As 2008 winds down, Triangle alumnus Alina Simone is turning up on some unusual year-end lists with "Everyone Is Crying Out To Me, Beware," her tribute album to the late Russian punk icon Yanka Dyagileva. Washington politico Howard Wolfson includes "Beware" in his "Best of 2008" recap of the year's best albums, calling it "your standard album of modern Russian folk covers." And Simone comes in at No. 83 on the "Top 100 People of 2008" listing of USA Today's pop-culture blog "Pop Candy."
As for future projects, Simone recently signed a book deal to write a memoir -- "essays loosely themed around my strange adventures in indie rock, especially in Russia," she says. Meanwhile, she'll return to English-language songs on her next album, "Make Your Own Danger," due out sometime next year.
More immediately, Simone will be back in the Triangle on Jan. 24 to play the Carrboro ArtsCenter.