Monthly Archives: May 2009

New Short Short: Basics

My new short short, Basics, is up at Matchbook, a new feed-style lit mag edited by Brian Mihok and Edward Mullany. It’s about a sport I made up, like Quiddich but sexier. Matchbook is also having contributors write a little essay to appear right beside the story, a cool way to set themselves apart, so I did one of those too.

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New Remix: Big Poppa

Here’s the album’s other Biggie remix. Both this one and “Cali” feature a spooky (reverby) distant higher-pitched doppleganger rapping alongside with Biggie. In this one, they start trading lines around 3:45.

Gabe Durham – Big Poppa (MySpace)

Composed of:

Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
Damien Rice – Volcano
Andrew Bird – Happy Birthday

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Crick Reading

Francis Crick

Francis Crick

Adam Cogbill has roped me and friends into reading and playing music at his prestigious Except for Tim Reading Series.

May 20th, (Wednesday)
7:00 @ The Creek

Rachel B. Glaser
Christy Crutchfield
Gabe Durham
The music of the Cinnamon Urns

(email me for directions)

New Remix: Paper Planes

Now summer ’09 can be summer ’08 all over again!

Gabe Durham – Paper Planes (MySpace)

Composed of:

MIA – Paper Planes
Blind Melon – No Rain
TV on the Radio – Crying
Animal Collective – My Girls
Beyonce – Single Ladies
Proclaimers – I Met You
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!

It’s best enjoyed if followed by the “Show Me Forgiveness” remix. They form a 2-song thingey.

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Bookspot Central Interview is Up

The generous Brian Lindenmuth interviewed me for Bookspot Central as part of his salt-on-woundly-titled “Conversations with the Bookless” series.

Mostly the site is into genre fiction, and Brian got in touch after reading my part-time cop story in Thieves Jargon and called it crime fiction, which made me feel hard-boiled and muscled.

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Los Angeles came to us / chapbook / MAR people

We went to see Sara Watkins and her brother Sean at the Iron Horse on Tuesday. Liz impacted the set, getting Sara to play “In Tall Buildings” for her encore. Good work Liz, good work Sara. Her new album is solid–it’s got covers of John Hartford, Jon Brion, David Garza, Tom Waits, others, and seven originals, my favorite of which (maybe) is “Where Will You Be.” It’s produced by John Paul Jones and has Benmont Tench and all those Largo ringers on it.

Along with Jack’s chapbook, Mike just put out a new chapbook by Jimmy Chen called Typewriter. It’s about the internet, and investigates internet weirdness from a number of funny and insightful angles.

When I got my call about getting a story in Mid-American Review last week (mmm!), I was re-inspired to read the copy of MAR (XXIX, Number 1) that my neighbor friends gave me for my birthday. I was surprised to find so many right-up-my-alley wild stories from such a reputable lit magazine. The stories of Mattew Eck, Becky Hagenston, and Baird Harper, are so well-sculpted. I felt my interest considered, my time unwasted.

And then that got me off on the stories of Michael Czyzniejewski, which themselves have the aesthetic of the MAR stories/Aimee Bender/Etagr Keret. I like them a lot. Here they are:

– The Athiest Reconsiders (with notes)

– Nephophobia

– Wind (my favorite of the three)