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April 12, 2007

Shorties

The Chicago Tribune's Pop Machine blog lists and discusses this year's Lollapalooza lineup.


NOW Toronto asks five questions to Son Volt's Jay Farrar.


The Detroit Free Press lists five things about the Tragically Hip.


Singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes talks to the Herald Sun about her songwriting.

"For me it's about going deeper into the sorrow and the joy, and you get a degree of tranquillity from that.

"Songs are such a cathartic process, an amazing way to express what's going on in your life."


My Old Kentucky Blog features three in-studio Odawas tracks.


The Guardian ponders the future digital music format.


Harp offers a timeline to the Stooges career.


God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut... one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, has passed away.

From a 2001 Salon article: Vonnegut reading from his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.


Business Week ponders the future of non-DRM digital music sales.


BlogTO interviews author Robert J. Sawyer.

Q: Science Fiction is often said to be in a "literary ghetto" or to be dying. But Canadian SF seems to be healthier than ever. What do you attribute this to?

A: One answer that still blows me away is the fact, as pointed out to me by my editor at Tor Books, that I'm partially responsible for the boom in Canadian SF. When Tor acquired me ten years ago in a publishing auction, sales for all their books in Canada went up, and particularly the sales of Canadian-authored books ... because Canadian booksellers started giving their sales reps more time to make their pitches. I'm honoured and really, really pleased when I think about that.


The Appalachian Online lists the top ten albums of spring semester, 2007.


Atlanta's Creative Loafing lists the top five worst band name.


SignOnSanDiego interviews Deerhunter singer Bradford Cox.

What's the biggest drag about the music scene right now? What is it in need of?

I just interviewed one of my heroes, the writer Dennis Cooper, for A&P Quarterly. During the course of our discussion we decided there was a real lack of danger.. There is no Throbbing Gristle or G.G. Allin or Patti Smith, there is nothing that represents what I really think Punk is about. I want things to be dangerous in an authentic, introverted, non-confrontational way.


Author Neal Pollack talks to Pasadena Weekly about the book tour for his memoir, Alternadad.

“I had an eight-city tour for ‘Alternadad,' and I'll just say it was a lot different than the past. A lot of my events were ‘family shows' with kids' bands and dance troupes for kids, and my readings tended to be shorter,” explains Pollack. “This is a book about family and trying to create a slightly off-kilter family culture, so I wanted to provide a concrete example of it.”

see also: Pollack's Book Notes essay for the book


Percussionist Joe Plummer and upright bassist/fiddler Tom Peloso of Modest Mouse talk to the Stranger.


Denise Hamilton, editor of Los Angeles Noir, talks to Pasadena Weekly about the anthology.

“LA is so rich for this sort of book, because you've got the First World butting up against the Third World, and immigrants from 100 other countries bringing their cultures here. Hollywood is as strong as ever so people still come to pursue dreams of stardom. The disparity of rich and poor has never been greater, and when you have a disparity like that, you have desperation and people dreaming and hoping for the big break — and sometimes that leads people to do things they shouldn't,” says Hamilton. “Also, there's way more crime now than ever. Everyone's trying to make it, to scramble to the top, and not everyone's going to make it, and bodies [are] dropping along the way.”


Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talks to the Courier Mail about album leaks.

"I have no idea of what the percentage of people who would decide not to buy your record after it leaked would be. If you are making something that you really believe in, then you have a choice of a lot more people hearing it and falling in love with the band (when it happens).

"Anyway, most people really want something a little more substantial than ones and zeroes on a hard drive."


The New York Inquirer speaks out against literary readings.

I have been wondering for many years now—and I imagine that I’m not alone: what is the purpose of the literary reading? Publishers say, How else can a novelist sell books without going on tour and doing readings? Critics say, In this beleaguered age of literature, where books are quickly going the way of the dodo, we must embrace any event that celebrates literacy. But does the literary reading really help promote a book? And does it really celebrate literature—or just a certain type?


Slate examines the controversy surrounding author David Sedaris.


Jimmy Tamborello talks to NME about the upcoming Dntel album, Dumb Luck.


IGN lists the top ten Spider-Man movie moments.


The Believer interviews cartoonist Scott McCloud.

BLVR: How is the rhythm of space on a page of comics different from the rhythm of space on the page of a novel or in other media?

SM: The artist has a lot of control over what happens in the panels, but he or she is at the reader’s mercy between the panels. Whereas in prose, or motion pictures, or virtually any other narrative form, you don’t have that rhythm—you have more of a continuous construction going on. Like with prose, for instance, it’s all of a piece; it’s sort of monotextural, because the reader is continually constructing that world in his or her mind and the author is continually providing new data. Likewise with things like the persistence of vision that helps stitch movie frames together—it’s a continuous process, so you don’t have that back-and-forth rhythm that you do with comics.


Drowned in Sound plays "either/or" with members of the Little Ones.

The Beatles or The Beach Boys?

Awww man… Beatles, no doubt. We’d say The Beatles even though we do love The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson does not trump either Lennon or McCartney… or Ringo!


NPR's All Songs Considered chats with music producer Joe Boyd, author of White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s.


Major Miner is an online music-labeling game.


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