Check out my new online feature for Wired: Halt and Catch Fire Gets the ’80s PC Revolution Perfectly Right. Here’s How
Also, make sure to pick up the June issue of the print magazine for my annotated look at the show’s Cardiff Electric office. And while you’re at it, follow Halt co-creator ifyoucantwell and watch a sneak preview of the entire first episode at amctv (the series premieres on AMC this Sunday at 10|9c).
Spin has an excerpt from the new Dinosaur Jr. oral history/photo book. Here Lou and J talk about the artwork on their first LP:
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. bassist): The cover is by Maura Jasper, who’d met J [Mascis] at U-Mass, and was one of those totally cool punk rock girls hanging out with him, she was part of the crew. J came up with the idea for the first record, “I want a guy standing in a field.” He had a bizarre relationship with this little kid at U-Mass called Artie, they’d formed a weird bond, with J treating him like a whipping boy, and Artie lapped it up and seemed totally bewildered by J’s fascination with him. J wanted Artie’s face on the cover so he took a photo of him and put it there in the corner.
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist): Artie didn’t have too many friends. I met him at college and we would hang out and I’d bring him to some parties. Lou’s view makes it seem like it was a little more cynical, but I was just hanging out with this guy, a fellow freshman who I thought was interesting.
Easy Street's 25th Anniversary celebration continues with a very special event - a Shadow reunion show & record release party! Formed circa 1982, Shadow features Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Danny Newcomb, and brothers in rock Chris and Rick Friel. They’ll be taking the stage to celebrate the release of a new 10-inch single featuring two classic Shadow anthems that haven’t been heard in 30 years! Taking an already outer-limits event into the stratosphere, they’re also bringing Sweet Water with them! Take a ride on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Time Machine with Shadow and Sweet Water August 27th at 7pm - it’s free and all-ages!