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September 22, 2007


The Boston Globe interviews Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan about providing live musical accompaniment to "The Sounds of Science," a series of underwater documentaries shot by French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painleve.

Q. Even though you've done this several times, does it remain a challenge to play live to the film?

A. There's challenging aspects to it. It's not like the image you might have of the conductor watching the screen and cuing things at the exact moment that something happens on the screen. Hopefully, if it's working, there's just kind of a natural give and take between the films and the music we're doing, and I think they just kind of work together in a clear yet not easily articulated way.

Grist's "Friday music blogging" profiles singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

Sea and Cake frontman Sam Prekop is interviewed by the Houston Chronicle.

The Los Angeles Times examines the city's quandary of how to commemorate author Charles Bukowski.

How does a city preserve its underbelly? And isn't its preservation better accomplished in Bukowski's well-read works? He mapped his Los Angeles in great detail, in fiction and life. His fans can list his many addresses. They know that the Central Library is where he was inspired to become a writer; that he turned his toil at the Terminal Annex Post Office into a novel; that he made bets at the Santa Anita racetrack, drank at Musso & Frank and died in San Pedro.

The Ottawa Citizen examines the increasing use of short videos to promote book sales.

Book trailers are the "golden child" of HarperCollins multimedia efforts, which also include author videos and podcasts, says Steve Osgoode, director of online marketing and new media for HarperCollins Canada. The publisher has created more than 40 trailers since launching the program in 2006, and now has a dedicated trailer page on its site. HarperCollins's book trailers also run as 30-second commercials on Book Television and are even screened in movie theatres.

Mental Floss lists 23 album covers that changed everything.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has made a song, "From TG&Y," available as a free download at the band's forum.

The Guardian examines the relationship between author and literary agent in today;s publishing world.

The Albuquerque Tribune previews fall's music releases.

Stylus examines band logos.

Paste gives Josh Ritter's excellent The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter album a deserved 4 1/2 of 5 stars.

I like Josh Ritter a lot. He’s just that good; the kind of songwriter that sweeps away the techno-conceptual apparatus from my listening habits and opens my ears to more time-worn, pithy expressions of truth. Put simply, Ritter is the most gifted interpreter of Americana, as an arranger and a lyricist, working today.

Blender lists the 500 greatest songs since you were born (if you were born in 1980).

Authors Blogs lists writers with blogs, if you have one and are a published or aspiring author, add yours.

Stereogum points out that the Smashing Pumpkins website offers a collection of live performances to download in mp3 format, there are many more at the Live Music Archive.

Cracked lists the 10 best animated movies for (traumatizing) kids.

Author Sherman Alexie talks to NPR's Morning Edition about his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Drowned in Sound interviews Syd Butler of Les Savy Sav.

Let’s Stay Friends finds the core four collaborating with a few guest vocalists, such as Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger. Why bring other individuals into the equation this time out, and do you think the occasionally dominating female vocals lend the new album a degree of, I dunno, accessibility that perhaps past albums lacked?

Our friends definitely brought a new energy and approach to these songs. The more input and time we all put into recording, the more growth we saw. As far as accessibility goes, people see different records in a unique way. Toko (Yasuda, of Enon – all members of Enon contribute to the LP in some way, as do Emily Haines, Andrew Reuland, Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer, Fred Armisen and Islands’ Nicholas Thorburn) and Eleanor did wonderfully on these songs, and accessibility was not one of our motives for collaboration. If female vocals draw a connection with more people, then that is fantastic.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features the Teenage Prayers with an interview and in-studio performance.

Drowned in Sound profiles Wichita Recordings as part of its label focus series.

WXPN is streaming last night's A-Sides performance from the band's hometown, Philadelphia.

Metafilter members are posting their seemingly annual music blog roundup.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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