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November 13, 2006

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The New York Sun profiles the career of singer-songwriter Robert Pollard.


The Whigs' Parker Gispert talks to the Orlando Sentinel.

"We're drawn to bands that write that way, that play more for just the song," Gispert says. "We're not a band that's trying to form a sound. The album is a result of us trying to write good stuff."


The Daily Californian interviews "once and future Pixies frontman" Frank Black.

DC: Thom Yorke said in an interview with SPIN that he lost sleep over Radiohead going onstage after the Pixies at Coachella 2004, comparing it to going onstage after the Beatles. P.F. Sloan told the LA Times that recording with you was the greatest day of his life since 1965. How comfortable are you with this kind of legacy, and does it ever feel like an albatross?

FB: No, I’ll take all the publicity I can get, thank you very much. I’m not quite as big as Elvis yet, so it’s great when people say nice things about you. Thank you Thom Yorke, thank you Phil Sloan.


Marc Woodworth will be reading from his brand new 33 1/3 book about Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand, and Ben Sisario will read from his Pixies' Doolittle book from the same series tonight at the Cake Shop in New York, giving Robert Pollard fans enough time to catch the former Guided By Voices frontman's show at the Bowery Ballroom later.


The Cardigans' Peter Svensson talks to Popmatters.

“This is one of the things I value most about being in this band,” says Peter. “That we allow ourselves to change direction, and that we’re not afraid of stepping away from formulas or sounds just because they were successful. Maybe that was stupid, I don’t know. But I’m really proud that once we had success with something, even if it was really popular, that if we didn’t feel like doing it that way again, then we were never going to do it. I really enjoy that."


The Miami Herald talks to authors about alternative marketing methods for their books.

In response to an e-mail asking about how he markets his books, Godin wrote: ``The unspoken truth is that except for perhaps 250 giant books every year [out of 75,000 published], the publisher is expecting the author to do 100 percent of the sales and promotion. Because authors don't understand that, they end up bitter, angry and perhaps destitute."


The Harvard Independent reviews a recent Death Cab for Cutie show.

"Which song did he say they were going to play?”

“Doesn’t matter — you’ll recognize it.”

This brief conversation, which took place in front of me, captures the gist of Death Cab’s November 3rd concert at the Boston Opera House. In this concert, Death Cab for Cutie itself, the indie sensation beloved by teens (and popularized on The OC), took a backseat to the super-catchy pop songs that made the band famous.


Jeeves and Wooster at the Hat Sharpening Shop is a site "dedicated to the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, television adaptations and period music."


The New York Times examines the wireless sharing feature of Microsoft's Zune digital music player.

Would the Zune ever be able to connect to the Internet? Could someone walk into a Starbucks and use the connection there to download a song?

Mr. Lee answered without hesitation: “Probably, one day.”

The Houston Chronicle's Techblog gathers the mostly tepid reviews.


NPR's Weekend Edition profiles the theme songs from James Bond films, and offers a bonus quiz.


Things I'd Rather Be Doing interviews author George Pelecanos.

Do you listen to music as you work, particularly the songs and artists that your characters are listening to?

I can’t listen to vocals when I write. The singing collides with the words racing through my head. I listen to film soundtracks, mainly. Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, Elmer Bernstein, John Barry, Bernard Hermann… like that.


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