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October 30, 2006


The New York Daily News examines musicians forsaking major labels to distribute their own music.

If done successfully, going the independent route can be more lucrative than a record deal. Artists get to keep the rights to their master recordings and potentially capture a much bigger share of their record sales - $5 to $6 per album vs. the standard $1 to $2.

The New Yorker asks its regular contributors what they are currently reading.

Australia's The Age asks various film buffs, horror writers and editors to name their favorite horror film and explain why it's great in 100 words or less.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks to the Boston Herald about his band's Springsteen comparisons.

“Obviously that classic bar rock thing is something we go for, and Springsteen has done it very well,” Finn said from a tour van crossing Texas. “But I hate to make such a one-to-one comparison because a lot has happened musically since the E Street Band made those records 30 years ago.”

Popmatters offers a sampler of rock songs with black female vocalists.

Stylus lists the top 50 live albums of all time.

NPR is streaming the Decemberists' Washington performance tonight.

The Winnipeg Free Press reviews recently published graphic novels.

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Harp asks musicians questions about the best and worst about the last five years.

The San Diego Union-Tribune profiles local indie record store, Lou's Records.

To offset the slump, Lou's has allowed its staff to shrink via attrition in recent years from about 24 workers to 18. The store also hopes to unveil in January a new online store, which is expected to include a music downloading option for customers, Davis said.

In Entertainment Weekly, author Stephen King lists his ten favorite audiobooks.

Audio is merciless. It exposes every bad sentence, half-baked metaphor, and lousy word choice. (Listen to a Tom Clancy novel on CD, and you will never, ever read another. You'll never be able to look at another one without gibbering.) I can't remember ever reading a piece of work and wondering how it would look up on the silver screen, but I always wonder how it will sound. Because, all apologies to Mr. Bloom, the spoken word is the acid test. They don't call it storytelling for nothing.

The National Post reviews two recent coffee table books about rockers: U2 by U2, by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. with Neil McCormick, and The Rolling Stones: In the Beginning, by Bent Rej and Bill Wyman.

A Czech newspaper reports that author Haruki Murakami is visiting the country to accept the country's Franz Kafka Prize.

American Indians in Children's Literature is a blog whose subject is evident.

T-shirt of the day: "Kissing the Lipless"

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