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March 1, 2006

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Rockers big and small have turned down big bucks from Hummer for the use of their songs in advertising. (thx to Ned & Maria)

While multi-platinum artists like Talking Heads and Smashing Pumpkins have declined, more of the "thanks-but-no-thanks" crowd are musicians who would benefit greatly by the exposure that accompanies a national ad campaign, like electronic artists Caribou and Four Tet, or acid-bluesmen the Soledad Brothers.

"It had to be the worst product you could give a song to," Harris said. "It was a really easy decision. How could we go on after soundtracking Hummer? It's just so evil."


LA Weekly has a roundtable consisting of musician John Darnielle and authors Rick Moody and Jonathan Lethem discuss the "crossbreeding of literature and pop."


The Manitoban Online defines the "indie lifestyle."

Whatever it is, indie is no longer synonymous with unique; rather, it’s become a cult, in the worst sense of the word: a desperate clawing at independence, rather than an assertion of it.


Stylus profiles Food network (and our fascination with it).

Much like elaborately packaged Hollywood celebrities, the chefs on the Food Network are replete with their own senses of style, quirks, and defining methods of food preparation. But unlike Hollywood A-listers, these in-house celebrities prime themselves to become intimate icons.


Storyglossia is an online literary magazine focusing on short stories.


The Onion A.V. Club lists ten great films directed by actors.


The Telegraph previews the London Book Fair.


iLounge steps up with an early iPod Hi-Fi review.


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