Neko Case and her Strays

Neko Case and her “strays” — a half-dozen pianos in varying degrees of disrepair that she has collected — in her Vermont barn during the recording of her latest record, Middle Cyclone. From New York Times Magazine profile by Daniel Menaker.


Mailing Today

Jon Jordan prepares to ship the magazine.

Managed to catch a rather unflattering expression.

Don't worry. 

He is very excited to be mailing.

Below we see Dianne's car chock full of media.

And below that, the glorious cover. Cutest Brian Azz photo ever taken. Ever.

Oh, and today UNCAGE ME makes it's appearance in bookstores. La.

All Bowed Before the Great Gibbon

2112 Mullet

Geddy Lee and fine funk of hair.


All Togethers

From DJ Earworm

A deficit of wonder.

This is what’s wrong with the world. Everything is explained now. We live in an age when you say casually to somebody ‘What’s the story on that?’ and they can run to the computer and tell you within five seconds. That’s fine, but sometimes I’d just as soon continue wondering. We have a deficit of wonder right now.

— Tom Waits


Walking in the park just the other day, baby.

Whadda ya, whadda ya think I saw?

From AP news -  Robert Plant received a royal honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday, putting the former Led Zeppelin front man one notch above his old band mate Jimmy Page.

But, Plant joked he and Page would not be fighting over rank, even though Plant's new Commander of the British Empire is a higher honor than Page's Order of the British Empire.

If we can remember each other's phone number at this time in life it's a miracle," he joked. "We're still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being from rather the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years."

Plant opted not to take part in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour last year, choosing instead to concentrate on his collaboration with American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Also receiving the CBE on Friday was English actress Liz Smith, 87, who appeared on the British TV series "The Royle Family."