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October 15, 2004

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John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to the Orlando Sentinel. "As far as the writing, that's not so hard. Performing is the part that is kind of weird. It makes me feel very vulnerable in an exciting way. It's like doing improvisational music."

In a related article, Darnielle's current tourmate John Vanderslice is interviewed in the Tallahassee Democrat. "I absolutely believe in my own intuitive feelings about music, and I do what I think is in my best interests as a creative person. I'm not too stressed out about the general plan of my career. I really just want to make interesting records."

Fortune profiles Nick Denton and his Gawker Media blog empire.

The Nation interviews Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla. "The sheer quantity of information that is available to any person on any given day by way of a seemingly infinite number of cable channels and websites and blogs is a little bit staggering and a little bit terrifying. But there are sources for all of those things, and I think that finding the source is really the answer."

Erasing Clouds interviews Tom Wilson, Jr., who draws the comic strip Ziggy. "Actually, I like the fact that even though I have a limited space of one panel instead of say, three or four, I try and keep Ziggy simple as a character, and because of the massive reduction that's going on in size, I work six-and-a-half by six-and-a-half and make it down to, you know, really tiny in some papers, I want to keep as little copy, and keep it as un-detailed as possible, so Ziggy is basically relaying what I want him to relay."

Also from DCfC, Ben Gibbard talks to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Free Time and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Vail Daily News asks two local independent booksellers for reading suggestions.

Mother Jones interviews Steve Earle. "I’m blogging a little bit more. It’s kind of a cool medium because you run across stuff, just traveling around on the “Silver City” junket with John Sayles, and then the tour’s going to start."

Time lists their "election websites" and includes a section on political blogs.

The Seattle Times eulogizes local music venue, the Hideaway.

The Sacramento Bee profiles four local weblogs.

Bob Dylan kicks off US tour.


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