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October 15, 2007


The Daily Californian interviews Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.

DC: You’ve said that ’70s female ads inspired a lot of the lyrics. What interested you about them?

MF: They’re beautifully written. They’re interesting and evocative. When you see old ads, you know those products didn’t take off, so that’s sad for the product. And it didn’t work, it didn’t turn the women into new. It’s the least triumphant thing in the world, old ads.

The Guardian reports that Fightstar will release a single in "divinyl" format (one side vinyl, the other CD). interviews singer-songwriter Leslie Feist.

In the New Yorker, Alex Ross examines the internet's positive effect on classical music.

Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens talks to New York magazine about his classical musc debut.

“It’s definitely very busy,” Stevens agrees. “The piece is about constant motion and repetition. A lot of it is written in canon form, so there are repetitive sequences of chords and melodies that start to overlap and form a round. There are fugue elements as well. It introduces themes and then deconstructs them later on.”

In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones explains how "indie rock lost its soul."

Pitchfork and Tiny Mix Tapes review Radiohead's In Rainbows.

The new Hype machine music blog aggregator is coming.

Cinema Blend offers a transcript from Marjane Satrapi's press conference at the New York Film Festival about her film adaptation or Persepolis.

Did you read comics or graphic novels growing up? When did you decide you wanted to write them?

Satrapi:Actually, no. the only comic I read when I was a child was—there were these American comics coming in Iran, and one of them was called Dracula. […] I started reading it, and I don’t know why, but I decided that it was written in the comic that to become Dracula [my cousins and I] had to eat raw chicken. My cousin and I ate raw chicken the whole summer, and as a result we got worms at the end of the summer. That was an issue with comic books. I started really reading comics when I came to France…[someone] was reading Maus by Art Spiegelman. Before that I had the idea about comics that everyone else has about comics, it’s really for kids or adolescents or retarded adults. Then I read Maus and it was like a slap in my face, and I realized, it was just a medium like any other to express yourself. In my mind the images and the text, they are not separated. It became an obvious way to express myself.

The Wall Street Journal examines Radiohead's revolutionary approach to selling their own music.

Junot Diaz talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his celebrated novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

KEXP is streaming live performances from the CMJ music marathon, here is the performance schedule:

Monday 10-15
10 a.m. ET - The Epochs
12 noon ET - TBA
2 p.m. ET - Brian Bonz
4 p.m. ET - Le Loup

Tuesday 10-16
10 a.m. ET - Harlem Shakes
12 noon ET - Pela
2 p.m. ET - Eagle Seagull
4 p.m. ET - The Hold Steady

Wednesday 10-17
10 a.m. ET - I Like Trains
12 noon - TBA
2 p.m. ET - Dead Confederate
4 p.m. ET - The Blakes

Thursday 10-18
10 a.m. ET - The Sammies
12 noon - The Poison Control Center
2 p.m. ET - Yeasayer
4 p.m. ET - Simian Mobile Disco

Friday 10-19
10 a.m. ET - Wild Sweet Orange
12 p.m. ET - The Maccabees
2 p.m. ET - Band of Horses
4 p.m. ET - Foals

An Indiana Daily Student writer asks the question, "Who you callin' a hipster?"

T-shirt of the day: "Support Bloggers' Rights"

Oregon Public Broadcasting features a streaming in-studio performance by the National.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of Magnolia Electric Co.'s recent Atlanta performance.

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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