I only know Laura Cantrell because she sang “The Guitar” with They Might Be Giants. The original of “Cowboy on the Moon” is by Lambchop, who I also don’t really know.
Lambchop’s version is very country-sounding and the singer has a deepish voice. Laura Cantrell has a beautiful voice and sings this song quite faithfully. The strange thing is that her version reminds me so much of The Beautiful South’s “Don’t Marry Her” (although the original doesn’t…must be Cantrell’s voice).
It’s an enjoyable song (about watching the first space landing), even if it is a little too country for my tastes. Once again, I like the cover version better.
[READ: April 1, 2012] “Old Masters”
Lucky Peach is a magazine about food. And chefs. And recipes. And, apparently fiction. Like most McSweeney’s publications, there can usually be found a piece of fiction inside it somewhere. In this issue it is “Old Masters.”
Strangely, Bernhard does not get a bio in the back of the magazine–this is almost unheard of in McSweeney’sland. Equally as strange is how much I did not like this fiction.
It’s frankly hard to even know what to do with this fiction, and it’s hard to know why it was included in this magazine. It is not about food at all. It is about art. Tangentially.
What it is really is a rant. A repetitive rant. A repetitive rant that seems to build in anger. A repetitive rant that seems to build in anger until it just stops. A repetitive rant that seems to build in anger until it just stops, but which stops in a location that one might not have expected from the opening. (more…)