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    Supersonic Lips

    Supersonic Lips

    Eclectic, that’s the best description for the Supersonic Lips sound. A mix of punk guitar, strong beats, melodic synth and powerful vocals, the Dallas based band fights against labels, seeks a broad and diverse public with great results so far.

    Records

    Hinds – Leave Me Alone

    Hinds – Leave Me Alone

    Four young ladies from Spain deliver a three-cord guitar driven throw-back that features elements of garage rock, 60s Velvet Underground lo-fi production, with a punk aesthetic. Hinds’ debut album Leave Me Alone is a propitious, auspicious indie-rock gem. They pen their own tunes, are paying their dues on the road, and are not some manufactured gimmick.

    Books

    The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer

    The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer

    People go to bars for different reasons: you have those who truly like bars. And you have those with other intentions in mind. The latter, by the way, are now better served by the online dating services that inundate the web these days. If you fall within the first category, there is no doubt this is your book. If you are kind of on the fence, this book may help dissipate your hesitations. But if you, sorry my friend, don’t feel particularly attached to bars, you’d probably be better off reading about the reproduction of mammals in the African savanna.

    Literature

    Magic Realism and Grappling with Fear

    Magic Realism and Grappling with Fear

    The world is hungry for magic. There is an enchantment in every recorded culture with the baffling and the unexplainable, an enduring search for whatever underlying hoodoo jives with and rearranges predictable existences. Well recorded responses to mysticism and the uncertain have ranged from stonings to developing cults to writing bestselling novels, but moderate responses to what we do not understand appear to be limited, or to not exist at all. In the realm of literature, what is confusing and, often, strange is bread and butter—the needed fodder for ideological exchange, for the development of assumption shattering introspection.

    Literature

    Pepitas de Calabaza: “Easy topics are for the rest”

    Pepitas de Calabaza: “Easy topics are for the rest”

    If we are what we read, shouldn’t we ponder about our reading diet, how do we choose our authors, how do stories become our own? Recently, I’ve been wondering about books, about how they get to our hands, how do we choose them… or do they choose us? In the long process that starts with a voice and a story to tell, the editor becomes a key to the door to an author’s world. That is precisely why Pepitas de Calabaza, a Spanish grassroots editorial, is so important and to have the opportunity to glance into their worlds is nothing short than a gift.

    Records

    Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

    Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

    Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is a harrowing, unfocused, at times thrilling opus. The Life of Pablo is Kanye’s first musical (I emphasize musical) misstep. Kanye recklessly shares it all. America’s biggest rock star is refusing to age gracefully and hell bent on fulfilling his anti-hero manifesto.

    Own Horn

    Cruzando el Border – Pepitas de Calabaza

    Cruzando el Border – Pepitas de Calabaza

    Bienvenidos a Cruzando el Border, la serie de meses dedicados a editoriales que publican literatura en español, a este y al otro lado del charco. Durante dos meses, dedicaremos la mayor parte de nuestra sección en español a una de nuestras editoriales preferidas, con eventos y actividades relacionados con la misma.

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