Through Lines 069

I’ve wondered just how dour Aimee Mann’s music could get, and with this new track from her forthcoming Queens of the Summer Hotel album (out Nov. 5), she may have answered that question. Sadly, the topic of this particular track is probably more relevant than most might want to admit after the last 18 months.

  • The original release by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss was a beautiful surprise, so count me in for this second album, also produced by T-Bone Burnett.
  • Nothing Else Matters, Phoebe Bridgers covers Metallica and it’s gloriously baroque.
  • I really like Juliet Funt’s idea of “hallucinated urgency” and her article covers all the things I’ve been talking to people at work about for far too long.
  • You don’t see too many multi-style stencil typefaces so Modal Stencil is interesting. I particularly like the notch approach used in some of the lowercase characters like n, m, and p. And it has a backslant style!
  • I really enjoyed this New Yorker profile on former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, my favorite singer. The little insights at the end about Swan Swan H are gold.
  • I’m old enough to remember installing the real Flying Toasters screensaver from After Dark many years ago. I love seeing these classics recreated.
  • I really need to spend some quality time with these questions about technology.
  • DÜE Display has got all the lovely condensed grotesque type magic going on.
  • The Five Dimensions of Curious People. Rob’s newsletter never disappoints.
  • BigMail looks interesting.