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October 30, 2007

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Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave talks to the Boston Globe.

"Sometimes I feel like, when I'm really in the moment of a song, I'm thinking about my whole kind of family lineage," he says. "Who came before me, and who's going next, and am I honoring them? Am I just doing something that's very self-indulgent?"


Austin360's Music Source shares 14 things about Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff, and the Austin American-Statesman profiles the band.


The Washington Post examines the Atlantic's first 150 years, and reviews the magazine's anniversary issue.

The Atlantic's editors got one of these bright ideas that editors get when they spend too much time in meetings. They knew that the magazine's motto, published in the first issue in 1857, promised to defend "the American idea." So they asked a bunch of writers and politicians to describe what "the American idea" means to them -- in 300 words. It probably sounded like a great idea at the time, but reading these 34 mini-essays is like being locked in an airless auditorium and forced to listen to an endless panel discussion entitled "Whither America?: Democracy in the New Millennium."


Stylus holds its final annual haiku marathon (haikus of album reviews).


The Buffalo News recounts the impact of Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road, on locals.


Stylus lists the top reissued albums of 2007.


Popmatters interviews Michael Gira.

Your track record of discovering new bands is pretty great—Calla, Devendra, Akron/Family—got anybody new you want to talk about?

I’m working with a fantastic group of singers/players called Fire On Fire now. They used to be the art-punk-prog-chaos collective Cerberus Shoal, but they ditched their electric instruments, went into hiding for a while, and now play all acoustic—stand up bass, mandolin, banjo, harmonium, accordion, acoustic guitar, dobro etc, and they all sing and harmonize on the songs. Live, they do it “old school” and just use two mics placed in front of them on the stage, like a bluegrass band. They all live in the same house up in Maine. They’re like a backwoods, fierce, psychedelic Mamas And The Papas or something. They’re great people and I love their music.


Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens talks to the New York Sun about his classical composition, "The BQE."

"Bad planning, congestion, pollution," said the 32-year-old singer, who has lived in six Brooklyn neighborhoods since moving to New York seven years ago, and who has stated a desire to write a song cycle about every state in the union. "I knew there was something greater to say about it. It's a good way to read the history of Brooklyn from pre-war to World War II to the postwar era. Originally, it was built for transportation purposes, but during the war it served defense purposes. After the war, it was there to create jobs. I think it's much more relevant now than ever, with the building boom around the city, and the Atlantic Yards project. It's hard to imagine we're living in an era with hundreds of projects going on simultaneously."


The Los Angeles Times reviews Michael Chabon's latest novel, Gentlemen of the Road.

Chabon, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his evocation of America's prewar comic-book culture, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," is a marvelously gifted writer who brings to his work not only an unself-conscious mastery of technique but also a knowing intelligence born of deep and fearless reading. He has impeccable literary fiction credentials, which give him the street cred to treat genre fiction such as "Gentlemen of the Road" in the same way he treats all of his books' characters: with respect but not piety.


Annuals frontman Adam Baker talks to Billboard.com.

After releasing its first record on indie label Ace Fu, the band recently signed with the new Sony imprint Canvasback. "There were other offers out there, but they didn't seem as motivated to work hard for us," Baker says. "[Canvasback] is a nice, small subsidiary, and appropriate for our career."


T-shirts if the day: Any of these "good tees for typographers" pointed out by Typographica


The music magazine Paste is following Radiohead's lead and is offering "pay what you want" subscriptions ($1 minimum).


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Josh Rouse.


MTVu is sharing a video of Aesop Rock's "Coffee," which features vocals (and a guest appearance) from John Darniellle of the Mountain Goats.



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