David Keenan – Xstabeth

When I lived in England briefly in 2005 I ordered lots of packages of CD-Rs from David Keenan’s Volcanic Tongue shop in Scotland. I bought The Dead C – Harsh 70s Reality from Volcanic Tongue and that album became a very big deal for me.

I also read him a lot in Wire Magazine. Later I saw him play with Jandek twice in Sydney. I also remember him being a champion for lesser known Sydney bands like Naked on the Vague, who I loved.

His novels This is Memorial Device and For The Good Times are intense and unusual, and brilliant. The link above is to pre-order his new novel Xstabeth, which at this rate will be the only novel published in 2020 that I will read this year, although I have ordered BR Yeager’s Pearl Death, which is not strictly a book.

While I’m here blogging my heart out I’ll list some books I’ve read this year that have been either interesting or enjoyable, or both.

Belladonna – Dasa Drndic
Propaganda – Jacques Ellul
Resentment – Gary Indiana
Depraved Indifference – Gary Indiana
Horse Crazy – Gary Indiana
L’Amour – Marguerite Duras
Republic – Plato
Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia – Dominic Kelly
Graal Flibuste – Robert Pinget

And here’s some music I’ve liked:

Akitsa – Credo
Akitsa – Grans Tyrans
Bell Witch / Aerial Ruin – Stygian Bough
Molly Nilsson – Imaginations
Lustre – The Ashes of Light
Troth – Flaws in the Glass
Troth – Nothing Still in the Stone Garden
Cross Record – Cross Record
Red Wine and Sugar – A Population of Indoor Cats
Fabulous Diamonds – Plain Songs
Maxine Funke – Lace
Disembowelment – Transcendence into the Peripheral
Decadance – On and On