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May 10, 2007


Kara Zuaro, author of I Like Food, Food Tastes Good, shares some stories behind the indie music cookbook with Gourmet magazine's The Daily Dish blog.

When I approached Eric Bachmann, who has fronted the seminal indie rock band Archers of Loaf, as well as Crooked Fingers, at an outdoor concert in Austin, Texas, he immediately began dictating his recipe for Seared Tuna with Wasabi-Coconut Sauce and Roasted Pepper Pilaf. I didn't have my notebook, but he emailed me the recipe right away. (Though I tested and edited all the recipes in the book, I tried to preserve each contributor's writing style — so I hope you don't mind Bachmann's liberal use of ellipses.)

The Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its 2007 lineup, featuring Bob Dylan and Bjork.

The Bay Area Reporter singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Release the Stars feels like your most political album, beginning with "Do I Disappoint You," where it sounds like you're lashing out at corporate fat-cats and the religious right.

If there's any time to strike, it's now. The right wing is so ridiculous at this point, and inept, and the pendulum is swinging.

Arctic Monkeys guitarist Jamie Cook talks to the Montreal Gazette.

The Boston Globe has five local DJs create new soundtracks for local spas.

AfterEllen interviews author Ariel Schrag.

AE: Do you ever cringe when you go back and read your autobiographical series?

AS: No, I don't cringe at all with my comics because they were always within my control. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I'll look back now, surprised with some of the sexual drawings, surprised that I felt no inhibition doing them at the time. But I'm glad that I did, because I think they are a really important part of the story.

The Guardian's music blog examines the relationship between music and politics under the Blair administration.

The Bwog interviews Will Welch, editor of the Fader.

Have the last four years changed how you listen to stuff? Do you go home and just zone out into shit you would never cover for the magazine?

There's an element of that, of like, "I just want to go home and pull out a record I loved when I was 12 and had on cassette and put that on and not think about what's cool or what's going to do well in two months or if we're missing the boat on something we've decided not to cover." Any time you work or handle something in the work environment that you love so much, there's a little stress on your relationship. At the end of the day, it's not that bad. It hasn't ruined loving music for me. And there's just so much music that you can just go get into something else.

Ballardian is a website dedicated to the life and work of author J.G. Ballard.

Wikipedia lists festivals in the United States, including music festivals.

NPR's Shadow Classics features Bulk, the debut album by singer-songwriter Jack Logan.

No matter where he goes stylistically, Logan brings along a novelist's sense of humanity, as well as a wry, caustic wit and an ability to set scenes with just a few words.

LA Weekly profiles Mario Lavandeira, aka Perez Hilton.

He’s a big indie-music head who listens to each and every CD sent to him.

Alasdair Maclean of the Clientele talks to the Nashville Scene.

Another additional flavor this go-around is the presence of Mel Draisey as a regular member of the band. When The Clientele played The Basement last year, she improvised on violin, which MacLean describes as “a kind of nightmarish task for her, ’cause there are so many key changes and funny chords in our repertoire.” With more time to prepare, Draisey’s been given a free hand, also contributing vocals and string arrangements to the new record. Asked whether the fetching Draisey’s presence has changed the way he writes songs, MacLean says, “It hasn’t changed my songwriting, but maybe it has for lots of boys with guitars in our audiences.”

LAist interviews singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

Do you find it odd that people fawn over you for putting 100% into your projects? Do they expect producers and artists to half- ass their art? Is it the equivalent to when Sen. Biden called Sen. Obama "clean" and "articulate"?

Well I'm very surprised when people tell me i'm hard-working. I am usually scheming on how to do the least amount of work at any given time and wriggle out of pending obligations.

That Biden comment was one of the better gaffes of the year, he is seriously unhinged. Remember when he told a poor fellow in New Hampshire his IQ was higher?

Pine magazine interviews author Chuck Palahniuk.

DF: After reading some of your work, what do you think people would be most surprised to learn about you?

CP: The biggest shock is when people see me. I’m a very plain boring looking person. It’s kind of heartbreaking to meet people when they’re kind of expecting a cross between Charles Manson and God knows what and then they meet somebody who looks like a bank teller.

LAist interviews Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent.

You were in the Polyphonic Spree and now you're touring with John Vanderslice - is it possible to be surrounded by more friendly people? With that said, who is nicer John or the Spree?

You forgot to throw Sufjan in the mix. That's one brutal, vicious "nice-off."

Kansas City's the Pitch publishes both a positive and negative review of the new Wilco album, Sky Blue Sky.

The Portland Mercury interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about hos love of baseball and the Minnesota Twins.

Are there a lot of people in the Minnesota music scene that are Twins fans?

Definitely. Especially the older crowd, like the Jayhawks and Golden Smog. I was at Twins' spring training this year and I saw Paul Westerberg at the game.

Guitarist Tad Kubler talks to the Detroit Free Press.

Kubler promises that will not be the end of the Hold Steady's musical evolution. "I just know that I think there's an incredible amount of talent that we have with everybody in the band and we'd like to try to, every little bit, step outside of our comfort level. Try new things and see if they work. That's what keeps it interesting."

Chicagoist interviews author Audrey Niffenegger.

C: Even without the knowledge of the impending film, Time Traveler is a very cinematic book. Did you have anything in mind about how it’d look on a screen while you were writing it?

AN: I was thinking very much about what it would look like if I made a movie out of it, but the movie that I would make is not the movie that’s going to be made.

Jagjaguwar has news about the new Okkervil River album, The Stage Names (out August 7th).

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