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September 9, 2005


Bookslut's Michael Schaub lists fifty books in a guide to rock novels (with many thanks to LHB readers).

Get a free 4GB iPod Nano from the Free iPod folks.

Author Rita Mae Brown talks to Southern Voice.

The Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg loves the new Apple Nano.

"In fact, the nano has the best combination of beauty and functionality of any music player I've tested -- including the iconic original white iPod."

The Telegraph handicaps the Booker Prize finalists, making Julian Barnes' Arthur & George the clear 6/4 favorite.

Artist Wes Freed talks to the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the Nascar hood that will adorn his Drive-By Truckers artwork Saturday in the Chevy Rock& Roll 400.

"It's strange," Freed said about his art's NASCAR premiere. "We always joked about how cool it would be. And now, to see it on a Jack Daniel's car? That's so cool."

O'Reilly offers a podcast hosting comparison.

The San Francisco Gate reviews Josephine Yun's new book, JRock, Ink., which profiles 40 Japanese rock bands.

Sufjan Stevens confuses Bostonist, and talks to Chartattack.

"I think people have been taking me far too seriously and I think I've been taking myself far too seriously," he says. "I saw a real discrepancy between the nature of that persona and the nature of my true personality. In conversation with my family and my friends my humour is very explicit and I'm known to be very sarcastic and even sardonic and I often reveal my emotional reactions through humour. I never utilized that in my music so I wanted to reveal more of that as a way of monitoring the prevalence and earnestness that went into people's understanding of me and my music."

Death Cab for Cutie talks to Rolling Stone.

"There was a promise that bands made in the early Nineties," adds Harmer. "The promise was that music could be challenging and good and progressive and still be commercially viable. Somewhere along the line, it went off the tracks. I'm very happy that there seems to be some commodity in nerdy things again."

PC World gives the iPod Nano 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

Twilight Singer and former Afghan Whig Greg Dulli lists his ten favorite albums:

1. Prince - Purple Rain
2. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
4. Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
5. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
6. Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
7. Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
8. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
9. Pink Floyd - The Wall
10. The Clash - London Calling

The Tallahassee Democrat profiles Rilo Kiley.

Apollo Sunshine talks to the Boston Globe about their self-titled album (out September 13th).

Boing Boing points out the "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" remix.

I Love Music lists the best Beatles covers ever.

Today's Lunar Park review:

Yale Daily News: "a sort of surreal autobiography, a fanciful exploration of a direction his life could have taken."


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