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October 23, 2005

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The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Mark Kozelek.

Q: How do you go from covering AC/DC to Modest Mouse?

A: It's quite a leap. But the truth of the matter is this is nothing I planned. At least it's not like a Thin Lizzy or Judas Priest covers record. That would be too obvious. I mean, everybody I've covered until now is dead or, like Paul McCartney, almost dead -- John Denver, Bon Scott, Neil Diamond, Kiss, Yes. So at least it makes me unpredictable.


The St. Petersburg Times Floridian interviews singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

How coincidental that your husband, Michael Penn, also released a concept album this year. Were you both talking high concept over dinner and around the house?

(Laughs.) No, not at all, but I do think we are influenced by (a few) of the same things. One is just the changing times in how people look at music. It has become so singles-oriented and disposable. You either try to keep up with that culture or you completely drop out of it and do whatever you want. I think that for the two of us, who are on indie labels, because there's no pressure to come up with singles, we've just gone the other way and given ourselves the freedom to do whatever we want and have the ideas behind the records go as deep as we want.


Sign On San Diego interviews the owner of Gary's Record Paradise.

Who is your target audience?

It used to be pretty much people from 35 to 65. But in the last few months, a lot of kids 12 to 27 have been coming in looking for classic rock, blues and jazz.


The Sunday Independent reviews Bret Easton Ellis's novel, Lunar Park.

While some of the supernatural elements are hard to swallow, Lunar Park is an ambitious, clever and weirdly compelling combination of fantasy and fact.


The Decemberists' Colin Meloy talks to the Daily Nebraskan.

"The Arcade Fire have to worry about the risk of a backlash," said Decemberists vocalist and guitarist Colin Meloy.

"They’re fantastic, and they deserve the success. I think we've taken relative baby steps in finding success."


The Observer joins Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand on the road.


The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Brad Vice's book of short stories, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train (winner of the 2005 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction).


The Expatriate Literary Circle is a monthly literary magazine focusing on expatriate authors.


Peter Gallagher of "The O.C." lists music you should hear for Amazon.


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