Aug 9, 2008 Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL

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  1. Bookery Reading 21:19

Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Brendan Kiefer

Are you sitting down? Ready to be sucked into some sort of bizarre David Lynch-Samuel L. Jackson-via the "Pulp Fiction" monologues vortex that will make you its valentine and simultaneously freak you out of your socks? Too late. You're going to get covered in apples if you're sick of love. You're going to be hypnotized by this whacked out reading/recording made by Menomena drummer and Lackthereof mastermind Danny Seim and when you awake from the trance - inspired by the piece to paint your body green, speed-eat a pork chop and four apple pies, caress a complete stranger and then cannonball into a quiet pool, bellowing, "Behold thou art fair," in Latin or French. Though it's not making any sense - for I rarely do - it will shortly when you give this a listen or three. It's over 20 minutes in length and one of the most peculiar things I've ever heard. Seim asks to credit "Mr. Jim Fairchild as having played acoustic guitar on this recording. The reading/song is entitled "S.O.S. (King James Version)", the subtitle out of respect for my guitarist." This is all we know as Seim and all of the Menomena crew are interesting sorts full of mystery and intrigue. Just let them do their thing is what we should let them do. Seim's Lackthereof deserves the kind of following that his now-day job band gets on a worldwide scale. His new record Your Anchor is poetic and ambitious and blends what we used to have in Midwestern indie rock in the early 90s with a tropical splash of electronic glue, warm and as humid as it can be. Could be one of the year's sleepers. That's for the people to decide. - Sean Moeller

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