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Lunch tonight was: Carnitas, carnne asada and pollo tacos from the place by the Harley Davidson store. Washed down with a half litre Mexican coke!

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Alex V. Cook is an author, journalist and music critic living Baton Rouge, LA. His work has appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, DownBeat, Paste Magazine, Hails and Horns and The Wire, and his first collection of essays Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Culture was published by Side Cartel in 2006.

He is the music editor for, editor for Sweet Tooth, and a frequent contributor to 225 Magazine, OffBeat and Country Roads.

He is a founding contributor to the Badasses of Contemporary Composition blog.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

War! Good God, ya'll! what is it good for?

Available from The Wire's mp3 library, here is a rather sobering recording of Lebanese improvising trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj "duetting with the Israeli Air Force" as it drops bombs around his Beruit apartment.

Mazen Kerbaj - "Starry Night (excerpt)" (download) or (stream)

At first, it sounds like some interesting (if you are into this sort of thing, and I am) droney noodling on the trumpet until you get 1:30 into it.

More info on the artist, including some very cool informal artwork like the piece above, can be found at these

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Funny, Even For Indie Rock

viral commercial whatever thingy for the new Bonnie Prince Billy record