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Papers to read and PsychFest links for 2009-03-12

beech tree in rain, home, Falmouth, Virginia, US

  • So, I was thinking about this and trying to not to get too glum. I realized that instead of complaining, I could help by pointing to some papers which are easily available online and which (to me at least) point to some of the most interesting ideas about software. To me, these are classic papers which contain deep “things you oughta know” about code – the material you work with.
  • Trippy buzz bands such as the Wooden Ships, Dead Meadow and A Place to Bury Strangers join the aforementioned locals and dozens more, including Sky Sunlight Saxon of legendary Los Angeles garage rock titans the Seeds. Not too shabby for a festival that’s only on its second year.
  • Ah, if only every post-millennial goth band could sound like NYC’s A Place To Bury Strangers. These guys bring the darkness but back it up with a claustrophobi-noise-noir that hasn’t really been explored since we lost Ian Curtis and Bauhaus drifted away. Sure, everyone dogs the trappings of goth but APTBS really digs into the darkness in a fresh and less cliched way. They headline a festival of sorts at Radio Room in Austin Sunday night.
  • The fest is not, however, an exercise in flower-power nostalgia: indeed, this year’s lineup is a cross-reference of pretty much every modern sound that could possibly fall under the “psychedelic” banner, throwing together the blown-out futurism of Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers, the drug-mellowed West Coast fuzz of The Warlocks and Dead Meadow, the classic Vietnam-flashback drone of Wooden Shjips and The Black Angels, the synth freakness of Houston’s Indian Jewelry, and the jangly reverberations of Austin’s own The Strange Boys into one altogether intimidating package.
  • Sun(But that’s the Lord’s Day?):Psych Fest 2 with A Place to Bury Strangers (11:30pm), The Warlocks (10pm), The Strange Boys (9pm), Asteroid #4 (Philadelphia, 8pm), Forever Changes (Austin, 7pm), The Vandelles (NYC, 6pm),

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