While many musicians in New York are dumb (the ones I date, anyway), some actually read books and stuff. At least that’s true of New York-based indie band Mainland, who can oft be found perusing for paperbacks at Dashwood Books, Spoonbill & Sugartown or OBJECT_IFY 139.
So, while you wait for these lovely dudes to drop their LP, Night Trials, in the fall, busy yourself with this summer reading list, as penned by frontman Jordan Topf. (oh, and here’s their new single, “Beggars,” for good measure).
Note: Mainland’s other members, Corey Mullee (synths, guitar) and Alex Pitta (bass) also read books, but how many books can one actually read in a summer?
Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis
“This is one of my favorite books of all time. It blurs fact and fiction and the unreliable narrator, Ellis himself, becomes haunted by the characters he created in his books. It’s one of those books you can’t pull away from.”
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klostermann
“This book is a collection of essays on pop culture, which makes it an ideal for an active summer (you can pick it up for short reads and put it down whenever). Klosterman is hysterically brilliant. He points out the obvious, yet overlooked quirks of human nature and why it’s weird that we like what we like.”
Life, Keith Richards
“I’ve been wanting to get around to reading his diary as a Rolling Stone for a long time. Corey told me one of the stories of Keith running away with Brian Jones’ wife in Europe in a sports car, which definitely sparked some intrigue. Not to mention the mysteries around his staying up in dirty motel rooms writing “Street Fighting Man” on a four track tape machine.”
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
“I’ll be spending most of the summer in California this year so reading this classic is solid choice. Steinbeck writes about Monterrey Bay, a town I grew up near, and all its disheveled glory.”