From WXRT: Some of you undoubtedly have fond memories of Lin Brehmer (aka the Reverend of Rock & Roll) and his on-air tenure as disc jockey back in the golden glory days of WQBK-FM. So it may be difficult to acknowledge that Brehmer is currently celebrating his 20th anniversary at the hip Chicago radio station WXRT-FM. Last Saturday was officially declared Lin Brehmer Day by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and here’s Lin’s diary notes for the day.
From Pitchfork: Ryan Dombal interviews Nick Zammuto about the end of his fab band the Books and the lauch of his new band Zammuto, who make their hometown debut at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Friday, February 3.
From Kevin Marshall’s America: A plea to the local media to stop celebrating mediocrity.
From Movies: C.J. Lais assesses his Oscar nomination predictions and comes up with a pretty decent total tally.
From Indie Albany: Downtown Des Moines, Iowa never looked so cool as it does in this set of captivating photographs by J. Eric Smith.
From The Rogovoy Report: Speaking of great soul singers, Seth Rogovoy reviews Mavis Staples’ concert last weekend at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.
From Paste: Garrett Martin rattles off his list of “The 10 Most Memorable Bands Who Only Released One Album.” The most glaring omission? Blind Faith.
From Pitchfork: Jenn Pelly reports that the somewhat clueless folks at Disney World are now selling Mickey Mouse t-shirts inspired by the album cover of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures.” Really?!?
From Pitchfork: And former Joy Divison bassist Peter Hook responds to the Disney/Joy Division t-shirt…