Noted with minimal comment:
- Add to Ellie Kemper another former student making it in showbiz: Damien Chazelle, who was actually in high school when I taught him number theory, had a feature in the Tribeca Film Festival.
- Can William Langewiesche write a boring magazine feature? If so, it is not this one about a Brazilian prison gang. (Langewiesche previously on this blog.)
- The Judybats are more thoroughly forgotten than they should be. Frontman Jeff Heiskell, a decade after the last Judybats release (and fifteen years after the last Judybats release anyone heard) sounds bitter about it. If you like the fact that Heiskell says, in this interview, “My rectum draws up tight like a little antique button,” you will probably like their records. Here’s the video for “Native Son.” Look at these beautiful 1990s mid-South college town hepcats!
Yellow Ostrich was a band from Appleton and now is a band from Brooklyn like everyone else. They put on a great show at the Gates of Heaven synagogue last spring, right before the move east. Here’s the simple and compelling “Whale”:
- People like to complain that today’s parents are too fond of giving kids names with novelty spellings. But have you met a kid named Gregg lately?