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October 20, 2007

Shorties

Bob Meserau talks to the Chronicle Herald about his new book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums.

"I like list books, whether it’s chart positions or the Rolling Stone Top 500, I like to look at how many I have and stuff like that," says Mersereau over an omelette at the Lord Nelson’s Victory Arms. "I’ll pick ’em up. There are lots of books on Canadian music, but they tend to be genre-based or biographies. But there hasn’t been a broad overview like this, and we never had a chart like Billboard that lasted long enough."


The Washington Post reviews Anne Enright's Man Booker prize winning novel, The Gathering.


The National Post lists the top ten overlooked Canadian albums.


The New York Times reviews Joshua Furst's debut novel, The Sabotage Cafe.

In the annals of Great American Places to get lost to find yourself — Huck’s river, Ishmael’s sea, Dean Moriarty’s open road — space should be made for the gloriously bombed-out punk rock scene, whether on the Lower East Side or in West Hollywood or in Dinkytown, Minneapolis. At its best, “The Sabotage Café” could be called urban blight pastoral.

The Times also excerpts the first chapter

see also: Furst's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the novel


Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett talks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

"I crave artists with pretension," he says by phone, traveling through the Great Plains. "I love music that takes itself seriously and is willing to be grand and dramatic."


Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis.

Are there any current artists that inspire you in the same way as Reed and Crass, in terms of flexibility and creativity?

I think it’s really about career longevity, I can’t say there’s a current artist who I’m as impressed with in terms of creative flexibility, ‘cause it really takes thirty years to see how creatively flexible someone could be. And then again there are people who are just great because they do the same thing. I mean, I love The Mountain Goats, and John Darnielle’s a pretty consistent songwriter – if you like some of his stuff, you’ll probably like the other stuff, and that’s a great thing. In one of the Jonathan Richman albums from the ‘90s the liner notes are really funny; it’s actually a really interesting counterpoint to the Lou Reed thing. Jonathan said: “Once in a while an artist puts out an album that is so different from the rest of his output it requires some explanation on the part of the artist. This is not one of those albums, it’s pretty much the same kind of thing I’ve been doing for the last fifteen years; if you like those, you’ll probably like this one, I hope you continue to like what I do”.


Comics Should Be Good interviews two Seattle librarians about their public library's collection of comics and graphic novels.


IGN offers a FAQ for the playlist for the videogame, Rockband (out November 20th).


Cracked lists the ten best sci-fi films never made.


The New York Times examines the current fad of musicians creating comic books and graphic novels.

Comics have already been attracting talent from the film, television and publishing industries, so why not the world of music? “A lot of these guys are comic fans from way back,” said Randy Lander, a founder of comicspants.com, which is devoted to comic book reviews. “It’s a lot like the novelists and movie guys who’ve had success in a bigger pond that’s allowed them to come back to what they loved as kids.”


The Brooklyn Eagle interviews author Joshua Ferris.

Being recently honored as having written one of 2007’s best “New Stories From the South” puts you in rarified air. First, does living in Key West for a time make you a southern writer? And, explain for our readers what makes certain writing Southern?

I was honored to be chosen because many of the other contributors are writing at the top of their game, and great writing in the collection is in high supply. But I don’t think of anyone appearing in “New Stories From the South” as being a Southern writer. Somehow the qualification “southern” strikes me as doing a disservice both to the writers and to the region, as if to say, “Let’s give the southerners and the south this anthology here, and then we can go back to focusing on the real writers.” It’s true that the anthology separates those stories set in the South from others, which gives them a distinction. But if you start to break it down, it would be hard to say this contributor or that is Southern, because what does that mean? Only Southern? Merely southern? Or, in my case, sometimes Southern?


Shoutmouth lists 20 "shockingly drunk moments" in music history.


Danny Seim of Menomena is keeping a European tour diary at Willamette Week.


WXPN's World Cafe features Iron and Wine's Sam Beam with an interview and in-studio performance.


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features an in-studio performance by Sweden's Shout Out Louds.



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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