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February 13, 2006


Popmatters talks to the filmmakers from Little Quill about the Wrens documentary they are putting together.

Where are you at with the making of the film and what are your upcoming plans?
KY: We hope to be getting into the cutting room in a few months, spending some quality time with the Wrens in the recording studio (a.k.a. the second bedroom) and looking at the submission schedules for upcoming festivals in 2007. If all else fails, we'll be projecting the film on the side of a warehouse at 3 A.M. in the outer reaches of Brooklyn.

(KY stands for one of my favorite bloggers, Kathryn Yu)

Stylus offers a guide to the New Pantheon Music Awards.

Boing Boing is mirroring the second Beatles/Beastie Boys mashup album, The Beastles, by dj BC.

Alimentum is the "only online literary review all about food."

The Independent examines current British copyright law and how it hurts British music pioneers.

The problem does not relate to internet downloading; it goes back further than that to a decision made before the Second World War that British artists should only retain rights to their music for 50 years (unlike the 95-year rule in place in the US). This means that any entrepreneur will be free to burn a recording of Tommy's "Singing the Blues" (which reached No 1 in December 1956) and sell it on without contributing anything to Steele or his record company Decca.

The Yale Daily News interviews Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.

scene: Why do you think the Fiery Furnaces are perceived as a challenging band?

MF: Especially with "Rehearsing My Choir," people can't use it to get excited driving down the street, or heighten themselves up while putting on makeup to go out. The songs don't function like that, even though the music in bits is very simple and tuneful, we think. But they're not organized the way people are used to it nowadays. Does that make sense?

The Independent reviews Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins' recent London performance.

It was a basic line-up, yet supple enough to give contrast and colour. On record, Lewis's voice is limited to a cutesy lilt with often inconsequential backing. Here, skeletal arrangements made each song a masterclass in control.

The Moscow Times explores Haruki Murakami's popularity in Russia.

Murakami's popularity coincided with a growing interest in all things Japanese, from second-hand cars to restaurants. Seizing the opportunity, the publishers started churning out translations of Japanese literature, and the market, which is usually wary of "highbrow" foreign books, readily accepted the invasion.

David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, talks to Haaretz.

"In certain areas, we are becoming a nearly exclusive commercial stage for publication - mainly in the area of poetry and illustration. The Atlantic, which moved from Boston to Washington, no longer publishes fiction. It is hard when you publish one story and two poems a week - and you, for instance, get a yet unpublished poem by Elizabeth Bishop - to prefer a new poet over it. But we make an effort. And several times a year we publish special issues for first-time literature. I hope that in the course of a year we also uncover a few new authors."

The Telegraph reports that author Hermione Lee will chair the judging panel for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.

The Stanford Joint Program in Design lists books for designers.

WOXY, the online indie radio station, is holding a pledge and subscription drive to stay alive.

Barsuk is streaming live acoustic tracks from John Vanderslice, Jesse Sykes, Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Ben Gibbard, and John Roderick (the Long Winters).


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