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Laura Newbern’s Love and the Eye poetry book

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By Jerry from the Black Swans in New Products on Wednesday 7 September 2011

I was awaiting this book of poetry since reading her poems in The Atlantic Monthly and TriQuarterly years ago. It did not disappoint. A heavy literary crush.

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Zachary Cale’s awesome third album: Noise of Welcome

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By Jerry from the Black Swans in New Music on Monday 30 May 2011

I think this is Zachary Cale’s third album, but this one and its creator are new to me. Folk-rock with some meat and licks and swagger. Probably the best songwriter record I’ve heard in a year or so.

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Pretty Patti

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By Jerry from the Black Swans in New Fashion on Sunday 29 May 2011

Chuck Wepner, Clara Rockmore, Abe Lincoln. These peeps and more are worthy of a t-shirt. Pretty Patti also sells modern postcards of vintage family members.

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Richard Buckner’s new album: Old Blood

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By Jerry from the Black Swans in New Music on Saturday 28 May 2011

The new Richard Buckner album comes out in August, but someone gave me an advance in trade for doing a guest write-up on a website. Buckner is worth gushing about. And blood gushes. Does old blood gush? Did it clot already? Let’s gush for it. Mmmmm, I love all his music.

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Jump Out of the Way by Bird and Flower

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By Jerry from the Black Swans in New Music on Saturday 28 May 2011

Bird and Flower, Jump Out of the Way. Why? Well, I like smart and fun songs. Rare things these days.

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Chris Burden’s What My Dad Gave Me sculpture

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By Jerry from the Black Swans in New Art on Saturday 28 May 2011

I’ve been spending some time with Chris Burden’s art after being turned onto it when asked to write a song called You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City after one of his performance pieces of the same name. Weird and striking.

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