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September 19, 2006


The MacArthur Foundation announced their 2006 fellows. Included in the recipients of the "genius grants" are the deserving author George Saunders and musician and composer John Zorn.

The Onion A.V. Club lists ten "highly pretentious musical instruments."

Singer-songwriter Emily Haines puts her iPod on shuffle for the Onion A.V. Club.

Elliott Smith, "Say Yes"

EH: I can't say enough about Elliott Smith. I miss him. I think we need more poets, and I wish he hadn't left. I'm trying to keep him alive by listening to his music all the time.

The Toronto Star reports that Final Fantasy won Canada's inaugural Polaris Music Prize.

In the Sacramento Bee, singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega reviews Bob Dylan's new album, Modern Times, and explores the similarities between some of the lyrics and the poems of Henry Timrod.

Is it part of the "folk process" to lift a few specific metaphors or phrases whole from someone else's work? I really don't think it is. Being influenced by a text and reworking it is not the same as directly quoting, which is what he has done here. Still, Bob Dylan doesn't have to steal from anybody. Go into any club that still has hoot night, and you will hear someone at the mike stealing from Bob Dylan. His singing and writing style is one of the most influential and recognizable of the last century. And the phrases that he lifted were only details in the scope of this new album.

Wired's Listening Post blog profiles Seeqpod, an online music search tool.

SeeqPod works by grabbing music from wild, disparate areas of the Web and presenting them to you in one nice, easy, scrolling interface.

The Guardian reports that J.R.R. Tolkein's son has completed one of the authors unfinished stories, and the resulting book will be published in the spring.

In a statement issued through the publishers Houghton Mifflin in the US and HarperCollins in the UK, he said: "It has seemed to me for a long time that there was a good case for presenting my father's long version of the legend of the children of Hurin as an independent work, between its own covers."

NPR's All Things Considered profiles and interviews songer-songwriter Ryan Adams, and has an extended, web-only interview available.

Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good interviews Shearwater over dinner.

What was that like touring with the Mountain Goats? They’re one of my favorite bands.

T: Awesome, Totally Great.
K: They were great guys.
H: I thought it was really interesting to be in the middle of the set and Jonathon was giving everything and I looked over to the side and there’s kindof this window and I could see into Darnielle’s dressing room. And he’s in there twirling, his arms were up and he’s mouthing the exact same lyrics, belting them out.
Me: I saw him at Pitchfork Fest and I noticed him backstage watching a few of the other bands playing.
T: He’s really well-versed in his death metal.
K: They’re also really good about picking out cool bands and taking them on tour with them.

No Love For Ned has singer-songwriter Annie Palmer in the studio for a performance on the streaming radio program.

Sleater-Kinney and Sub Pop are putting together a retrospective DVD for the band, and are soliciting fan contributions.

Hello everyone.
We are putting together a retrospective DVD and are hoping you can help. If you have any film or video footage of us that's gathering dust in your closet, please do us the favor of digging it out and sending us a copy. Over the years, we've amassed a pretty large library of images ourselves, but in our quest to make a complete visual artifact, we didn't want to leave any stone unturned.

Please limit submissions to DVD or VHS format only. Also, please do not send in originals, as we will not be able to return your submissions. Lastly, we promise not to use any footage without the submitters consent.

Please send all VHS tapes or DVDs along with your contact information to:
Sub Pop Records
Attn: SK DVD submission
2013 4th Ave
3rd Floor
Seattle, WA. 98121

Black Marks on Wood Pulp is having bloggers list their ten favorite writers.

Author Matthew Skelton talks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the theme of his bestseller, Endymion Spring.

"I just love physical books -- the smell of them, the way they feel. That's part of the main idea of 'Endymion Spring,' that you read with much more than your eyes."

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole talks to the Scotsman about his new album, Anti-Depressant.

"It's very hard if you don't have some novelty about you," he says. "I've been around for ever, so why should anyone get excited about a new Lloyd Cole album? To my mind, my music doesn't sound all that different from some of the popular bands around at the moment. The difference is that they're in their twenties and have cool haircuts and I'm a grey-haired 45-year-old."

Daytrotter has Chicago's Bound Stems in the studio for a performance and interview.


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