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October 14, 2006


Stylus lists the top ten songs "by artists about other artists."

Drowned in Sound lists numbers 21-44 in their list of the 66 best albums of the last six years.

The Wisconsin State Journal interviews author and comic artist Chris Ware.

State Journal: A previous interview quotes you as saying, "Comics haven't really developed much since about 1920." Do you still believe this?

Ware: I was specifically referring to the overall language, which more or less was arrested by the rise of motion pictures in the 1930s.

Comics began to imitate their rapidly developing visual signifiers and metaphors (close-ups, long shots, pans) and essentially calcified as a medium, even though the early language of cinema was, ironically, largely drawn from early comic strips. It wasn't until the underground cartoonists of the 1960s very self-consciously returned to the comics of the 1920s that the medium "came alive" again.

Singer-songwriter Kaki King performs live in the Minnesota Public Radio studio.

NPR's Morning Edition has a "gruesome guide" to the literary allusions in Daniel Handler's Lemony Snicket books.

Caligari Carnival: Madam Lulu's carnival is named after The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a silent movie about a string of murders committed in Germany.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers is keeping a tour diary at the Gibson guitars site.

The Owl and Bear is offering direct lossless downloads of indie rock shows.

Esopus is celebrating the release of its seventh issue with an event October 24th at New York's The Kitchen. Performances include actress Jennifer Jason Leigh reading a series of short poems by Vincent Katz and a performance by Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan of the Wrens.

Esopus 7 ships October 20th and includes:

Our latest issue features artists' projects by Frank Benson, Kira Lynn Harris, Gareth Jones and Alex Katz & Vincent Katz, as well as the mesmerizing battle drawings of 13-year-old Alex Brown, 100 frames from Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady (with commentary by Dennis Lim), David Greenberger’s “Tiny Book of Smokes,” Angus Trumble’s “1727 in Retrospect,” and new fiction by Vivien Shotwell. Esopus 7 also inaugurates two new series: “Modern Artifacts,” presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art, which features never-before-published treasures from MoMA’s archives (in this case, a full set of Alfred H. Barr Jr.’s preparatory sketches for his iconic “Cubism and Modern Art” diagram). For the second series, “Guarded Opinions,” museum and gallery guards offer writer Paul VanDeCarr their critical perspectives on the art they oversee. The issue closes with a piece by Mitch Horowitz examining the influence of Ouija on American culture, followed by our seventh invitational CD, which also takes “Ouija” as its theme. Participants, each of whom were given a board by Esopus to use as a tool in their songwriting, are Asobi Seksu, Patrick Cleandenim, Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, The Earlies, El Perro del Mar, Excepter, The Focus Group, Tom Krueger, The Rosebuds, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Danielle Stech-Homsy, TheSwimmingPools, and Greg Weeks.

Esopus has quickly become one of my favorite periodicals with its original artwork and music.

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