Thursday, February 10, 2011

Claudia Rankine / Albums of 2011

I’m back after the big yearly trip to the AWP Bookfair. And then coming back to the disaster of catching up. So I’m slowly catching up, and I’ll be posting soon on several things/thoughts I had or saw while in DC.

Claudia Rankine’s reading was quite interesting. If you haven’t heard about it, she started off by having Nick Flynn read Tony Hoagland’s poem “It Changed” (I think that’s the title?), and then she read her reaction to its depiction of race. Then she read an email reaction to her reaction from Tony Hoagland (wherein he calls her thoughts on race naive). Finally, she read her reaction to Hoagland’s reaction. I hope the whole thing gets put up somewhere.

Other things: The idea that somehow irony and sincerity are an opposing binary. I’d like to think more about that. And then various other ticks and tocks, including a new season of albums that are out or coming out over the next few months.

Already out

British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall

Destroyer - Kaputt

John Vanderslice – White Wilderness

Deerhoof - Deerhoof Vs. Evil

Apex Manor (ex-The Broken West) - The Year Of Magical Drinking

Robert Pollard - Space City Kicks

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Tennis - Cape Dory

Hands & Knees - Wholesome

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

Death - Spiritual, Mental, Physical

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

The Radio Dept. - Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010

Mean Creek - Hemophiliac EP

One Happy Island / Standard Fare - Standard Fare on One Happy Island

David Lowery – The Palace Guards


Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence (2/15)

Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots (2/15)

Bright Eyes – The People's Key by (2/15)

Cowboy Junkies – Demons (Songs of Vic Chesnutt) (2/15)

Sonic Youth — Simon Werner a Disparu (2/15)

Eksi Ekso – Brown Shark, Red Lion (2/15)

Lifeguards (Robert Pollard & Doug Gillard) - Waving at the Astronauts

East River Pipe - We Live In Rented Rooms (2/15)

Jonny (Norman of Teenage Fanclub & Euros of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci)

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Yuck – Yuck

Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps

Beach Fossils - What a Pleasure EP

The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh


Lucinda Williams – Blessed

Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer

Middle Brother – Middle Brother

Buffalo Tom - Skins

R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now

Wye Oak - Civilian

Brave Irene (featuring Rose Melberg) - self-titled debut EP (3/15)

Eleventh Dream Day - Riot Now! (3/15)

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar (3/15)

J. Mascis - Several Shades of Why (3/15)

Acid House Kings - Music Sounds Better With You (3/22)

Eldridge Rodriguez (of The Beatings) - You Are Released (3/22)

Mars Classroom (Robert Pollard w/Gary Waleik of Big Dipper) – The New Theory of Everything

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck (3/29)

Obits - Moody, Standard and Poor (3/29)

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong (3/29)


The Feelies – Here Before (4/12)

Low – C’mon (4/12)

Jonny (Norman of Teenage Fanclub & Euros of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) -- self-titled debut (4/12)

The One AM Radio - Heaven Is Attached By A Slender Thread

Bill Callahan (Smog) - Apocalypse (4/19)

Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz

Other Things

Idaho - "Revoluta" (May?)

Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" (May 3)

Crooked Fingers - TBA

LoveLikeFire - "Dust" (physical version in Spring, out now digitally)

Southeast Engine - "Canary" (Spring)

David Bazan - "Strange Negotiations"


Wild Flag – full-length TBA, 7-inch in March

The Wooden Birds - TBA

Hallelujah the Hills - record album III

Beach Fossils - TBA

Thurston Moore - Benediction

Pinback - TBA

Ladybug Transistor - TBA

The Sheila Divine

The Rationales - "The Distance In Between

M83 – full-length TBA

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Vol. 2

Death Cab For Cutie – TBA

Kate Bush - TBA

The Maybes

Big Dipper

Gary Waleik (of Big Dipper) and Bob Fay

You Can Be A Wesley

Camera Obscura



The Shins

The Long Winters

The Wrens


At 2/10/2011 5:24 AM, Anonymous Eric A said...

She posted her response on her site: (click on AWP)

At 2/10/2011 7:10 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


Thanks, but that's only Part 1. The next part was the email from Hoagland. That, I think, was the most fascinating bit of the whole event. In the poem, one can say he's working with a character, or a type, but the way he defends the poem, and pushes back against the piece she posted on her website, is, well, fascinating.

And then her response to his response. I wish there were a way to get the four documents in a row. Like I say, as it is here, it's only the first, ahem, volley.

At 2/10/2011 11:15 AM, Blogger Fuzz Against Junk said...

It would be nice to see the second half of that, John. Definitely post it, if it shows up anywhere.

It seems the highlight of AWP will always involve Tony Hoagland. Last year, Donald Revell and him sparred about the future of poetry, and it was the best panel I saw.

At 2/10/2011 11:29 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

How funny. I was there too. maybe we sat together and didn't even know it.

I really wish I could find that email from TH, and the response from Rankine.

The poem with her first response is interesting, but the real meat is in Hoagland's email. It's a discussion well worth having.

At 2/10/2011 1:17 PM, Blogger Fuzz Against Junk said...

Is it possible you could paraphrase? I've found a few summaries on the net, but none do it justice. Not that any summary is a substitute, of course.

I'm surprised how condescending TH is in this whole matter. On one hand, I sympathize with the idea that speakers in poems are not the author, but his defense that, "this is a poem for white people" seems at odds with that notion.

At 2/10/2011 1:20 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I'm working on it, but I've not gotten much yet. Maybe I can get something tomorrow.

At 2/10/2011 1:39 PM, Blogger Elisa said...

I would really like to see the whole thing too. The naive remark is incredibly condescending. Isn't it naive to think that simply being honest about your stereotypes excuses them?

I've been thinking (and posting) about the irony/sincerity thing too. I've come to this conclusion: irony and sincerity are not an opposing binary. However, irony and not-irony are. :)

At 2/10/2011 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harriet today doesn't have the whole thing, but it has a pretty good summary of the whole thing so far. I feel, anyway, from the summary, I know all I need to know. I'm not in the mood to discuss it now, but for those who want the summary...

Thomas Brady

At 2/10/2011 5:26 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I saw that, but it was from someone who wasn't there. It's just a report of the one blog post that's the only version out there.

If the Hoagland email and the response to it that Rankine read were posted, then there would be a better context for his "naive" remark that's being quoted, slightly differently than I remember it. I'm not saying that to defend him. Just that I want to have the context clarified.


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