Deb Olin Unferth has a Daytrotter Session!!!!!
Okay, so this news is almost a month old, but I only just discovered it ten minutes ago. (Now overnight plus ten minutes, since I’m going to post this tomorrow.) ANYWAY. The point is that Deb Olin Unferth is badass, and so is Daytrotter.com, so the fact that they got together (apparently on 12/14/08) is just super exciting.
If you don’t already know, Daytrotter is this great website where musicians who happen to be passing through Rock Island, Illionois [query fact-checker: is this the place that Leadbelly’s “Rock Island Line” is about?] stop off at this recording studio and record a handful of songs, usually in a genial, bare-bones style, and then somebody draws a cool picture of them (see above) and then the whole shit gets posted on the internet for free. Seriously, you probably had no idea there was this much free rad stuff by bands you love or else have always wondered about. It’s worth spending some time rooting through their archives.
Anyway, I just think it’s really stellar that they’ve got themselves a writer up in the mix [query fact-checker: have they ever done this before?] and I hope there’s more of it to come. And if you’ve never heard Deb read before, you should extra check this out because she’s got a very distinctive voice and reading style that will probably deeply enhance the way you understand her work. (Interestingly enough, I’d say the same thing about Deb’s frequent editor at NOON, the great great Diane Williams, but I don’t know of any audio of Diane’s work to point you to.)
So go check Deb’s reading out, and while you’re at it, here’s some other choices to get any newbies out there good and damn well introduced to the consistent pleasure that is Daytrotter-