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October 11, 2007

Shorties

NPR reports that Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize in literature.


Minnesota Public Radio points out a play chronicling the troubled life of baseball player Kirby Puckett.


Gothamist interviews Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood about the band's new album, In Rainbows.\

How did the process of making In Rainbows differ from Hail to the Thief?

It was more like earlier Kid A stuff, more based in studio experiments and trying out ideas and spending quite a long time. That’s what we did with Kid A and Amnesiac.


Drowned in Sound interviews Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.

You’ve said in the past that you would like it if your music had nothing to do with money. Are you afraid that having a chart-topping success might push your music into more commercial, moneymaking avenues and put pressure on your creative work?

Although that was quite a naïve comment, still I think there is something to it. But I think the whole moneymaking process doesn’t happen until you start dealing with commercials and American teenage drama shows. That’s when the cash starts rolling in. It’s really as simple as that. I don’t really make any money at this point.


Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter David Dondero.


Author Walter Mosley talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his Easy Rawlings series.

Rawlins is a tragic character, the kind of detective that, Mosley says, "if he saves your life, you would have been better off dead. That's the world Easy comes from."


New York magazine's The Comics Page blog is excerpting from the graphic novel Robot Dreams, by Sara Varon


Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by Imperial Teen.


Reviews are coming in for Radiohead's In Rainbows:

Austin360
Filter
The Globe and Mail
Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
New York Daily News
New York magazine's The Take blog
NPR's All Things Considered
Philadelphia Inquirer
Toronto Star

Fortune chronicles its problems downloading the album, and the New York Times examines the group's digital download pricing plan.


Tech Magazine lists essential music and audio websites, but surprisingly omits mp3 blogs and their aggregators.


Boston's Phoenix profiles authors Irvine Welsh and Nick Hornby.


WXPN's World Cafe profiles Okkervil River.


In the Los Angeles Times, Black Francis explains why there will be no more Pixies albums.

Resurrecting Black Francis, however, also indicates he can't keep the Pixies alive. He notes without rancor that co-founder and bassist Kim Deal isn't interested. "While I may have tried to convince her otherwise, maybe she's got a point," says Francis, whose recent sets have included Pixies tunes. "She doesn't need a new [Pixies] record, so maybe there doesn't need to be one."


The Nashville Scene previews this weekend's Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. I'll be there Friday, specifically to catch the appearances by George Singleton and Quinn Dalton.


Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is keeping a tour diary at Paste.

Harp also lists 10 things you didn't know about Ritter.


Independent Weekly reviews my favorite novel of the year so far, Brock Clarke's An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.

In the New York Sun, Nick Antosca also reviews the book.

Mr. Clarke's singular conceit — that lots of people might secretly want to burn down the historic homes of great novelists — is well-served by his ability to craft a brisk, unpredictable story populated with distinct, if frequently absurd, characters.

see also: Clarke's Largehearted Boy Book Notes for the novel


Dr. Dog bassist Toby Leaman explains the band's influences to the Stranger.

"Everything is derivative of something," says Toby Leaman, bassist, vocalist, and one of two primary songwriters for the Philly five-piece. "We've all listened to the Beatles a jillion times. But we all listen to tons and tons of stuff. [The comparison] doesn't really bother me—they're the best band ever. It's better being compared to the Beatles than Live or something."


The finalists for the 2007 National Book Awards have been named.


Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler talks to Ohio State's Lantern.

"The world is going to hell in a handbasket," said guitarist and Wisconsin native Tad Kubler. "One thing people really appreciate about our shows is that for two hours a night they can come out and see a great band, have a bunch of beers, throw their hands in the air and forget about everything else."


The Portland Mercury profiles Bat for Lashes.

During the softest whispers of Fur and Gold—the debut recording from the UK's Bat for Lashes—Natasha Khan's delicate voice cries out like a child stranded in the woods. But her worry and fear among the trees is heightened by lyrics that read like childhood nightmares. Her voice is the only soothing factor, a vocal apparition whose presence, no matter how brief, is impossible to ignore.


Heathers cover the Mountain Goats' "This Year":



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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