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September 12, 2006


The Daily Texan reviews several albums from performers from the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

USA Today delves into product placements in books.

Matthews thinks authors deserve a piece of that. "No one bats an eyelid at all the product placement in films or the sponsorship of (shows) on TV, so why should commercial novels be any different?" Matthews said in an e-mail.

"Literary snobs might say otherwise, but all of the major literary prizes are sponsored by corporate money, so they don't mind taking the corporate (money) when it suits. I'd advise any writer to give it a go if the opportunity arises."

Seed examines the growth is Chinese science fiction literature.

The link between science fiction and actual scientific progress may seem specious to those reared on Western sci-fi, but in China the connection isn't so farfetched. Kehuan, the Chinese term that means science fiction, suggests more forecasting than fiction—huan means both imagination and prediction. "Part of the value of science fiction is that it makes us consider the future," said Jiang Xiaoyuan, professor of science history at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who reviews foreign sci-fi films for the Shanghai press. "It can directly influence scientific development."

Popmatters previews the fall movie releases.

The Arizona Daily Star interviews John Roderick of the Long Winters.

AZNightBuzz: Just to start things off, you said you were in the studio earlier today. What were you guys doing?

John Roderick: We were recording a track because there’s an HBO series that is in production right now and the music supervisor is a fan of The Long Winters. She asked us to do a song that they might end up using as the theme song. It’s totally speculative and it’s a Hollywood thing. I’m sure they have a bunch of bands all submitting versions of a track for the thing.

We’ve never really done anything like that before and now we’re getting asked to do that type of stuff so I think it’s fun. We had a day off today and the idea of going into a studio and recording a song to all of us seemed like the perfect way to spend the day off in LA. What are we going to do, go to Disneyland? Really going into the studio and recording a song is like going to Disneyland.

AZNB: So was it an original composition?

JR: No, we did a cover of the Velvet Underground song “What goes on.”

Good Hodgkins is keeping score: Music 3, Bob Pollard 2, in 2006.

trivia: Bob Pollard pitched the first no-hitter in Wright State University history.

The University of Tulsa's Daily Collegian reviews the Pitchfork music festival.

In the end, Os Mutantes made everyone else look like untalented musicians. Perhaps what many of the bands have in common at Pitchfork is that they are mostly self-taught, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s not like rappers Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock could have taken classical hip-hop lessons. In the end, the vibe and the value were great. But the lesson is that sometimes the best acts are the ones that feel like they have something to prove.

Undercover gives details on the Mountain Goats Australian tour.

Pitchfork editors each discuss a opersonal favorite track that didn't make their 200 top songs of the 1960's feature.

Wikipedia lists lists of songs.

Harp takes Yo La Tengo's James McNew and Ira Kaplan to a Mets game and discusses sports and music with them.

“I left sports for rock music at about 15,” remembers McNew. “I think it had something to do with the emergence of jocks. I liked sports, but at some point I just didn’t have much in common with anyone I was playing with. But I think the Revenge of the Nerd-style jock is prevalent in popular music, too. I think of Limp Bizkit and Staind as the jocks.”


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