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February 17, 2006


Nick Zinner, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist and published photographer, lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.

MP3 blog Moistworks is in the middle of "Writers Week," and is featuring guest posts from authors including Jonathan Lethem, Samantha Gillson, and others.

Singer-songwriter Edith Frost talks to the Boston Globe about her online presence.

"When I started my blog in 1995 -- well, it wasn't even called a blog then; it was a journal -- people were absolutely shocked," she says from her home in Chicago. "They couldn't believe I actually talked openly about people, sometimes even them. When I talk about my love life on my blog or in interviews, it tends to get quoted," she says.

Carl Newman talks to the Calgary Sun about his band, the New Pornographers.

“We wanted to come out of the gate a fully formed band.

“We didn’t want to be the band where people go, ‘Well, their first record was OK, but they got better.

“And then we concentrated on the upbeat stuff — that’s what we ended up doing, maybe thinking that was our strong point — and then slowly veering away from it.”

The Philadelphia Daily News interviews director Jonathan Demme about his Neil Young documentary.

Q: What other musicians are you anxious to work with?

A: I'm talking to Sufjan Stevens, an incredible, highly ambitious talent, kind of a young Van Dyke Parks. And I want to sit Fats Domino down at a piano and have him tell his life story.

Stylus lists the top ten "music & food/drink combo meals."

01) Feist’s Let It Die & Home-cooked pasta with olive oil-and-herb based sauce
This entire album is actually the soundtrack of a candlelit stay-in date at a studio apartment. White wine, some kind of steamed greens, and a rich whipped-chocolate dessert are also essential ingredients.

VideoSift is a Digg-like site dedicated to video.

Popmatters interviews Manchester's Elbow.

Once again, Robert Pollard has several items up for auction on eBay. I bid on the Family Feud sign from the Strokes' "Someday" video, but was immediately bid out of my budget. Watch the video (Real).

The Guardian tries self-publishing.

Athens' Flagpole lists "everything you always wanted to know" about local band, Iron Hero.

The Chicago Tribune talks to the editor of Wholphin, the DVD series produced by McSweeney's.

Future issues may include films from the writers of "The Daily Show." And then there are works based on pieces that originally ran in McSweeney's magazine. "We have a lot of adaptations we're working on. We're talking to bunch of people like Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon and Jim Shepard, who have amazing short stories that would make amazing short movies, and there are amazing directors that want to work on them."

The Boy Who Made Silence and Refuge are both graphic novels presented online.

Swarm of Beasts is catching up on children's and young adult literature, and reporting on the books from the vantage point of a soon-to-be children's librarian.

Austinist lists short films scheduled for this year's SXSW Film.

The Penn State Daily Collegian compares the Arctic Monkeys' songwriting with the Mountain Goats, the Hold Steady, and Kanye West (in a single sentence, nonetheless).

His ruminations on the politics of dancing and the malaise of a fresh century gone awry are every bit the equal of contemporary lyrical kingpins like The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, and Kanye's greatest hits.

The Christian Science Monitor covers online book swapping networks, including my current favorite, PaperBackSwap.

Dena Russ, assistant manager of B & L Books in Altamonte Springs, Fla., which offers a book exchange, says that swapping online has not affected her store. "Die-hard people who really love bookstores are never going to get out of the habit. They like the atmosphere. They like to go in, peruse the books, smell the books, hold them."


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