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January 8, 2008


Spin's band of the day yesterday was Rings.

What's the Deal? Like their fellow labelmates Animal Collective, Rings' cacophonic sound isn't easily categorized. Black Habit is a delightfully disconnected mish mash of acoustic guitars, drums, piano, and random noise a plenty; eerie screeching, breathy crying, barking dogs also filter through Mehta's anxious delivery. With sparse, Joanna Newsom-like vocals, "All Right Peace" opens with a wispy riff that could be taken right out of the Isaac Brock playbook. "Double Thanks," with its stringy harmonies echoing through a synthesizer, will leave you haunted.

IGN interviews Melora Creager of Rasputina.

Drowned in Sound lists bands to watch in 2008.

Alternative Reel offers two vice-themed literary lists: the top drunk American writers and the top drug-fueled novels.

The Bygone Bureau explains why ringtones are more important than digital song downloads to the music industry.

NPR's All Things Considered examines the rights battle over Raymond Carver's unedited short stories.

Entertainment Weekly lists their top 100 websites.

Bookslut's January 2008 issue is online, and features interviews with Yannick Murphy, Tom Cain, Robin Brenner, and much more literary goodness.

Boston's Phoenix interviews cartoonist Marjane Satrapi about her film and graphic novel series, Persepolis.

Are you glad that your humanist movie is coming out at a time of such great international tension?

Yes. We are living in the logic of war, inventing enemies everywhere. Movies can cool people down a bit. What we tried to do with Persepolis was to show that a human being is a human being anywhere. I don’t think artists can change the world, but we can participate, we can ask questions. “Who are these people that we are so scared of? They’re just like us, aren’t they?”

The Chicago Daily Herald gets local Iranians' response to the graphic novels and the film.

"I think Americans are generally very open-minded, but there isn't a lot on the news about the people of Iran, just its government," she said. "'Persepolis' shows how important it is to see that a country's government and its people can be different."

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of a 2004 show by Athens' Japancakes.

Author Seth Godin lists things you can learn from the music business.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
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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