¶ You know the soft verse/loud chorus/soft verse dynamics of Kurt Cobain? It left its mark on a zillion bands. Kurt himself stole it from the Pixies, as he often liked to point out. Ten years ago, I went through a phase when every mixtape I made had Juliana Hatfield's "Universal Heartbeat" on it. It takes that Nirvana-esque song structure and dresses it up in alt-pop clothes, accessorizing it with electric piano for the verse and power guitars for the chorus. Why it was never a hit I'll never know. But Fluxblog's got it. And you should go get it.
¶ Mr. Culturespace sprinkles handy links all over these music roundups.
¶ Cinephiliac Aaron Hillis doesn't just slap links up on his sidebar like the rest of us. He creates custom graphics for them. In my case, he picked (so thoughtfully) Wong Kar-Wai's Days Of Being Wild. (Thanks, Aaron.)
¶ The much-loved annual Indian festival Diwali (or Festival of Lights) was this week. In celebration, here's some nifty Diwali artwork by Sanjay Patel.
¶ Maud on those pink chick-lit books: "Women's studies, my ass."
¶ While minor Hollywood films command major promotion budget dollars, the work of some of the world's best filmmakers — so many of them from Asia — slips quietly to DVD: Tropical Malady.
¶ William Gass in The Believer on teaching: "I was very limited. I was basically a classroom lecturer. And I wasn’t terribly good at seminars or with tutorials. I certainly didn’t feel as comfortable, and that may be because, as Stein said of Pound, I’m a village explainer."
¶ Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the New York Times: "I'm fascinated by pop stars who seem to come from another planet. David Bowie, Bjork, Michael Jackson — they're like aliens. They've made their own reality."