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Thursday's Roundup!

by Jerome Weeks 26 Apr 2012 7:37 AM

This Thursday Roundup has got a fun Nick Cave video, some ritualized Japanese suicide, a couple of album reviews and a big tidal flow of books. Enjoy.


YOUR MORNING FUN NICK CAVE VIDEO. PBS Newshour caught up with the ‘soundsuit’ designer who decked out a bunch of UNT students as crazy horsies for his performance of ‘Heard’ in Denton and in Dallas when he was in residence at UNT (Get it? Soundsuits, horses — ‘heard’?). Didn’t catch Art&Seek’s very popular video of ‘Heard’? Well, then, it’s here.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE HALF-PRICE BOOKS SALE. In August, novelist Larry McMurtry will be auctioning off hundreds of thousands of volumes from his Archer City store, Booked Up. Although the official announcement of the auction dubs it ‘the Last Booksale,’ nowhere does it indicate that Booked Up is actually closing. So why the sale? Because books need to flow through people’s hands, writes McMurtry, who, if he indeed wrote the announcement, needs to learn the difference — here comes the Grammar Nazi! — between it’s and its.

THIS IS THE END, MY ONLY FRIEND? CentralTrak has inaugurated a series of Saturday performance-art evenings, and naturally has started its foray into performance art with the theme of ‘hara-kiri,’ Japanese ritualized suicide, better known in Japan as seppuku. Betsy Lewis in Glasstire says the first collaboration, which involved dancer-choreographer-and-Art&Seek blogger Danielle Georgiou, left her feeling confused but also maybe wanting to try ecstasy again. (“Somewhere in The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell tells Bill Moyers that the god of death and the god of sex is the same god. Saw it here.”)

ROUNDING AROUND. The New York Times reviewed Sarah Jaffe’s new album and likes it mostly (“There’s no unmixed sweetness on this album, only partly healed scars”), while Fort Worth Weekly likes Taylor Craig Mills’ debut album, Don’t Ever Look Back Twice, mostly (“his so-sincere-it-hurts approach to many of these tunes amps up the romantic and psychological intensity”).