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August 29, 2005


Carl Newman of the New Pornographers lists "music you must hear" for

Author Salman Rushdie talks to the Guardian about his new novel, Shalimar the Clown.

iPod Garage eulogizes the Rio mp3 player.

The Times-Picayune's book editor shares her family's summer reading.

Artists like Paul McCartney and Alanis Morissette use aliases on preview albums to fool music pirates (seriously).

Stereophile reviews John Marks' book, A Love Supreme : The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album.

I missed this article a while back on one of my favorite hip hop artists, MF Grimm.

Toronto's indie man-about-town and Chromewaves author Frank Yang is interviewed by BlogTO. My favorite line?

"A day without Largehearted Boy is like a day without sunshine." I'm blushing...

CNET lists the ten sexiest gadgets of the past ten years.

Harry Potter books inspire a curiosity in mythology.

Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding talks about his first novel, Misfortune, written under his given name, Wesley Stace.

Ben Gibbard talks to Billboard about Death Cab for Cutie's major label debut, Plans.

"There are opportunities available to bands on a major label that are incredibly difficult to attain for independent bands," he continues. "That's just the way things are. We can hem and haw about how we're not on the radio, and we can hem and haw about how our overseas situation was a nightmare. We were on five different labels in Europe alone, not to mention a label in Japan and Australia. So we can hem and haw about how difficult it all is, or we can take the plunge."

The Independent Collegian breaks up with Radiohead.

Sons and Daughters talks to Wessex's Online Scene.

Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder talks to the Detroit Free Press.

"Every person has all these things busting inside them and they want to get out. I think the healthiness for us is we've allowed people to explore those and it's relieved any kind of pressure."

The New York Times previews Joan Didion's new book, The Year of Magical Thinking, "a memoir of coping and grief that accompanied the sudden death of her husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne, and the long, lingering illness of her daughter and only child, Quintana Roo Dunne Michael."

Dutch artist Pii has created wooden iPods ("PiiPods"), that solve the problems of iPod muggings and personal music player-related hearing loss.

Griffin Technologies has started producing interesting Chameleon cases for the iPod Mini.

Nothing But Noise is offering several downloadable video documentaries of visual artists (of interest to my wife, an accomplished artist herself).

AskMetafilter offers suggestions for danceable indie music.

Digital Music News is a great resource for digital music issue news.


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