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June 1, 2006


According to a survey by the NME and British Hit Singles, Oasis' Definitely Maybe is the greatest album of all time.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram offers a list of summer's "hottest" books.

CNET examines the increasingly growing relationship between newspapers and blogs.

Initially caught off guard by blogs, newspapers and old-guard news agencies are now racing to present their own. So far, the results have been mixed. While papers such as the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman are using blogs to give readers a news voice they never had before, other papers like the Washington Post are struggling with everything from charges of plagiarism in their blogs to being labeled with the word every editor dreads--boring.

Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy talks to Exclaim about role-playing games.

Contrary to appearance, Pallett isn’t big into role-playing games. He just reads the books. “I find them really interesting from an anthropological perspective,” he says. “It’s a new system of belief that’s entirely fictional and yet so resolute in its ability to simplify the entire workings of the universe with the roll of dice. My argument is — and this is the reason for the existence of this record — that though [D&D] was created strictly for entertainment purposes, it does fill a mental need that a lot of people who do not have an actual system of beliefs require. I’m not trying to stereotype D&D players as godless atheists, but come on, D&D isn’t played by most church groups.”

Actor Steven Seagal has a blues album (insert punchline here).

Angus Andrew of Liars talks to the Los Angeles Times.

"We're not blind or deaf to reaction to our records," he says. "It's important to us to really try and listen to what people say about us."

The Portland Mercury gushes (rightfully) over Michelle Tea's latest novel, Rose of No Man's Land.

So while, yes, this is a book about a confused girl who works in the mall, that's like saying that The Old Man and the Sea is about a guy who goes fishing. Good literature's all in the execution, and Michelle Tea has got her gloved hand resting lovingly on the switch to Old Sparky.

Author A.M. Homes talks to LA Weekly about her new novel, This Book Will Save Your Life.

She is insistent that the novel is not a send-up of a spiritual journey, even if it contains absurdist satirical elements in the Kurt Vonnegut mode. “I do believe that people can be effective in other people’s lives, and that it’s often easier to do something for other people than for yourself,” she says, ratifying her hero’s journey.

If you missed picking up a copy of Free Scott Pilgrim on Free Comic Book Day, Newsarama has it available online.

Danielsen's Daniel Smith talks to Tucson Weekly.

Despite the fact that, in 1996, A Prayer for Every Hour was released on Tooth and Nail--one of the foremost labels associated with the mainstream Christian rock movement--he takes great strides to distance himself. "I didn't grow up with Christian music, really, and I don't really subscribe to the philosophy of this sort of hidden-away subculture. To me, I listen to music, and I play music that is in the mainstream, indie, underground world--it's just music to me."

Smoosh's Asya talks to Salt Lake City Weekly.

“I just write songs how I want to, and then Chloe does her thing,” Asya insists. “We don’t try to change things or do anything on purpose. We just let everything happen. I guess it works.”

The A.V. Club Blog lists the worst band names of 2006.

Drowned in Sound previews this weekend's Venn Festival.

Warren Ellis lists "this week's great works of comics literature."


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