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April 15, 2006


The Bat Segundo Show offers three literary podcasts this week recorded at this year's Alternative Press Expo, including interviews with Daniel Clowes and Alex Robinson.

Dublin's Event Guide interviews Low's Alan Sparhawk.

You have been doing this for ten years and have produced seven albums; can you see a conscious trajectory?

Sure yeah – after we’ve been doing it for eight to ten years and looking back, it is surprising to see what we did. We never had a big masterplan with each record. Some records are larger steps than others though. When we first started; we made our record after five to six months of being together. After the first record, we just kept going and the same things still motivate us, we still want to find out what we can dig out of ourselves. Some bands don’t do it for this long. There is an excitement of not knowing what is going to happen next. I have been a rock and roll dreamer since I was a teenager and I still feel like ‘wow, I get to do another one’. It is interesting to look back and even though sometimes I look at a few things that might be a little embarrassing, I have no regrets.

RIP, author Muriel Spark.

The Guardian publishes the first of two extracts from a new Haruki Murakami short story, "Hanalei Bay."

The Australian reviews Chuck Klosterman's latest book, Killing Yourself to Live.

Klosterman has been compared with Dave Eggers, but the similarities end at self-reflexivity: Eggers makes you care about his characters, Klosterman fails to make you care about him. He is a potential heir to the weighty legacy of the new journalism, but his latest effort only realises our contemporary fetish for the myth of the individual, and here the ego runs riot in a world where nobody cares.

see also: Klosterman's LHB "book notes" submission for the book

The Guardian's Alex Petridis travels to the US with the Arctic Monkeys.

If the kind of intransigence that has become their trademark seems odd back home, it is unheard of in America, where bands are expected as a matter of course willingly to press the corporate flesh and smile their way through interviews with gormless DJs. "There's no way around it," says Craig Marks, of Blender magazine. "Over here, if you want to sell a lot of records, you have to go to local radio stations in Dayton, Ohio, and shake the hands of men with satin jackets." There seems little chance of the Arctic Monkeys doing that in the foreseeable future. offers a nerdcore compilation.

There is a "definitive website" devoted to author Paul Auster.

Real Cool Time is a new music blog featuring YouTube videos of classic performances (like the Velvet Underground on Lawrence Welk).

Wikipedia lists animated television series, help fill out the list.


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