Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Your brain lights up with happiness."


Cover by Daniel Carrillo
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As much time as I spend reading The Stranger, you'd think there'd be a lot more posts about them. I know I made a big production about not reading Slog (it can get pretty toxic) in the new year, but it's as irresistible as cake!
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I've enjoyed the increase of local artists on the cover. It was just two weeks ago that Justin Colt Beckman's "Black Bear" was the cover. Tonight, I saw that Daniel Carrillo's "Mr Kardinal" (after artist Shaun Kardinal -- who will be in a great show called "Dearly, Madly" opening Feb 26 at Howard House. It's curated by Robert Yoder. I've loved the previous curatorial efforts by Gretchen Bennett and Matt Offenbacher!) is on the front of this week's Stranger. Congrats to Daniel (and kudos to The Stranger for its inclusion).
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Ethereal songstress, Jamie Spiess (photo via ?)
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AND Eric Grandy sits down with the talented Jamie Spiess (shown above indulging in another passion -- baking cakes!). Here is an excerpt from the interview:
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"Spiess says her songs are more "like little tales," and while there's nothing wrong with her guitar playing or her winsome voice, her lyrics are by far their most arresting feature. Her stark songs are teeming with ghosts—of her friends, of her horse, of imagined and yearned for babies—and image-rich details: walnut shells, apple trees, blackberries, bassinets, cold hands, empty apartments, selfish mouths, lifted skirts." - Eric Grandy
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And lastly, Jen Graves' article on the SAAM show, "Garden and Cosmos" finally got me excited enought to want to go see it! How can you deny going to a show about which she says, "Your brain lights up with happiness."

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