Brave Combo | Musical Varieties
Ive been looking for an excuse to glorify Dentons favorite
polka band since I got this gig. (Denton, Texas, that is.) Critics
have tagged Brave Combos kinetic style as nuclear polka,
and while thats a handy term, it doesnt quite capture
the adventurous slap-happy spirit of David Byrnes own wedding
band. While 1995s Polkas For a Gloomy World had a better title,
1987s Musical Varieties offers more, um, musical variety.
From polka (Viva Seguin) to tango (La Cumparsita)
to a knockout cover of Perez Prados Skokiaan,
this discs incredible.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | by Mark Haddon
Haddons debut novel generated a big buzz last year; give it
a read and youll see why. A murder mystery of sorts —
the lead character is driven to find out who killed a neighbors
poodle — Incident is ultimately a journey inside the life
and mind of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic boy who understands
logic more than love. Curious, compelling, and quietly heart-wrenching.
The Best of Outside: The First 20 Years | the Editors of
Every time Im laid up sick and run out of things to read,
I crack open this 1997 collection and revisit one of its fine essays.
You want inspiring? Try Peruvian Gothic, by Kate Wheeler.
Breathtaking? John Krakauers original Everest essay. Tender?
Annick Smith, The Blackfoot Years. Hilarious? Donald
R. Katzs visit with Reg Mellor, the pugnacious Brit who stuffs
live ferrets down his trousers (The King of the Ferret Leggers).
This book is proof that, behind all that chest-thumping adrenaline
flash, Outside runs some of the best features in the business.
Hands on a Hard Body | d. S.R. Bindler, 1997
No, it aint a porn film — really, I thought you knew
me better — but a documentary about an endurance contest staged
by a Nissan dealer in Longview, Texas. From a simple premise —
whoever can keep a gloved hand on a pickup truck for the longest
amount of time wins the truck — comes a film that is hilarious,
touching, a trifle strange, and, yes, full of suspense. (It takes
more than 70 hours for the last hand to fall.) If you can get your
hands on it — try Amazon, Netflix, or your favorite local
video store — you wont regret it.
Liberty Ale | Anchor Steam Brewing
These are glory years for the beer drinkers among us- — every
third burg has its own microbrewery, and they all put Milwaukee
to shame — but few can match San Franciscos Anchor Steam.
One of the first of the microbrewers, and still one of the best.