Our Sarah Lawrence College roommate, co-founder of the electronic Rock Group Radiohead, & single-string guitarist for A. Forke's Monday Night House Face, Sam Amidon, now downtown folk emo legend, was NAME-DROPPED in the February 11th The New Yorker. The article, "Eerily Composer" by Rebecca Mead, was about lovely composer Nico Muhly, & unfortunately is not transcribed online (Quick! Go buy a copy! Gobias some coffee!) I was jealous earlier that Muhly was name-dropped in Alex Ross's new book (Muhly is my age & has similar influences, including sacred music & the English Renaissance...) & now this:
"The Only Tune," also on "Mothertongue," is another Muhly collage - a dismantled traditional English song about a violent sororicide, delivered with affecting flatness by an American folk singer named Sam Amidon, to the accompaniment, variously, of a sampled Farfisa organ similar to the used by Philip Glass in "Music in Twelve Parts," a pair of butcher's knives scraping against each other, a recording of whistling Icelandic wind, & the sound of raw whale flesh slopping around in a bowl.
-Rebecca Mead, "Eerily Composed", The New Yorker, February 11th & 18th, pg. 75-76
I suppose if you are going to make a New Yorker article, you want it to be in the same sentence as Philip Glass & the words "sororicide" & "raw whale flesh".
Links: Buy Sam Amidon's new All is Well, from Bedroom Community, from Amazon. "Saro" on youtube.
& Nico Muhly's Speaks Volumes. Mothertongue will be out in May. Audio samples for the New Yorker article.
I just turned the page, & BAM, there you were, name-dropped in The New Yorker.
P.S. Remember our sophomore year, we bet who could get mentioned in the New Yorker first...
did we really?
now I owe you a lifetime subscription to penthouse.