“Paste”:http://www.pastemagazine.com/ is a music magazine consistently full of artists I wish I’d known about for years. Every issue comes with a sampler CD, and when Doug Burr’s Thing About Trouble came on two winters ago, I had that immediate connection certain songs engender. It’s not just Burr’s lyrics, which suggest a fail-safe life philosophy (“Don’t go looking for trouble; it’s looking for you”), but also his rich voice and melodies. This Texan’s entire album, On Promenade, shares that richness.
Bio: Erica Wright is the poetry editor at Guernica. Her interview with John Ashbery, “Houses at Night”:http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/507/houses_at_night_1/, appeared in Guernica’’s February 2008 issue.