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December 2, 2005

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Singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield talks to the Charlotte Observer.

"I can't compete in today's marketplace anyway," the 38-year-old said. "Mainstream culture is gross. People with the most amazing talent are taking their clothes off to sell their music. I find it disgusting and I'm not a prude. Aretha Franklin never put on a bikini to sell records. Would she have to if she was starting out now?"


The Denver Post lists holiday music recommendations.


Bob Mould talks to the Washington Square News.

"I think in the wake of [the Pixies] reunion, most of the [reunion concerts] that have come since have not been very successful. With Gang of Four, for instance, I was sad they did not take the time to write new songs...but I don’t think the market is going to sustain too many of those [reunions]."


The Biloxi Sun Herald adds some local flavor to its music gift guide.


Aversion reviews Robert Pollard's soundtrack EP, Bubble.

Robert Pollard writes and records music the way most people breathe – as a matter of biology, not choice. Sometimes his breathing sounds more labored than others, wheezing through quickie albums of nominally-inspired indie rock, stretching his songwriting gifts too thinly.


The Seattle Times lists some of the city's "top new bands."


The Globe and Mail reviews the Eralies album, These Were the Earlies.

The giants of the past loom large behind this disc, which at times sounds like the Beatles / Beach Boys matchup that never happened.


Marathon Packs lists his top 50 albums of 2005.


Episode 15 of the Bat Segundo Show features author Octavia Butler.


Contributors to the Independent select their favorite books of 2005.


The San Francisco Bay Times profiles the Subways.


The Independent test drives music suggestion websites.


The Harvard University Gazette profiles author Haruki Murakami.


Filter offers top tens of 2005 from Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and Shirley Manson of Garbage.


The Independent offers fiction suggestions for holiday presents.


Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay talks to the LA Times about her new album, and the label's insistence to abridge it from her original plans.

"I just really feel that if the 65-minute album doesn't happen, it's the end of my relations with Sony, because if this is the music business, I don't want to be in the music business," said the singer, whose 2004 debut album, "Get Away From Me," sold 104,000 copies and made a strong showing in year-end "best-of" lists.


My Blog Is Poop offers year-end best album list advice.


AskMetafilter responds with good MP3-ripping services. My recommendation: nieces and nephews with time on their hands.


The New York Times lists the 10 best books of 2005.


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