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May 28, 2009

{David Lynch - Dark Night of the Soul}


Once more for the locals...

One of my all-time favorite directors David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, Mullholland Drive) will be showing original artwork he created for the upcoming album Dark Night of the Soul, featuring music by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. The album features guest vocals from: Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Iggy Pop, Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) and many more.

The exhibition opens this saturday (May 30th) at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles and will consist of a two-room installation designed by Lynch and Danger Mouse that will allow visitors to experience the artwork and music at the same time.

Lynch is planning to mount some 50 of the photographs he created for the album on aluminum panels positioned around the gallery. Selections from the album (which will be released this summer) will play throughout the installation.

The director's photographs will also be published in a book to be released along with the album. If his photos are anything like his movies, we can expect a lot of mysterious blonds, red curtains, eccentric dwarfs and references to small-town American life.

You can stream the album in it's entirety over at NPR

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{Brightblack Morning Light}


Once again locals...New Mexico psych rock duo Brightblack Morning Light will be playing at the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts this Friday (May 29th) making their only Southern California performance.

Have a listen to "Black Feather Wishes Rise" courtesy of Covert Curiousity

Also listen to "Hologram Buffalo" or "Oppressions Each" courtesy of Cause=Time

Hear more from Brighblack Morning Light's MySpace

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{Metric - "Sick Muse"}

Here's the new viddy for "Sick Muse". Have I mentioned lately that I'm in love with Emily Haines?

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{The Answer Man}

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I got this interesting trailer in my inbox today...from first-time director John Hindman, comes The Answer Man, a romantic comedy starring Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale), Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker). Magnolia Pictures will premiere THE ANSWER MAN On Demand June 26 and will release in theaters July 24.

The plot revolves around Arlen Faber (Daniels) a reclusive author of "Me and God," a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation and has been translated into over 100 languages. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his still wildly popular book, Arlen is still sought after as the man who has all the answers. Arlen's life collides with Elizabeth (Graham), a single mom raising her seven year-old son, and Kris (Taylor Pucci), a young man fresh out of rehab who is searching for meaning. Both Elizabeth and Kris are hopeful that Arlen has the answers, but the truth is, he hasn't got a clue. The film also stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno).

View the Trailer right here...

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{Passion Pit}


Attention locals...Passion Pit will perform at the Echoplex this friday (May 29th) and saturday at The Glass House (May 30th). Much like Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend, this Massachusetts band has been receiving alot of love from music bloggers for their debut album Manners.

Have a listen to "Little Secrets" courtesy of The Panic Manual

Also listen to "Make Light" or "The Reeling" courtesy of Song By Toad

Here's the video for "The Reeling"...

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May 26, 2009



Eels (aka Mark Everett) returns with a new album titled Hombre Lobo, which is out on June 2nd!!! This is a rock album...far removed from the earnestness of Blinking Lights. With Hombre Loco it appears as though Mr. E's sense of humor has returned.

Here's a sampler to listen to the first single "Fresh Blood", the UK single "That Look You Give That Guy", and a personal favorite called "Prizefighter". Give 'em a listen Right Here

Here's the video for "Fresh Blood"...

Purchase Eels albums Right Here

Hear more from Eels MySpace

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{Grizzly Bear}


Brooklyn foursome Grizzly Bear premiere their sophomore album Veckatimest on MySpace Music!

The album gets its name from a Massachusetts island that the group visited while recording. It was produced by Grizzly Bear's own Chris Taylor (bass, woodwinds). Other band members include Ed Droste (vocals), Christopher Bear (drums) and Daniel Rossen (vocals/guitar). The band's new album is the follow-up to 2006's Yellow House.

Listen to Veckatimest in it's entirety Right Here

Here's the video for "Two Weeks"...

Two Weeks

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{An Horse}


I've been loving this album soo much I got their publicity team to give away a copy of the album with a poster to the first email I get...this package has been won.

The Australian duo have recently released their debut album titled Rearrange Beds. Be sure to head over to the band's MySpace to hear more, as this band is quickly become one of my favs.

Have a listen to this standout...

"Camp Out"

Here's the video for "Camp Out"...

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{Regina Spektor}


Last week we got the new Regina Spektor tune "Laughing With" from her forthcoming album Far (slated for a June 23rd release). This week we get another new tune "Blue Lips"!

Listen to "Blue Lips" and "Laughing With" courtesy of We All Want Someone To Shout For

Also hear two superb live recordings (of "Fidelity" and "Ghost Of Corporate Future") from her Live In California 2006 EP courtesy of Zeon's Music Blog

Here's Regina performing "Blue Lips" on Jools Holland...

Here's the video for "Fidelity"...

Hear more from Regina Spektor's MySpace

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{Sally Shapiro}


Sally Shapiro and Paper Bag Records are pleased to announce the release of the Swedish italo-disco sweetheart's long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut Disco Romance in early fall of 2009. Sally will first be releasing her single "Miracle" on Paper Bag Records in North America on June 16th.

"Miracle" is written and produced by Johan Agebjörn and Roger Gunnarsson, and includes a remix by up-and-coming Bulgarian producer Bogdan Irkük. Sally will soon reveal the details for her sophomore release, which will include collaborations with German nu-disco producer Tensnake and Swedish italo disco duo Cloetta Paris.

Have a listen...


Here's a couple of my old fav Sally Shapiro tunes...

"He Keeps Me Alive"

"I'll Be By Your Side"

Hear more from Sally Shapiro's MySpace

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{Inglourious Basterds}


Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited WWII epic Inglourious Basterds premiered at the Cannes Film Festival the other day, and so far it's gotten some pretty mixed reviews. One thing I'm certain of is that it will have it's fair share of violence with comedy.

View a sneak clip courtesy of Trailer Addict

View the original trailr right here...

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Known as the former frontman of Ghosthustler, Austin based Alan Palomo returns as the brains behind his new project VEGA, whose synth-pop rhythms, lilting harmonies, dreamy vocals and upbeat, disco-style have quickly attracted a growing fan-base of loyal followers – catapulting the name and the music amongst some of the biggest names right now.

With recent collaborations with artists like Todd Edwards (Daft Punk), Treasure Fingers, Futurecop, Kill the Noise, VEGA announces the exciting debut of his very own premiere EP “Well Known Pleasures” on Vogue College Records.

Here's the debut track "No Reasons"...

"No Reasons"

Watch the last few minutes of Scrubs right here...

Here's VEGA playing "No Reasons" Live, opening up for Crystal Castles (Read about their drama with crystal Castles from the Dallas Observer) last month in Austin, Texas...

Hear more from VEGA's MySpace

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{Mark Kozelek}


Mark Kozelek's (former frontman of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters) new album Lost Verses Live is now streaming in it's entirety over on his MySpace!

Lost Verses Live was recorded live during Kozelek’s 2007 and 2008 acoustic tours with Red House Painters guitarist Phil Carney. The fourteen songs on the album primarily represent Kozelek’s work with Sun Kill Moon, but also include selections from the Red House Painters as well as some selections from his solo catalog.

Here's the video for Sun Kill Moon's "Gentle Moon"...

Listen to the album in it's entirtye from Mark Kozelek's MySpace

Order Lost Verses Live Right Here

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Royksopp have made the Chateau Marmont remix of their new single ‘The Girl & The Robot (featuring Robyn)’, which will release on June 22nd available as a free download!

Give it a listen...

"The Girl & The Robot feat. Robyn (Chateau Marmont Remix)

You can stream the new album Junior in it's entirety at their Official Site (just click on the album)

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May 21, 2009

{Tori Amos}


Stream Tori Amos' new album in it's entirety!

Tori Amos returns with “Maybe California” off the forthcoming album Abnormally Attracted to Sin (out May 19th).

Download "Maybe California" courtesy of Pampelmoose

Watch the video Right Here

Listen to the album in it's entirety at Tori Amos' MySpace

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May 11, 2009

{Faded Paper Figures}

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Attention locals...Irvine's Faded Paper Figures play a FREE gig at Chapman University (Henley Basement) in Orange CA!

Faded Paper Figures play quirky electronic pop that help but get comparisons to The Postal Service. Below is a standout from their debut album Dynamo (Shorthand Records).

Have a listen...

"Polaroid Solution"

Hear more from Faded Paper Figures MySpace

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{Scrubs Finale}


I spent the weekend getting caught up on shows I tivo'd last week and I recently got around to watching the Scrubs finale. I gotta admit, I haven't watched the show for some time and only begn casually watching after I knew it was coming to an end. I think that the show had ran it's course and the punchlines became predictable, but there's no arguing the fact that in the early seasons this show was one of the funniest shows on the telly.

The closing moments are touching and funny, until they take it overboard with their signature 'over the top' humor. The song is Peter Gabriel covering The Magnetic Fields "The Book of Love" and it is fantastic! I guess it was originally featured in the movie Shall We Dance, which explains why I never heard it before.

Have a listen...

"The Book of Love"

Watch the last few minutes of Scrubs right here...

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{Jens Lekman}


A friend and I recently declared the month of May thee official Jens Lekman month!!! I could have easily put together a nice little mix of Jens tunes, but I'm betting you savvy readers already familiar with Jens' material (if not head over to Hype Machine and give "Black Cab", "The Opposite of Hallelujah", "Your Arms Around Me", or "Postcard To Nina" a listen).

So I opted to put together a little mix of Jens inspired tunes! You may recognize the opening riff of Jens' "Black Cab" from the '60s pop tune "Something on my Mind" from Left Banke. There's always a mention of the Motown influence on Jens' music, which is apparent on "Sweet Summers Night on Hammer Hill" where you can hear the groove of Martha Reeves an The Vandelles "Heat Wave", but I think his uptempo tunes pay alot of homage to the Northern Soul of the '60s (Northern Soul was a sub-genre of soul music, here's the wiki) such as Pookie Hudson's "It Gets To Me". I've also included Television Personalities "Someone To Share My Life With", which Jens covered. The music and (and often funny) lyrics can also be heard in material from Magnetic Fields, Jonathan Richman, Robyn Hitchcock, Dexy's Midnight Runners, and Morrissey.

So here's my Jens Lekman Inspired Mix...

Left Banke - "Something on my Mind"

Magnetic Fields - "Love Goes Home to Paris in the Spring"

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "(Your Love is Like A) Heat Wave"

Television Personalities - "Someone To Share My Life With"

Jonathan Richman - "Not Yet Three"

Robyn Hitchcock - "Mexican God"

Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green"

Pookie Hudson - "This Gets To Me"

Morrissey - "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"

I couldn't post a Jens Lekman and not give you any Jens tunes, so here's one from When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (a collection of early material) and the other is from his tour only EP he was selling the last time he toured the states, it's titled Four Songs By Arthur Russell...

"A Higher Power"

"A Little Lost"

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{Jarvis Cocker}


Jarvis Cocker (former frontman of the Britpop group Pulp) is back with a new album titled Further Complications. The first single "Angela" was released a few weeks back and shows the new direction he is heading.

Recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini the album features Jarvis in indie-rock territory, which doesn't always showcase his talents. There are however a few gems on the album, which officially releases May 19th.

Here's the first single...


This one, however, is one of my favs that sounds like classic Jarvis...

"I Never Said I Was Deep"

Hear more from Jarvis Cocker's MySpace

Pre-order Further Complications Right Here

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{The Dears Concert Giveaways}

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The Dears and Eulogies have headed out on tour this month and I've got a pair of tix to giveaway for their San Diego show at The Casbah (5/22) and a pair to giveaway for their Los Angeles Echoplex (5/23) gigs!!!

First people to email me wins a pair...just let me know which gig you wish to attend! UPDATE...the pair of LA tix have been given away, I still have a pair of tix for San Diego!

That's not all...I also have a few B-Sides/Rarities from The Dears' latest album Missiles to pass along!

The first B-Side/Rarity is titled "Halfmast"

About the song...
"For whatever reason the clock ran out and we just couldn't fit this onto Missiles. It has this ridiculous long section at the end that features 4(!) simultaneous guitar solos, one of them on a wah-wah pedal. The solos were played by George Donoso III, Robert E. Benvie, Patrick Krief and Murray Lightburn, recorded in the same session, one after the other. The track was inspired by many things, but notably, the prospect of a black man running for president."


The second B-Side/Rarity "Crisis 1&2 (Boy/Boy Version"

About the song...
Dears frontman Murray Lightburn explains: This was the very first completed song written for Missiles, at the stage where I couldn't bring myself to play it for anyone, not even Natalia. Eventually, Natalia stepped up to the mic to sing the first half. My preferred version is the one that ultimately made it onto the final master only. I like the sound of Natalia's voice and when most heard the album this song was of note. I don't think that would have been the case if I sang both halves....

"Crisis 1&2 (Boy/Boy Version"

The third B-Side/Rarity "Meltdown In A Major (OG Demo Version)"

About the song...
From Murray: Because of my limited drum vocabulary, this is where the song was headed originally. I still like this version very much because of its kind of Coldplay vibe and if it stayed this way, this might've been a single and we maybe would've gotten played on Mix 96. However, the delicate drums on the final version capture the essence what the song was about. The difference between the two versions captures what the Dears is all about: pop deconstruction.

"Meltdown In A Major (OG Demo Version)"

Ok enough Rarities, have a listen to a standout from their latest album Missles, as well as my fav song off their previous album Gang of Losers courtesy of Whale in A Cubicle


Also, here's some tracks from Los Angeles' Eulogies new album Here Anonymous! The album features "Two Can Play" (with guest vocalist Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups).

Here's a couple of standouts...

"Bad Connection

"This Fine Progression"

Hear more from Eulogies MySpace

The Dears w/ Great Northern and Eulogies Tour Dates:

5/1/2009 - Bell House - Park Slope, NY
5/2/2009 - Valentines - Albany, NY
5/4/2009 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
5/5/2009 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
5/7/2009 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
5/8/2009 - Diesel - Pittsburgh, PA
5/9/2009 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
5/10/2009 - Skully's - Columbus, OH
5/11/2009 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
5/13/2009 - Lakeshore Theatre - Chicago, IL
5/14/2009 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO
5/16/2009 - Hailey's - Denton, TX
5/17/2009 - Warehouse - Houston, TX
5/18/2009 - The Parish - Austin, TX
5/21/2009 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
5/22/2009 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
5/23/2009 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
5/24/2009 - Independent - San Francisco, CA
5/26/2009 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
5/27/2009 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA

Here's the video for "Ticket To Immortality"...

Hear more from The Dears' MySpace

Hear more from Eulogies' MySpace

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{The Cool Kids}

A new FREE mixtape from The Cool Kids!

The Cool Kids have finally got a proper album coming out, and to pave the way they've released a free mixtape titled Gone Fishing.

The first song they leaked is "Popcorn", which is a prime example of their effortless cool. The rest of the mixtape is not quite up to par as some of their best material, but it's a fun listen nonetheless.

Here's a standout...


Download the Gone Fishing Mixtape Right Here

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{Ponyo on the Cliff}


Hayao Miyazaki is one of the great filmmakers of all time...so if you only see one animated film this year, Ponyo on the Cliff might be your best bet!

Ponyo on the Cliff looks a little more lighthearted and kid friendly than his last few films...more on par with My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service. The film has also got a celeb heavy cast for the English voiceover (Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and more). The film is written and directed by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, maker of Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.

Disney is bringing Ponyo on the Cliff (the Japanese title), now known as just Ponyo, to theaters everywhere August 14th.

The film is described as an animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.

View the Japanese Trailer (sorry, that's all that's out there) Right Here

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{Slim Twig}


"A Toronto icon-in-the-making, Slim Twig is already well known in indie circles for his clutch of avant-rockabilly EPs. The ever-mysterious pompadoured troubadour couples his stylishly crafted persona with his Suicide-drenched, art-damaged country tunes." - NOW Toronto, Best Pop/Rock Artist 2008.

I couldn't have explained it any better!

Here's one from Slim Twig's long-awaited debut full-length album titled Contempt!...

"Young Hussies"

Here's a standout from the Derelict Dialect EP...

"Birthing & Birthing"

Here's a couple of standouts off the Vercacular Violence EP...

"Brothl Hunting"

"Whiite Fantaseee"

Hear more from Slim Twig's MySpace

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{Honey Claws}


Honey Claws and their third installment in the Bathroom Breaks Series!!!

The Bathroom Breaks Series gives DJs the chance to leave the decks in order to take a bathroom break. As a simple solution and as a gift to DJs around the world, Honey Claws created the Bathroom Breaks Series. Comprised of tracks that are a little longer in length and bound to keep the party going, these songs are the perfect solution for the next time you feel the need to take a bathroom break.

This time around, Honey Claws mash up Al Usher's "Lullaby" and Bumblebeez's "Rio" to create "Rio Lullaby". I have to warn you though, do not put this track on if you do not want to dance.

Give it a listen...

"Rio Lullaby"

Also hear Bathroom Breaks Series #1 and #2...

"Revolution in the Heart"


We're not done yet! In addition to mixing it up on the turntables the indie electronic hip hop group make tunes of their own! Here's a couple of tunes from Honey Claws Healer EP...

"Lightning Killeye"


Here's a clip of Honey Claws at SXSW...

Honey Claws SXSW mashup from Honey Claws on Vimeo.

Hear more from Honey Claws MySpace

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{The Brothers Bloom}


Watch the first seven minutes of Rian Johnson's second film The Brothers Bloom!

Rian Johnson btw, is the clever guy who brought us that fantastic indie gem Brick a few years back.

The Brothers Bloom looks like a wacky film that follows a couple of con men who decide to take one last job. The film stars stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and (Babel's) Rinko Kikuchi. Look for The Brothers Bloom in select theaters on May 15th.

Watch the opening sequence, in which the Brothers Bloom began grifting at a very young age, right here...

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{Yves Klein Blue}


Yves Klein Blue blend classic pop, old punk and indie rock and they recently sent over their catchy first single off their new EP to pass along a couple of weeks ago, but now they have sent over their equally as catchy second single!

Yves Klein Blue are named after artist Yves Klein's famous IKB, a blue paint that does not lose its brilliance over time, forever appearing wet and freshly applied. The name is a metaphor for the bands aspiration to create music that will never fade. Their new EP Draw Attention To Themselves is out now.

Here's the first single and second singles...


"Getting Wise"

Here's the video for 'Silence Is Distance' from the Draw Attention To Themselves EP...

Order Draw Attention to Themselves Right Here

Hear more from Yves Klein Blue's MySpace

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{Peter Doherty}


Pete Doherty (The Libertines, Babyshambles), is probably more famous for his drunken and drug induced antics, and for dating Kate Moss, than he is for his music. He should be best remembered for The Libertines masterpiece debut album Up The Bracket. His post Libertine work with Babyshambles couldn't really top The Libertines work, but these brand new solo tracks from his new album Grace/Wastelands have a slightly different sound than his previous material.

Have a listen for yourself. Here's a few highlights...

"The Last Of The English Roses"

"Broken Love Song"

"Lady Don't Fall Backwards"

Also, I was given a link to post for contestants to enter for a shot at winning one of a dozen (dead, er, dried) English roses, along with a signed copy of the Grace/Wastelands album as well as a copy of the single "Last of the English Roses". Enter the contest Right Here.

Here's the video for "Last of the English Roses"...

Hear more from Peter Doherty's Grace/Wasteland MySpace

Order Grace/Wastelands Right Here

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Peaches' fifth album I Feel Cream is just about as vulgar and kick-ass as you'd expect! The album features contributions from: Soulwax, Simian Mobile Disco, and Digitalism. Sure she's trying to sing on certain songs these days, but there's enough classic Peaches electroclash tracks to keep everyone happy. I feel Cream officially releases on May 5th.

Here's a couple of highlights...

"Trick or Treat"

"Show Stopper"

Here's the video for "Talk to Me"...

Here she is doing "Fuck The Pain Away" (Live at UCLA)...

Pre-order I Feel Cream Right Here

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{Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!}

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Jonathan Goldstein is a humorist known for his observations on Jews, breakups, and Lenny Bruce. In his latest book Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! old-fashioned storytelling meets the irreverent characterization of some of the world's most mythic personalities.

Here's an Adam and Eve excerpt from the book...

"The fruit was squishy and tart. She smooshed it around in her mouth. She squinted her eyes. It was a bit like trying on new glasses. It was a bit like an amyl nitrate popper. It was a bit like a big kiss on the lips right at first when you weren’t sure if you wanted to be kissed or not. She felt a thousand little feet kicking at her uterus. … The idea of her own nudity, as well as Adam’s, had always felt more like a Nordic, coed health spa thing; now, with the fruit of knowledge, it felt more like a Rio de Janeiro carnival thing."

Better yet here's a (14 min.) audio clip from This American Life titled "Adam an Eve"...

"Adam and Eve"

Here's a book trailer of Jonathan Goldstein's Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible (Part One)...

Here's a book trailer of Jonathan Goldstein's Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible (Part Two)...

Note: Goldstein has read nearly a dozen passages of the book on WireTap...they are archived Right Here

Purchase Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible Right Here

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