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April 11, 2007


Love of Diagrams bassist/singer Antonia Sellbach talks to the San Francisco Examiner about the connection of her music to her art.

“Over the last year, I noticed that a lot of the ideas I had musically were linking up with my art ideas,” explains the conceptualist, who also dabbles in animation and graphic design back home in Melbourne.

My Old Kentucky Blog features three in-studio tracks from Gran Bel Fisher.

Miriam DesHarnais, a librarian at the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, talks to the Baltimore City Paper about her library's extensive zine collection.

Earning academic credit while talking about television sounds too good to be true, and according to teacher and recent Tufts graduate E.J. Kalafarski , the idea at first "almost made too much sense." Kalafarski and Chadwick Matlin , a Tufts senior and fellow die-hard "Lost" fan, realized last summer that a multitude of fascinating economic and social topics could be derived from discussing the series in a classroom.

The Boston Globe examines a Tufts University class based on the television series, Lost.

Popmatters examines the growing phenomenon of sitting through rock shows.

I don’t get it. Standing and stomping and moving to the beat are so much a part of what a rock concert is about. You go to live shows to feel free! Express yourself! Maybe even make a fool of yourself (okay, paunchy, balding guys doing air guitar in the crowd may not be pretty – or safe—but rock isn’t necessarily meant to be pretty – or safe). How can you let go if your hands are folded neatly in your lap? How can you let out a whoop whilst seated?

X-Press Online talks to Wilco's Glenn Kotche about the band's new album, Sky Blue Sky.

There are plenty of guitar solos on Sky Blue Sky. Is that Nels influence?

You know it is both because some of those are Jeff absolutely. But Nels is such a brilliant player, he is so versatile that at a lot of points it just seemed right for him to solo. But Jeff has got some beautiful moments on there too, of course. I think that those parts were just right for the song. When we play live there is a great guitar dialogue happening between Jeff and Nels. Even Pat plays a lot of stuff on guitar live and in the studio too, so there is no need to subvert that – go ahead and utilise that.

Neil Gaiman has posted an mp3 of his Hugo Award-nominated short story, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties."

Blog in Plain D is devoted to Bob Dylan album covers.

UbuWeb has an amazing collection of Phyllis Johnson's multimedia magazine "Aspen" online, each issue converted to HTML. The magazine, which published from 1965-1971, contained audio flexidiscs and often 8mm films. This treasury features audio from William S. Burroughs and Marcel Duchamp, as well as video by Robert Rauschenberg and others.

As record and video stores close, the New York Observer ponders the future of their clerks.

The Baltimore City Paper profiles the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad.

Ween, unsurprisingly, comes up frequently as a point of reference among the band members, and like Ween, the Flute Squad has the musical chops to pull off both punk-rockers like 'George W. Makes Me Bleed" and country-western songs like 'Look Around." (The country tunes even come complete with banjo, mouth harp, and trumpet.) Those chops also help to make sure the jokes don't wear themselves out after one listen; after all, you can't take the wrestling tambourine player home with you. These are serious songs that just happen to have silly subjects.

ESPN gets fantasy baseball tips from Geddy Lee.

Low's Alan Sparhawk talks to the Minneapolis City Pages about the band's latest album, Drums and Guns.

"I can't deny that there are recurring themes—things dealing with the frustrations of the social state of war, modern man, and our tendency to wreck everything around us and hurt each other. But we didn't set out to make a record that was a political or moral statement."

SJ Esau talks to the East Bay Express about his music.

"I hope people don't think it's too weird or too normal, and like it on its own terms; not many of my favorite bands are the most popular acts in the world," says SJ, who lists artists like De La Soul, Sparklehorse, and Captain Beefheart as influences.

Denise Hamilton, editor of the anthology Los Angeles Noir, talks to the Los Angeles Times.

"L.A. people are very sophisticated, and, frankly, I don't think they wanted a retread of 'Double Indemnity,' " Hamilton said. "They want to be amazed and impressed and told something they don't know."

Serena Maneesh bassist Hilma Nikolaisen talks to JamBase

Hilma observes, "It's kind of hard to compare us to other bands in Norway right now because we're doing kind of a different thing." Serena Maneesh's leggy bassist has piercing, sky blue eyes, blonde hair and a face like a princess from some centuries old Norse tribe. "To make it easy, I would say that we play psychedelic rock because there is a lot of psychedelia in our music. But, I would definitely not say 'shoegazer,' which is how a lot of people describe us."

Wired's Listening Post blog profiles the social networking tool, FineTune.

Somewhat along the lines of Last.FM, MOG, and Pandora, FineTune came out of beta today with a new version of its slick personalized music streamer, which runs on your desktop (as of today), in your browser, or on your blog (see below). One thing that makes the service unique is that it lets you create a playlist on a song-by-song basis that can be published on a blog. This is a great feature, although there are limitations (45 songs with no more than 3 from the same artist).

Friedbeef's Tech lists the top ten places to get free books.

The National Post previews this year's International Man Booker Prize for literature.

Things I'd Rather Be Doing interviews author Joshua Ferris.

NPR's All Things Considered offers an excerpt from A.M. Homes' novel, The Mistress's Daughter, as well as an interview wit the author..

At the Stranger, music editor Jeff DeRoche posted his letter of resignation.

I would find myself thinking too much at shows, taxing myself to figure out which bands had most directly influenced the one I was seeing, or coming up with all the things I was going to write in the paper to preview the band next time it played. Each time I did this I would suddenly catch myself. And I would feel this pang of dread: the same feeling a kid gets on a Sunday evening when it starts getting dark and he realizes he'll have no choice but to go to school in the morning.

Conor Oberst talks to NPR's Morning Edition about the new Bright Eyes album, Cassadaga.

NPR is streaming last nights performances by Low and Loney, Dear.

Daytrotter has Jay Bennett in the studio for a performance and interview.

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