Tin Hats on the Street of Croccodiles
In January we'll be recording a new CD dedicated to the art and writings of Bruno Schulz. Check back for more information and a release date.
That's magic right there. Bruno Schulz's brief literary output contains some of the most beautiful, delicate, phantasmagorical narratives ever put on paper. They inspire a host of artists I admire, most notably The Brothers Quay whose short fim Street of Croccodiles is nothing short of amazing. Tin Hat Trio's sound is so evocative of Shulz's mysterious, playful and menacing vignettes that it's hard to believe that they haven't been making music about him all along.
In other musical news, I recently picked up the Anthology of American Folk Music. It's a scratchy, dustry trip to America's dark heart. It's a refutation of Laura Bush's fairy tales about those who settled this land. A simpler time? Hardly so. It's difficult to listen to those songs (murder, drunkneness, fear, redemption) and reconcile them with our lives today. After putting the whole collection on my iPod I went to the folkways website and pulled down the rather extensive collection of notes (not Harry Smith's but the more recent ones) and put them in a twiki for easy viewing via the iPod's notes function. So if anyone has been wishing for a more portable version of the liner notes, let me know...
My head's spinning like bicycle wheel these days. I do all my riding up there.