For Your Consideration

An R.E.M./Sleater-Kinney mash-up, literary laughs and deep Kanye dive

ALBUM | Looking for a positive to come out of the Trump administration is virtually impossible, but allow me to reach for one with the ongoing existence of Filthy Friends, a new-ish band revolving around Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and some other Northwest rock royalty. They started as a Bowie-covering lark, but joined in the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump effort last fall and decided to make a real go of it. Now they have a killer full-length album, INVITATION, that includes some of the Tucker punk fury ("No Forgotten Son") and Buck garage-jangle ("Any Kind of Crowd") you'd expect, plus a few moves you wouldn't (the folky beauty of "Faded Afternoon"). It's a thrill to hear rock vets finding new things to say in such bewitching ways.

BOOK | I first saw Jessi Klein do stand-up probably 15 years ago, and she disappeared off my radar until reappearing as the Emmy-winning writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer. Turns out she was mostly working behind the scenes, as a Saturday Night Live writer and development director at Comedy Central, and last year she released her first book. I grabbed YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT after its paperback release this summer, and Klein's essays about growing into adulthood and navigating life as a woman in the entertainment business work in the same way Mindy Kaling's books do — equal parts hilarious jokes and revealing autobiography.

PODCAST | It took a show with a seriously geeked-out focus on music to get me to embrace the podcast art form. DISSECT presents itself as "long-form musical analysis broken into digestible bites," and its entire first season was dedicated to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly album. I jumped in after hearing that the new season, launched in August, would focus on my favorite Kanye West album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Each episode of Dissect tackles a different song, using music and interview clips and host Cole Cuchna's analysis to put the album, songs and artist in historic and contemporary context. ♦

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About The Author

Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...