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November 13, 2005


The San Jose Mercury News reviews recently released music box sets.

A Toledo Blade writer confesses that she's a "chick lit" fan.

Coolfer has Damien Kulash from OK Go guest blogging from the band's tour.

DogCatRadio is streaming music for your pets.

Read the online book, Hanging on a Star, an annotated exploration into the guitar style and techniques of Nick Drake.

The San Francisco Chronicle gives Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard a "pop quiz."

Q: Is Death Cab for Cutie on a mission to make lite rock cool again?

A: What's really at the core of what we're doing right now is to try to bring back that smooth, early- to mid-'70s soft-rock style that was all over radio. We also want to bring AM radio back. We want to make it a viable bandwidth again.

The Observer examines the language of music bloggers.

In many ways, the writers at Pitchfork and the Village Voice bloggers are picking up where the late rock critic Lester Bangs - who wrote for Rolling Stone and, later, a pre-blog Village Voice - left off, adding a dose of irony lifted from satirical magazine the Onion to his self-referential, often impenetrable reams of excited babble. Thanks to the bloggers' often highly subjective rants, bands become much talked about on the internet long before they enter the charts. It's all about being in the know, or at least pretending you're in the know.

The Hartford Courant talks to album enthusiasts who prefer vinyl to digital downloads or CDs.

T-shirt of the day: "B.F.F. (Best Friends Forever)"

"Paul is dead," the Wikipedia entry.

Slate dissects the anatomy of a rock snob.

If you liked Lifehacker's guide to free music on the web, read my A to Z list of music download sites.

The Guardian lists poll results for the top 20 geek novels.


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