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March 13, 2005


Rate Your Music lists its users' consensus top 100 esoteric albums of 2004. How many did you buy (28 for slightly esoteric me)?

Pre-order the new Mountain Goats cd, The Sunset Tree at Insound and get 15% off if you enter the code "goat15" in the coupon code field. Looking for something else? Enter "largehearted" to get 10% off your entire order (through the end of this month).

M Ward talks to the Oregonian. "I get very little inspiration from modern music. When you hear older songs, those are of educational interest to me. Whatever you do, whether you're an athlete, or an automobile repairman, or a musician, requires that you know a bit of the history of the profession -- the mistakes that have been made, the accomplishments -- to be a 'student of the game.' For my particular musical education, older texts are more valuable than being up to date on everyone who's in Spin magazine."

Not Your Usual Bollocks is a "UK Alternative Music Podcast" and blog.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that manga is taking over the USA one bookstore at a time. (It's true... I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday, and they had a feature table set up filled with manga titles)

The New York Daily News reviews the excellent new Jess Klein album, Strawberry Lover.

Echoditto is offering "spotcasts" from SXSWi.

Visit the Nina Hagen Electronic Shine.

Listen to the White House tapes of US presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles Colorware, the company that custom-colors computers and iPods.

Author Tom Bissell talks to the Contra Costa Times about his latest collection of short stories, God Lives in St. Petersburg.

The Thrills talk to icWales.

Why do awards shows suck?

The Toronto Star reviews Nick Hornby's collection of essays, The Polysyllabic Spree.

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