Pin It
Favorite

For Your Consideration 

Covering a legend, retro laughs and a punk godmother's memoir

click to enlarge artsculture3-1.jpg

ALBUM | Covering a much-beloved artist can be dicey business, but SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD SING ELLIOTT SMITH is the best kind of tribute, and hopefully will introduce new generations of listeners to Smith's incredible songwriting. The male/female vocals blend beautifully and add new and welcome colors to songs of remarkable emotional and musical complexity. Smith, who died in 2003, is well-served by the sparse arrangements, and Avett and Mayfield tackle songs from throughout his career with great respect for the source material, from the solo acoustic "Roman Candle" to his more ornate productions like "Baby Britain."

click to enlarge artsculture3-2.jpg

TV | I'm happy to acknowledge that was I was all wrong on THE GOLDBERGS when it debuted in the fall of 2013, assuming it was simply a Wonder Years wannabe set in the '80s (albeit one narrated by Patton Oswalt, so how bad could it be?). In essence, it is simply a retro, family-friendly sitcom, but the second season has shown it has an inviting amount of weirdness, from regular bleeped F-bombs to older brother Barry's alter ego "Big Tasty" to excellent homages to flicks like WarGames, Back to the Future, and especially, the episode-long Ferris Bueller fest "Barry Goldberg's Day Off" — complete with Charlie Sheen reenacting his police-station scene.

click to enlarge artsculture3-3.jpg

BOOK | Kim Gordon spent most of her life as a pioneering rock icon and half of indie rock's It Couple alongside husband and fellow Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. Their split after Moore's extramarital affairs came to light helped inspire the typically terse Gordon to open up through GIRL IN A BAND: A MEMOIR, in which she talks about the harsh demise of her marriage, her California upbringing, her evolution in the New York art scene and plenty of her famous friends like Courtney Love (surprise — she's a train wreck!). The book is at its best, though, when Gordon writes about artistry and independence with the authority that can only come with hard-earned experience. ♦

  • Pin It

Speaking of For Your Consideration

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • The Newcomers
  • The Newcomers

    Gonzaga has hit gold in the transfer market this season
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • Earthly Delights
  • Earthly Delights

    A new local business brings indoor gardening and the terrarium trend to Spokane
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • BOOK | <i>HOP KING</i>
  • BOOK | HOP KING

    One tasty bit of Washington history
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Chris Bovey: My Spokane

Chris Bovey: My Spokane @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Dan Nailen

Most Commented On

Top Tags in
Culture & Food

Food


for your consideration


last word


Culture


Beer


Readers also liked…

  • Blind Faith
  • Blind Faith

    In a vacant lot by the railroad tracks, an unlikely friendship is found
    • Jan 7, 2016
  • A Night's Work
  • A Night's Work

    How downtown Spokane transforms into Hoopfest in a matter of hours
    • Jun 24, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation