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February 28, 2007


Literary Rags sells t-shirts featuring authors and quotations from their books.

Popmatters interviews Terry Six of the Nice Boys (and formerly of the Exploding Hearts).

Asked what people should remember about Exploding Hearts, he thought for a minute, then replied. “We tried to really give something to everybody that we all loved and we wanted to give it back and we did. I think we did a really good job at that. We showed that we could ... we showed them that if we could do this, they could, too ... anybody that loved that kind of music could do it.”

The San Francisco Public Library lists romance books suitable for teens.

Stylus lists the top ten songs to play after accidental exposure to Bill O'Reilly.

Author Emily Rapp talks to Minnesota Public Radio about her memoir, Poster Child.

Singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh talks to Boston's Phoenix.

“You can find my whole life in the songs, and good luck with that,” she cautions. “For one thing, you’d get lost in the pronouns — especially the word ‘you.’ People come and go in my songs, so whoever ‘you’ is always changes. It’s probably better not to listen to the words at all.”

Grovel is a website dedicated to graphic novel news.

The A.V. Club lists 13 sidekicks who are cooler than their heroes.

Philadelphia Weekly interviews Clinic's Ade Blackburn.

Do the separate release dates for Visitations in the U.K. and U.S. allow you any perspective?

“I think it does to an extent, because the usual way it’d work is you make a tour months before an album and two months after, say. And in that time you’d tour the U.K. and then tour America. But this way it means we’re able to give a lot more and put a lot more into the shows rather than just being music by numbers. I think it means you can play different songs off an album, and in that way it does give you perspective, rather than just having one set of songs you play to death for three months.”

Deerhoof's Greg Saunier puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

Stevie Wonder, "Maybe Your Baby"

GS: Stevie Wonder is known by anyone who visits the dentist as a man who writes very heartwarming, touching love songs that play on "light rock, less talk" stations. And he's known by connoisseurs of cool music as somebody who made really good funk-related music in the '70s, and played all his own instruments. But he's known by me as somebody who once in a great while would do really funny songs.

Esquire judges several versions of Chuck Klosterman's book, Killing Yourself to Live, by their covers.

see also: Klosterman's Largehearted Boy Book Notes for the book.

JamBase interviews singer-songwriter John Vanderslice about the Noise Pop festival.

Noise Pop is a unique festival, what's your favorite aspect of Noise Pop and what are you most excited about?

John Vanderslice: Well, Noise Pop was my first solo show ever, opening up for Bob Mould and then the Mountain Goats! I've only missed it once and it remains something that connects me to San Francisco. I love the opening night party [taking place Tuesday 2/27 at Mezzanine]. The booking is always eclectic and interesting.

Metromix interviews Wilco bassist John Stirratt about his other band, the Autumn Defense.

Is Wilco now a supergroup in reverse?

That's interesting. Yeah, it's really funny. [Singer] Jeff [Tweedy]'s touring, and [the band's other projects are] all so different. Even Jeff's performances, they're for people that kind of really enjoy some of the more arcane Wilco songs. It's funny; that's a good way to put it.

HearYa has direct links to most of the mp3s made available by SXSW. is streaming several shows from San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival, including John Vanderslice's performance tonight.

see also:

this week's CD & DVD releases


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