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November 1, 2006


Golf Digest lists the "top 100 musicians in golf." (warning: Kenny G photo at top of article)
(PDF link to entire list)

Stylus interviews the founders of Alien8 Recordings on their tenth anniversary.

Do you feel the internet has helped or hindered you record label?

O’Hara: Well, I think it’s mostly helped but I’ve—

Worsley: We’re starting to see the hindrance now— (laughs)

O’Hara: The thing is it helps in so many ways, there’s so much people can access so quickly with the internet, and music is certainly no exception to that. You know, you can just see everywhere on blogs and MySpace so much activity and exchange regarding music, so especially as a really small label you get much more exposure with the internet then you could ever hope to with traditional media. But now it is evident people don’t need to buy records and can still have a pretty awesome record collection.

My whole thinking is that there’s this whole generation growing up that hasn’t been immersed in a culture of going to record stores and checking out releases as physical products. It’s kind of foreign to them. So you know the question is obviously for small labels and bands, how will people still be able to make money off music, to sell it, to market it? It’s difficult to say. I mean there’s definitely iTunes and so forth and there is quite a bit of activity there but from our perspective it’s nowhere near making up for the lost CD sales.

The Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader profiles local record label, Summersteps.

The label has also released two tribute albums in honor of Texas based artist Jandek. The albums are two collections of compilations, which boast an impressive lineup of national recording artists such as Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Brother JT, The Mountain Goats, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and Bright Eyes, just to name a few.

Cracked lists five comedy films snobs love.

Stream the new Shins single at the band's MySpace page.

The New York Observer reviews the new Hold Steady album, Boys and Girls in America.

They’ve abandoned the conceptual narrative that stretched across their first two albums, ditching the vivid characters and intricate plotlines that landed them in The New Yorker last spring alongside storytelling songwriter John Darnielle. And instead of snarling his lyrics like a hoarse and surly bard, as he’s done in the past, Mr. Finn now sings his melodies with the voice of a true pop star. The people he sings about, in turn, seem less consumed by self-destruction. Danger is less of a presence in their lives than it was on the Hold Steady’s previous work, and their troubles, accordingly, come across as less debilitating. Where did all the anguish go?

Boston's Globe and Herald review a recent show by the band.

The OC Register reviews last weekend's Vegoose Music Festival.

The real highlight of this year's festival, though, was what can only be described as the Vegasness of the whole thing. At Coachella, too-cool-for-school hipsters worry all weekend about finding the next-big-thing and miss out on enjoying themselves. Bonnaroo is a mass of humanity that becomes one of the biggest (and most zombie-like) cities in Tennessee for four full days and nights every year. Having Vegoose in Vegas gives even the most hard-core revelers a bed to sleep in and an excuse to party, making the music nearly secondary. The audience for Vegoose – like most weekend festivals – is almost entirely travelers; a large Southern California contingent made the drive.

Chris Funk of the Decemberists talks to Philadelphia Weekly.

“It wasn't so much a decision of major or indie,” says multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk (yep, he's the hurdy-gurdy man). “Our contract was up with Kill Rock Stars and we were just like, ‘We can keep doing the same thing that works, or we can try something new in our life.' Never once did we say, ‘We want to play to even bigger audiences.' In fact, we don't ever really want to play basketball arenas or anything like that. That's, like, for athletes.”

The Village Voice previews this week's CMJ Music Marathon.

The CBC has announced a programming initiative that will produce television adaptations of Canadian fiction, including Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride, Douglas Coupland's jPod, and Mordecai Richler's St. Urbain's Horseman and Barney's Version.

"By defining and branding this new programming strand, CBC Television is creating new opportunities for producers and writers to propose and develop projects that will make proven connections with Canadians everywhere," Stursberg said.

Drowned in Sound finishes its top 66 albums since 2001 list with the top 6 releases.

The Chicago Maroon examines the state of American literature.

Singer-songwriter Tori Amos talks to AOL Music about scary music.

"If you really want to get into music that makes you squirm in your seat and is bone-chilling, then you have to check out [Russian composer] Sergei Prokofiev, because it's so dissonant," Amos tells AOL Music. "His musical vocabulary doesn't come from the West. It doesn't come from prosperity. It comes from unrest and terror. That's the hardcore stuff."

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts today.

Reuters interviews film producer turned author Frank Beddor about his debut novel, The Looking Glass Wars.

Q: When did you start to really focus on your writing?

A: "About seven year ago but I didn't tell people. In Hollywood writing a book is like a step down and for five years I literally fell off the face of the planet while I worked on this book. People were surprised that I was not producing any more movies and would ask me what I was doing. I'd just tell people I was working on lots of different films and that satisfied them. I didn't want questions about writing a book because as a first time author I could not take that pressure.

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this week's CD & DVD releases


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