Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Jami Attenberg, Federale, and more!
Thu, Nov 21 at 7:30pm
Jamie Attenberg makes the hard work of writing look easy in The Big Easy. The author of seven novels, her latest book “All This Could Be Yours,” tracks a New Orleans family grappling with their patriarch and themselves as he nears the end of his life. Attenberg’s pitch-perfect characters complement what “Marie Claire” called her “sparkling prose.” Her books “The Middlesteins” and “All Grown Up” were best sellers, and her essays have been published widely in outlets like “The Sunday Times,” “Longreads,” and “The New York Times Magazine.” An inspiration in the writing community, her #1000wordsofsummer challenge is taken up by thousands of writers each year. What Jamie Attenberg writes, we read – that part’s easy.
Federale has always told stories of breathtaking scope through their cinematic, western-tinged soundscapes – but as they’ve evolved, what began as a purely instrumental project has started to incorporate more and more words. With their most recent album, “No Justice,” all the songs except two contain stunning, precise lyrics, backed by members of the Oregon Symphony. The fifth album by the group feels like a fully realized expression of their music – music that serves as the soundtrack to the most captivating spaghetti westerns that never were. Honeyed voices, rumbling riffs and plaintive whistling all swirl together in the group’s most ambitious project to date. With “No Justice,” Federale has expanded their already wildly expressive sound – and their increased vocabulary serves to only deepen the immersive experience of listening to their music.