One read, three listens

Culture-y stuff I’m taking in this week:

At the recommendImageation of a coworker, I’m reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta for my new book club (inaugural meeting on Sunday!). According to my Kindle, I’m 65% of the way through the book’s 355 pages, and so far I’d give it a 78% amazing rating. I’m also catching up on about 45 recent issues of The New Yorker. Why is it so impossible to keep on top of that pile?

I’m always – practically every hour – adding new music to my Spotify playlists. This week, I’ve been rotating a few albums:

Locked Down by Dr. John, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. I happened upon a free Dr. John concert in Prospect Park last summer, and it was one of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time. He had everyone dancing, from the old ladies in front to the hipsters crowding up in back. With Dr. John, no one’s too cool to let loose. This album is a departure from his usual jazzy New Orleans R&B sound, moving into more of what Rolling Stone calls “voodoo-gumbo jazz funk.” Listen to it. There’s no way you won’t replay…and replay again. One of my favorites of the year so far.

Blunderbuss by Jack White. I mean, we’re all listening to this, right? I am enjoying it so far, but not loving it as much as I’ve loved most of his music when I first hear it. What am I missing?

Ginko by bluegrass/folk singer Joan Shelley. This album was released on Ol Kentuck records, a label founded by Joan’s fellow Kentucky-based singer-songwriter, Daniel Martin Moore. What hooked me on Joan was this video of her performing with Daniel in the historic Emery Theater in Cincinnati. Pure bliss. My friend called it “sleepy.” I call it “instant stress relief.”

What else should I be listening to? Do tell.

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