“Smoking I find the most ridiculous of all the varieties of human behavior and practically the only one that is entirely against nature. Can you imagine a cow or any animal taking a mouthful of smoldering straw then breathing in the smoke and blowing it out through its nostrils?”—lifelong smoker Ian Fleming (epigraph to Gilbert Alter-Gilbert’s new piece on AJRMS, “Nicotine Chic: Writers as Smokers”)
“In the experimental music underground, Philadelphia guitarist Jack Rose was a beloved figure. Last December, Rose died of a heart attack at the age of 38. Now, a group of his peers have teamed up to release a massive tribute album in his memory.
Honest Strings: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Jack Rose is for sale right now from FINA, Thrill Jockey’s digital store. The compilation includes contributions from Six Organs of Admittance, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Bardo Pond, the No Neck Blues Band, Rose’s old band Pelt, MV & EE, Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers, and many others. Oh yeah— and it’s six-and-a-half hours long. The whole gigantic thing is yours for $15, with all proceeds go to Rose’s estate. You can buy the album, see the tracklist, and stream tracks from it here.”