Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Book: Darkness, Racket and Twang - Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music by Alex V. Cook

New Book: Darkness, Racket and Twang - Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music by Alex V. Cook

Music journalist Alex V. Cook's first book, 'Darkness, Racket and Twang - Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music' is available now from the SideCartel. Drive By Trucker, Patterson Hood says of Darkness, Racket and Twang... "At times enlightening and at times infuriating (like any book about music should be)"

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2006

Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2006 Darkness, Racket and Twang announces a new passionate voice in the world of rock journalism in Alex V. Cook. Instead of miring articles in this collection with dull history and celebrity gossip, Cook lays bare the relationship between the listener and the music. Each article in the book depicts a short, often temporary connection with a clutch of records you probably have never heard, letting rock music serve as a launch pad for enlightenment. His opinions are as vehement as they are controversial. Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, who gets discussed in the book, described it as "enlightening and at times infuriating (like any book about music should be)." While the music buying public grows ever more jaded, Cook's urgent and impassioned prose is a necessity on the modern cultural landscape.

Originally published in personal journals and public websites, the pieces in this collection capture an original voice stepping beyond the veneer of rock-n-roll and and opening the doors of constant epiphany that the author experiences along the margins of popular, and more often, unpopular music. It is as much travel writing, documenting the psychic terrain of the music-obsessed, as it is criticism.

Some of the Artists discussed in this Book:

Ryan Adams, Akron/Family, Oren Ambarchi, The Angels of Light, Animal Collective, Architecture in Helsinki, The Band, Devendra Banhart, The Be Good Tanyas, Andrew Bird, Black Dice, The Black Keys, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bono, Boredoms, Boris, The Bowmans, Broken Social Scene, Stephen Bruton, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Clem Snide, Leonard Cohen, Coil, Julian Cope, Craft, Current 93, Danielson, Dead Meadow, Depeche Mode, Ana Di Silva, Drive-By Truckers, Drunk Horse, Bob Dylan, eels, Elsah, Entrance, Roky Erikson, The Fall, Fantômas, Jay Farrar, The Flaming Lips, The Fred Weaver band, Frog Eyes, Gastr Del Sol, The Grateful Dead, Growing, Guided By Voices, Hangedup, Gary Higgins, Jolie Holland, The Howing Hex, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Jaga Jazzist, Jandek, Jane, Kronos Quartet, Lowry, Luna, Matisyahu, Mclusky, Ramsay Midwood, Moby, Morrissey, The Mountain Goats, Nashvile Pussy, The National, Scout Niblett, Ogurusu Norihide, Okay, Ariel Pink, Lou Reed, Ken Russell, Saint Vitus, Shellac, Silver Jews, Elliot Smith, Alan Sparhawk, Stereolab, Sufjan Stevens, Joe Strummer, Sunn O))), Harry Taussig, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La band, This Song Is A Mess But So Am I, Town and Country, Ulver, Elizabeth Anka Vajagic, Van Halen, The Velvet Underground, Scott Walker, M Ward, Gillian Welch, White Noise and, Yo La Tengo

Author Info

Alex V. Cook, along with being a family man, lapsed painter and ardent mediocre guitarist, is a writer living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His work can be found in a slew of regional magazines and a growing trickle of national ones. This is his first book.

Publisher Info

The SideCartel is a small and loose conglomeration of like-minded writers, artists and musicians, hellbent on using the best new technology available to create, manufacture and distribute work that might otherwise forever lurk in the shadows. The SideCartel began by Publishing the online magazine, outsideleft. com, A love letter to less-revered celebrities, featuring healthy helpings of mostly forgotten culture and pop-inspired opinion. Darkness, Racket and Twang is the second book from the SideCartel.

“A writer who lives what he writes. This is clever, artistic commentary from a passionate music lover who really cares, and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of it. Agree with him or not, you can’t help but feel his passion... and that’s a good thing.”

Tim Westergren, Founder, Pandora, The Music Genome Project

ISBN-10: 0-9776849-2-X

ISBN-13: 978-0-9776849-2-2

Images and more information available at www. sidecartel. com

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New Overhead Crane and Hoist Sales Manager for Ireland

New Overhead Crane and Hoist Sales Manager for Ireland

The buoyancy of the economy in Ireland has prompted industrial overhead crane and hoist specialist, Street Crane Company, to appoint their first directly employed sales manger to cover the whole of Ireland. Stephen Hirst, a lifting engineer with 20 years mechanical handling experience, took up the post in September.

Stockport, UK (PRWEB) September 23, 2007

The buoyancy of the economy in Ireland has prompted industrial overhead crane and hoist specialist, Street Crane Company, to appoint their first directly employed sales manger to cover the whole of Ireland. Stephen Hirst, a lifting engineer with 20 years mechanical handling experience, took up the post in September.

"With so much development taking place, both north and south, this is a huge opportunity. I look forward to meeting existing and new Street Crane users and developing the overhead crane and hoist business in Ireland," Stephen enthused.

Stephen's hands-on experience includes a period working offshore with a rope-access team doing non-destructive structural inspection. He holds level five registration with the Lifting Engineering Equipment association (LEEA), this qualifies him to inspect powered hoists and beams. In addition, he has NEBOSH certified health and safety qualifications.

Stephen is based in Antrim with his wife and two daughters where he has good access to the M1/N1 and the rest of the motorway network. In his spare time Stephen is keen on cycling, Rugby and squash.

Contact:
Gus Zona
Tel. +44 (0)1298 812456
Fax. +44 (0)1298 814 945
Street Crane Company
Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, SK23 0PH, UK
Web: www. streetcrane. co. uk

High/low resolution images are on the web at www. ainsmag. co. uk/st165/4450st1a. htm (http://www. ainsmag. co. uk/st165/4450st1a. htm)

Note for Editors.
Street Crane Company is the UK's largest manufacturer of electric overhead travelling cranes (EOTCs) and a major exporter of hoists, components and controls to crane makers in overseas markets.

Cranes and hoists are available up to 200 tonnes safe working load. Single and double girder gantry, semi Goliath and Goliath cranes are produced. Special cranes and automated crane controls can be engineered to cope with unusual site conditions or load handling and lifting requirements.

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