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October 4, 2007


Comedian Patton Oswalt talks to the Portland Mercury about playing rock clubs.

"It seems to be working," he adds. "Hopefully, I see it going exactly the way it's going now. Very DIY, low-budg, and keeping in small music venues. The only thing I see changing—as people like me and Zach [Galifianakis] and Brian and Maria, as our careers take off, partly because of these tours—we'll start bringing in younger people, and hopefully the brand itself will attract the audience."

see also: Oswalt's Largehearted Boy Note Books essay about his favorite book

The Detroit Free Press interviews singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

Q: Who has the kind of career you'd like for yourself?

A: I love the people who were always changing, always looking for a new way forward. People like Madonna and Dylan, who've lasted for a long time because they make their own space and then bring us into it. People who can grow and change and take us with them. I want to be doing this when I'm a little old lady, and still finding new things to get excited about.

Singer-songwriter Neil Young talks to the Guardian.

"This will be seen as the dark ages of vision where it was right in front of us," he says. "Why are all these people upset? What did we do? There has to be a reason. You have to go back through history, and see what we've done to these little countries how we've manhandled them into doing different things in the name of doing good. We didn't realise that our way of life is not the only way of life."

Of the current crop of Continuum's 33 1/3 books on seminal albums in production, I am mostly anticipating Carl Wilson's Celine Dion book, Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (because I admire his writing and criticism). If you would like to read the first two chapters of the book, e-mail, and Continuum will send you a PDF of the first two chapters.

Status Ain't Hood lists its favorite albums of the third quarter of 2007.

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy talks to The List about his songwriting.

‘I thought the songs I was writing were straight pop songs, you see, which drew from the tradition of XTC and Robyn Hitchcock. So with just two guitars, a bass and drums I reckoned we’d be doing it a disservice, that it would be a whole lot weirder to play straight pop music with a folk band. As far as the lyrics go, they’re just a channel for my weird fascinations, an opportunity to get it all out there.’

Independent Weekly interviews singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, and offers a free mp3 for download.

The List interviews author Wesley Stace (aka singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding) about his new novel, By George.

'I started thinking that ventriloquism is really what writing fiction is all about,’ he says. ‘Novelists are really ventriloquists. So many novels over the last 100 years have been about narrative voice and dodgy narrators, it seemed surprising that there weren’t any books based around ventriloquism. Why isn’t there a novel that strips that metaphor away and makes ventriloquists the main part of the novel?’

Author William Gibson talks to VUE Weekly about himself as a brand.

“I guess that’s what all writers aspire to, being a genre unto themselves. Like Elmore Leonard—he wrote westerns, thrillers, just about everything. Readers would seek out his writing for an Elmore Leonard experience. Maybe that’s what’s happening—like Leonard, I’m becoming a brand.”

Smithsonian magazine profiles singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Radiohead At Ease collects press reaction's to Radiohead's innovative album pricing strategy.

Drowned in Sound interviews Tyondai Braxton of Battles.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by Bat For Lashes.

Oddio Overplay offers three free and legal album downloads filled with Halloween Music: Calling All Fiends, Martinibomb and the Coconut Monkeyrocket present Munster Beat!, and Ghouls with Attitude!

also at Largehearted Boy:

Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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