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February 11, 2007


Members of the Arcade Fire talk to the Toronto Star about playing small venues.

The PLUG Award winners have been announced, congratulations to Brooklynvegan, winner of "music blog of the year."

Japanmanship recommends books about video games.

Sleater Kinney's Carrie Brownstein interviews actress Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) in the Believer.

The Austin American-Statesman interviews comic artist Scott McCloud.

Austin American-Statesman: In 2000, in "Reinventing Comics," you predicted that computers and the Web would transform comics. Seven years later, have they?

Scott McCloud: They certainly have transformed comics on the Web. By conservative estimates, I think we have at least 10,000-20,000 people making comics on the Web, which is a lot. Some of those are pretty bad — probably most of them — but there's a lot of really great work going on on the Web as well. So the degree to which Web distribution has changed comics culture is enormous.

Tapestry Comics lists webcomics with RSS feeds.

Harp interviews Noel Gallagher of Oasis.

HARP: With Oasis you set your goals really high.

We actually believed it. Being bigger than the Beatles. I genuinely believed that I was going to be part of one of the biggest bands in the world at some point. And I was proved right, you know.

Press Esc lists the top 5 anti-war posters.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews author Pete Dexter about his new book, Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, A Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage.

The Age makes a case for more seasons of the Simpsons.

Director John Waters talks to the New York Times about his music compilation, A Date with John Waters.

“One of my biggest influences when I was 10 years old was the record ‘The Flying Saucer, Parts 1 and 2,’ by Buchanan and Goodman,” he recalled. “It was one of the first records to sample other records, and it used them to tell a ridiculous story. That’s my whole career: using music to tell ridiculous stories.”

Daniel Radcliffe (the actor who portrays Harry Potter) talks music with the Observer.

As we settle into our seats in a room in a boutique hotel in Chelsea, not far from the Fulham home that Radcliffe - an only child - shares with his parents, we move on to music. He's a serious fan, mostly of indie bands, and I've brought him copies of some albums not yet in the shops. He's especially chuffed to receive a copy of Bloc Party's second CD. He met singer Kele Okereke at the Reading Festival. Okereke didn't know who he was, until the actor's friend said, 'Uh, this is Daniel Radcliffe ...' Then he 'sort of twigged and it was one of those situations where it was a bit embarrassing for a moment'.

He flips excitedly through the pile. 'What's great is occasionally I'll mention a band in an interview - like, I mentioned Arcade Fire in an interview with Rolling Stone last year. Lo and behold, a month later a crate of Arcade Fire stuff turned up!' he beams.

NPR's Open Mic profiles the New Heathens.

Amazon has Haruki Murakami's new novel, After Dark, available for preorder (the book is released in teh US on May 8th).

After Dark moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

The Smiths and Morrissey Tabs has collected bass tabs for the afore-mentioned artists (I'm waiting for a Smiths/Morrissey karaoke disc).

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