Chuck Klosterman is the only writer where I’ve stockpiled the complete collection of his books. With X he’s on his tenth book, which is a feat in itself for any author to have ten books. That said, I have yet to read all ten, but this one called to me as an immediate read when it arrived in my mailbox. As someone who has similar interests in general with Klosterman, his writing always intrigues me.
This book is a collection of Klosterman’s writing over the years. Some were familiar, namely his GQ interview (or lack thereof) with Tom Brady while the whole “Deflategate” situation was going on. And despite having already read it, I read it again anyway. In a way, I would like my writing to grow to be what his is, but still something that’s my own. Hopefully that makes sense to someone other than myself. Klosterman covers sports and music in a way that many writers in those areas probably wish they could. He has access that not just anyone gets. His interview with Kobe Bryant is fantastic, and the Lakers fan in me is beyond jealous.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have covered Blink-182’s “Built This Pool.” You can stream that below. The band also has announced their new album is done and currently being mastered.
Eisley have debuted their new video for “Always Wrong.”
Head North’s new track “By Presidential Decree” can be streamed below.
Spotify has a deal for US customers: three months of premium for $1.
The Lulls In Traffic’s new album is now out and for a limited time you can grab it for a “pay what you want” donation on their website.
Ani DiFranco’s new song “Zizzing” (feat. Justin Vernon) can be heard below.
Jonah Matranga and J. Robbins have teamed up to form the new band Camorra and release their new song, “Roosevelt Champion III.”
Katie Ellen, featuring former members of Chumped, have released their new song “Lucy Stone.” The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Cowgirl Blues, due out on July 14th.
The lineup for this year’s High and Low Festival has been announced. Brand New and Death Cab for Cutie are headlining and the rest of the lineup is below. The festival takes place on September 9th in San Bernardino, CA.
Hailee Steinfeld has released a video for “Most Girls.”
Downtown Boys will release their new album, Cost of Living, on August 11th. Today they’ve shared the new song “A Wall” and pre-orders are now up.
The Movielife will release their new album, Cities in Search of a Heart, on September 22nd. The track listing and artwork can be found below.
Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has passed away. He was 89.
Enter Shikari have released the new song “Supercharge.”
Zack Snyder is stepping away from the Justice League movie in the wake of a family tragedy. Borys Kit, writing for The Hollywood Reporter:
Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter he is stepping away from Justice League, Warner Bros.’ all-star DC Comics superhero mega-movie that is in postproduction, in order to deal with the sudden death of his daughter. Snyder’s wife, Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on Justice League, also is taking a break to focus on the healing of their family.
Ryan Key of Yellowcard will be writing an upcoming issue for the comic book character Venom. He talked with Marvel about the character and his history with the stories:
I was beyond excited when I found out I was going to get to work with Venom for my first ever attempt at writing a comic. I don’t know if you can count the comics I wrote and drew during class as a kid. Spider-Man was a huge part of my childhood and Venom has always been, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite villains in the Marvel Universe. I feel like Logan has always had a “dark side” himself and this version of him in his older age where he slips into this apathy we saw in the first [“Old Man Logan”], provided an opportunity to fuse him with the symbiote and awaken that rage we’ve always seen from him. Just the thought of Wolverine in a Venom suit was more than enough to get me on board for this!
There has been an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
There are fatalities following an incident at Manchester Arena in England on Monday, according to local police.
In a Facebook post, Greater Manchester Police released the following statement: “Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available.”