland, Joseph Rizzo and more. Poetry like mad cakes. Fiction from Franz Nicolay and Mark Hage. A tour diary from Dark Dark Dark. It's mind-blowing; it truly is. Like this photo of a vest ad. It goes well with golf clubs.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Tapes 'n Tapes

A somewhat grainy video, with really great audio, of a new track from Tapes 'n Tapes called "SWM." (It's from Radio Happy Hour in Minneapolis.)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Do the Dead Weather quote Maya Deren here?

New Dead Weather video. It's the fashion is Gothic, and there is a lot of mask wearing, but other parts of it seem to be quoting Maya Deren's "Meshes of the Afternoon." Am I just projecting that onto this video or does anyone else see that happening too?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Good news from InDigest and InDigest 1207 is Tuesday night

Over at the InDigest Blog we've just posted some good news. A story originally published in InDigest has one a Best of the Net award, and two poems from InDigest were finalists for the awards (Nicole Callihan, Ada Limón, and Erica Wright, respectively).

InDigest has also just been made an official member of CLMP (Council of Literary Magazine Presses).

And most importantly, tonight (kind of tomorrow right now, but soon to be tonight) is InDigest 1207 w/ poets CA Conrad and Laura Sims, and essayist Daniel Nester. As per usual things kick off with drinks at 6:30, words at 7. It's free and will be at (le) Poisson Rouge on Bleecker.

Episode #7 of Radio Happy Hour is Out Now!

Episode #7 of Radio Happy Hour, w/ special guests Cursive, author Arthur Phillips, and John & Molly Knefel is out now. You can get a direct download of the podcast here or you can get it for free at the iTunes store.

New John & molly Get Along

Sunday, March 21, 2010


A film I worked on in Minneapolis, called Open, just became the first American film to win the Jury Prize at Berlinale. Not sure when it will play in the US. But congrats to Jake and everyone on that film that made it great. You can see some images, and interview, and other business here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

InDigest 1207 is tonight

InDigest's monthly reading series is tonight at (le) Poisson Rouge with poets Matt Hart and Nate Pritts. I will be down there with Jess hosting the reading, and there will be a lot of poetry that is better than a blog post.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Radio Happy Hour Podcast is up online

The new Radio Happy Hour podcast is up online now. You can listen to it/download it here or get it for free at iTunes here.

This episode features Jolie Holland and Jessi Klein.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Charlie Chaplin

I never posted this.
(Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Chris Rosneau scoring Charlie Chaplin shorts.)

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Radio Happy Hour broadcast our episode with The Hold Steady and Chuck Klosterman on tonight. Pretty awesome.

Also, Scott at Music Taster's Choice made some videos from last weekend's Radio Happy Hour with Jolie Holland and Jessi Klein. You can see Jolie Holland covering Michael Hurley twice here. Pretty awesome.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Act I of Radio Happy Hour

The first act of Saturday's (02.13) Radio Happy Hour with Jolie Holland and Jessi Klein has been posted online. Not perfect footage, and some better stuff is coming, but it's not bad at all. Dig it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Such Beautiful Feet

What's that smell? It's a new issue of InDigest.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Radio Happy Hour, once missing, is found again

We've been off for two months with the Radio Happy Hour stuff. Now, it's starting again, a tour, we'll be on the radio (shhh) someday...., and Jolie Holland w/ Jessi Klein at the February show. Awesome.

Also, bear cam.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010