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May 19, 2004


My review of Robert Pollard's Fiction Man is up at 75 or Less. For me, Fiction Man is the best Pollard release since his collaboration with Doug Gillard, Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department (including Guided By Voices releases).

"Gothic elements have been woven into a story of delicacy and not a little humour. The result is that literary rarity: a page-turner of real intelligence." The Telegraph reviews Patrick McGrath's Port Mungo.

Heavy Industries is producing indie compilation cd's, then mailing them to you for the price of postage only. Sample the current comp, it's a great way to sample new bands, especially if you are bandwidth-challenged.

WNYC has an excerpt of the upcoming David Sedaris book, "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim." The radio station is also holding a pledge drive, and is offering the book (out June 1st) to patrons pledging $100 or more.

"Sure, maybe part of it is that when you first hear it there's that excitement, the rush of hearing it for the first time. But the hope is that after 50 times there's still something, the potential to find something in it that you haven't heard before. It's not just a question of hearing sounds that are buried in there -- although there might be some of that too -- but something that didn't connect before suddenly connects." Greg Saunier of Deerhoof talks to Suicide Girls about his band's wonderful record, Milk Man.

"It's amazing to hear that the breasts have had to be repaired many times because they're being worn out by too much touching." I've heard of kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, but this is what is done in Columbia?

"In other words, the Thermals have recorded a more (eek!) mature album. And after the initial shock of the higher-fidelity version wears off, that maturity emerges to show musicians who are capable of more than just great hooks and snotty vocals." Willamette Week reviews the new Thermals record, f*ckin A.

The SF Bay Guardian delves into the 33 1/3 series of books about seminal albums.

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