Is it just me, or does being consistently great work against your favor sometimes? I feel that might be the case for Spoon. The Texan indie-rock band has been around for more than a decade now, always reliable for putting out another great record full of clever lyrics and frontman Britt Daniel's undeniable coolness. They're always critically-acclaimed and will make those best-of lists 10 years from now, but they still somehow feel underappreciated. So allow me to rev up this hype machine again, with the arrival of Transference today, and remind you that yes, Spoon warrants those repeated listens (they're growers, if anything), and don't you evah forget it.
Also out this week is the new novel The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. Ferris made a name for himself about two years ago with his debut And Then We Came to an End, a low-key satire on office life. It was hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time, and one of those things that you just get if you've found yourself wasting away in a cubicle. This time, he takes on the home life, focusing on how a strange, unexplainable illness involving a man's insatiable need to walk nearly destroys him and his family. Yes, walking. You can read the first chapter now on Amazon.
-- Chau Tu