A few snippets for your Monday afternoon:
Via Pitchfork:The list of bands Peter Ellenby has photographed since he began in 1994 reads like the graduation announcement for a whole class full of indie rock elites, from role models such as Sonic Youth, the Flaming Lips, Frank Black, and Mike Watt to the more recent likes of Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
To commemorate Ellenby's work, Chronicle Books released the first book-length collection of his photographs this week. The book's name is Every Day Is Saturday, and it comes with a 21-track compilation of previously released songs by the bands featured in the photographs, including Death Cab, Grandaddy, Beulah, American Music Club, John Vanderslice, and John Doe. Doe (originally of X) also wrote the foreword to the book, and Tim Scanlin of Actionslacks wrote the introduction.
Full compliation tracklist here.
Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep, one of our favorite reads of 2006, will be at Newtonville Books tomorrow at 7 pm. It's part of their Books & Brews series, so go buy her a drink and have her sign your book. We'll be there, and possibly will return with a little report about it on Wednesday, just in case you decide to care.
Finally, what the hell is up with Ms. Emma Watson suddenly deciding she might be too busy to spend her entire life making Harry Potter movies? Okay, no. Let's clarify. We Heart Emma Watson (even though she's clearly a bazillion times more gorgeous than Hermione is supposed to be according to J.K. Rowling, which makes her blossiming transformation in recent volumes all the more "shocking"), and we also completely understand her need to take a step back from the HP whirlwind -- especially since she's making top marks in school and could be moving on to bigger and better things. Still. It's not okay. Either way, we're thinking we're going to dress up as Hermione Granger for Halloween this year, as 05's Angelina Jolie was a little too...pedestrian. High-brow style all the way for '06. Obvs. PS, it would really be great if a giving, bookish, and artistically minded soul out there would be willing to sew us a lush black cape and hand-embroider the Gryffindor crest on it. What? It's not that hard.
More importantly, if you're planning on going as anything remotely connected to literature for HWEEN 06, we totes want to hear about it. And feel free to email us pictures...we may even do a little US WEEKLY style round-up of literary-themed costumes. You'd like that, wouldn't you?