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March 9, 2006


British football (soccer) managers reveal their favorite books.

Manchester United's Alex Ferguson has a penchant for one-legged heroes. He reaches for the tale of Long John Silver and curls up with Treasure Island by his fellow Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson.

Visit Cocorosieland.

The Hype Machine has updated its ranking of mp3 blogs, using Technorati and links as data.

Learn Out Loud lists ten people who should be podcasting (I totally agree about Margaret Cho, the woman needs a talk show).

Some record labels are halting online downloads to boost CD sales, according to the New York Times.

This Rate Your Music entry lists albums with nude covers.

Dan Keezer has his indie rock show posters for sale.

NPR is offering downloads of the Belle & Sebastian/New Pornographers Washington show from Monday, as well as an interview with Stuart Murdoch from B&S.

Spliff Huxtable is an mp3 blog featuring instrumental hip hop tracks.

The Ice Cream Man has produced a SXSW PDF zine, Off the Wookie.

Noah Lennox and Brian Weitz of Animal Collective talk to Tucson Weekly.

Lennox noted how Feels--the first album the band recorded outside of Baltimore or New York (in this instance, Seattle)--was a radical shift in many ways, saying, "The themes on the new record are way more adult. ... The themes of love ... its complications and joys, the good and the bad."

Singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato talks to the San Bernardino County Sun about the gap between his last album and Makers.

"There were a lot of different reasons why it took so long. I wasn't satisfied with some of the things I was coming up with after my last record. I generally wasn't feeling ready. I don't know if it was me, the songs or what. I just had a sense of patience with it. That's how it took four and a half years between albums."

Author Jonathan Ames speaks to Toronto's Eye Weekly.

"I participate in that American literary tradition of clarity," he says. Certainly, Ames' writing is crisp and breezy, but he rarely operates on virtue or moral principles.

Guitarist Martin Sleeman of the Morning After Girls talks to San Diego City Beat.

“Being exposed to various sorts of music from Britain and America,” he says. “That whole Grateful Dead/Haight-Ashbury sort of time—we really like mixing that with that ’80s and ’90s British sound.”

Popmatters reviews McSweeney's Wholphin #1 DVD.

To call Wholphin a magazine is an odd statement. The audience is encouraged to go about it in bits and pieces instead of viewing it in one sitting, like through a movie.

Salon examines the JT LeRoy deception i depth.

Engadget reports on the iPodmame project, now you can play classic arcade games on your iPod.


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