Beautifully touching local music video, Mellencamp’s biography proves his notoriety and new music! | Arts & Culture | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest
IS IT DUST HERE?
Do yourself a little favor and google Water Monster’s new video, “Real Love”. Not only is it an exquisite shimmering song by Monster Man Max Harnishfeger, but the video directed by Sean Finley is gorgeous, touching, and stars talk show / soul man host Ryan Tucker and his daughter Bea. (DAN NAILEN)
Author Paul Rees makes a pretty compelling argument in his new biography, Mellencamp, that Midwestern songwriter John Mellencamp should be considered in the same league as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. This will be news to anyone who quit listening when Mellencamp stopped having pop hits, but the sections of this book deal with the second half of his life – as he pushed his writing into folk styles. more traditional and spent more time painting distinctly dark canvases. than on tour – turns out to be far more interesting than the typical fame stuff spanning the ‘Jack and Diana’ era. A seasoned music journalist, Rees chats with dozens of people, from band members to his children, as well as Mellencamp himself, to paint a rather interesting portrait of a guy who defines “the old maid’s ornament” . (DAN NAILEN)
THIS WEEK’S READING LIST
Notable new music hits stores and online on September 24. To know :
ANGELS & AERIAL WAVES, Life form. Tom DeLonge was right about UFOs; maybe he was right to get out of blink-182 after all?
JESSE MALIN, Sad and beautiful world. This guy has been criminally underestimated for decades since he led D Generation out of New York City.
THE SPECIALS, Protest songs 1924-2012. These longtime ska enthusiasts in the UK are tackling a bunch of killer covers. (DAN NAILEN)