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November 3, 2007


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The Everett Herald interviews Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler.

If he could play guitar with any group other than the Hold Steady: “Oh. Drive-By Truckers. ... I love their band and they write great rock songs.”

Drowned in Sound profiles One Little Indian Records.

IGN has updated its "sonic FAQ" (song list) for the video game Rock Band.

The New York Times excerpts the first chapter from John Updike's new collection of essays and criticism, Due Considerations.

The New York Times spends a night out with Beirut's Zach Condon.

The Washington Post, the Guardian and Times review Michael Chabon's latest novel, Gentlemen of the Road.

The Washington Post also interviews Chabon.

"Gentlemen of the Road" gives me the impression that you had a lot of fun writing it but aren't entirely convinced by the world you've created. Do you think you will ever really break into science fiction? Or are you doomed to keep coming back to literature?

I believed every single word of it with every fiber of my being, actually! Writing it wasn't just fun, it was deep and magical -- I traveled.

As for science fiction, it is literature, as you very well know, my dear. The gates between the kingdoms are infinitely wide and always open!

Marjane Satrapi talks to the Telegraph about her film Persepolis and the graphic novel series that preceded it.

"Making Persepolis into a movie looks like a business plan but it really wasn't like that. We were suddenly told, 'You have money, you have a studio.' We went in like naive kids with a big toy."

Satrapi also talks to the Los Angeles Times.

"It's based on real life, but from the second you make a script, it becomes fictional," says 37-year-old writer-director-comic artist Marjane Satrapi of the animated film "Persepolis," which is based on her graphic novels inspired by growing up in Tehran after the Iranian revolution. "I ended up looking at the main character as the main character, not myself." She also had to "cheat" and make changes so her story would come alive."

WXPN is streaming a live performance by Over the Rhine.

NPR is streaming last night's Nickel Creek Washington performance, one of the stops on the band's farewell tour.

Wired offers a "how to" "cheat the music industry: never pay for music" wiki.

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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