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May 10, 2005

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John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is interviewed by Nerve.

Punknews reviews the new Mountain Goats album, The Sunset Tree, and the Boston Herald reviews Sunday night's MG show.

Robert Pollard has announced another Guided By Voices compilation, Suitcase II, which will consist of a hundred songs on four discs (the same format as the original Suitcase). The expected release date is Halloween, 2005, which is also Pollard's birthday.

In other Pollard news, music critic (and former GBV bassist as well as Kim Deal's ex-fiance) Jim Greer's book on Bob Pollard will hit the streets in late October or early November. The book, titled Guided By Voices: A Brief History. Twenty-one Years Of Hunting Accidents In The Forests Of Rock And Roll, will feature an introduction by Steven Soderbergh and "incredibly poignant commentary from people like Ric Ocasek, Dennis Cooper, Bun E Carlos, and Bryan Pollard." I'm expecting something along the line of Greg Kot's Wilco book, but a bit more of a love-in. Has anyone read Greer's REM: Behind the Mask?

The Book Standard profiles Baltimore indie stalwarts (and LHB 52 Books 52 Weeks sponsor) Atomic Books.

I started streaming songs from my media server to work today, and in the process reinstalled the Audioscrobbler plugin. Add me as a friend, if you like.

The Christian Science Monitor examines three Sherlock Holmes spinoffs, including Michael Chabon's The Final Solution.

Jambands.com profiles artists possibly unknown to jam band fans.

The Monkeyfilter wiki lists mp3 blogs.

The Telegraph examines the "sexing up" of classical music.

The New York Daily News catches up with Calla.

Author Nick Hornby talks to ic Newcastle. "My books have all sold a million copies each, which in publishing is amazing, but if it was a TV programme they'd take it off."

np: Centro-matic: Love You Just the Same


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