Sorry, Internet prognosticators, but the world isn’t ending in 2012. At least, it’s not going to end this year because of some crazy Mayan prediction. Archaeologists at the Mayan site of Xultún (in modern day Guatemala) have discovered a 2,000-year-old calendar on the wall of a scribe’s house. According to National Geographic, the calendar includes dates about 7,000 years into the future. That means the world will actually end some time around 9012, so ha!
Elvis Perkins in Dearland may fit easily into the folk category, but one of the most striking qualities of Perkins’ music is his ability to pull the best from past decades in music history (decades dominated, ironically, by his namesake) and write them, maybe not into a single song, but a singe album, the self-titled “Elvis Perkins in Dearland,” which came out earlier this year. Referencing everything from blues to R&B to good ol’ barnstomping rock ‘n’ roll, Perkins’ performance is as confident as his songwriting. Listening to one of his albums is a bit like taking a step back in time (even his bandmates’ names are old timey: Brigham and Wyndham!); His yips and warbling echo Buddy Holly and some of his lyrics are straight out of the Old Testament, but the effect that all these styles have when played in harmony is a sound all his own.