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December 3, 2005


The Last Plane to Jakarta forum discusses the recently shared Jeff Mangum demos, approaching the tracks from the viewpoints of fan and artist.

T-shirt of the day (in honor of the recently departed Pat Morita): "Nix-on, Nix-off". Sharp As Toast also gives away a free t-shirt to the high scorer of its online game (where you play as Calvin Coolidge, William Howard Taft, or Abraham Lincoln and try to avoid tacklers, I mean disease).

The great Fimoculous is once again compiling "best of" lists.

The New York Times reviews Jim Greer's Guided By Voices book, Guided By Voices. A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll.

Greer, a former Guided by Voices bassist, proves to be too perfect a Boswell, endlessly forgiving Pollard's personality flaws, obsessing over the band's drinking habits and excretory functions, and making generally outrageous claims in overwrought language ("you could make the case that his body of work in general is one long screed against the dying of the light").

The Globe and Mail blames "the great fiction crash of 2005" on blockbusters like The Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter novels.

Stylus lists ten things learned from listening to "XM radio's history of pop music."

Indie Interviews has a new look and sits down with Bunnybrains this week on the podcast.

NPR's Weekend Edition profiles the "freak folk" movement.

Santastic Holiday Boots 4 Your Stockings.

The LA Times has authors name "the most surprising new book they encountered in 2005."

Popmatters offers music, book and DVD holiday gift suggestions.

LAist interviews the GO! Team.

LAist: If you could give one piece of advice to a new band, what would it be and why?

Ian: Man, I don't feel wise enough to be giving out advice. But maybe "don't put too much stress on getting signed by a major label as if they are gonna solve all your problems—just do what you would be doing anyway. Getting signed should be a by-product."

An Aquarium Drunkard rounds up mp3 blog holiday music posts.

Guitarist Jason Narducy, who will be joining Bob Pollard's band for his solo tour, talks to the Chicago Reader.

Though Narducy had seen Guided by Voices several times, he didn't actually meet Pollard until the infamously prolific songwriter came to Chicago a couple weeks ago to sign copies of Guided by Voices: A Brief History at a Barnes & Noble. "We talked for ten minutes. And he was like, 'Do you want to do this thing?' I said yes, and now I have 50 songs to learn," says Narducy, laughing. "And I think that's just side one of the new record."

Speaking of Bob Pollard and Guided By Voices, Jim Pollard (Bob's brother) is auctioning a copy of the original Propeller album (#135/500), and the current bid is $3250. More items signed by the Pollard brothers are also available.

Fader interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers about the band's forthcoming album.

Where were y’all recording? Were you recording in Birmingham?

Well we recorded it in North Carolina at the Fidelitorium [with longtime DBT producer David Barbe], on the same tape deck that they used for Murmurs and all those cool old REM records, which I’m a big fan of. And we even got Mitch Easter to play on a song – which, actually, he’s playing on the single.

Tommy Ramone talks to Suicide Girls.

DRE: What’s a good story you want to finish the interview with?

Tommy: We were driving in our van and we pulled into a rest stop. We went in to use the facilities and as we entered the rest stop owner comes up to our road manager and goes, "It's nice of you taking care of these retarded kids."

Kate Bush lists her top ten world music tracks for the Independent.

Travelers Diagram lists their top 25 albums of the year.

"Tell me, have you played the devil's game called Secret Santa?" ("Secret santa" video by Karkis)

Beelerspace reviews Pitchfork's Death From Above 1979 review.

Forbes lists the 15 richest fictional characters.


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