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July 16, 2008


The Bat Segundo Show is ending. The only podcast I listen to regularly, TBS always featured quality authors and insightful interviews. Any public radio folks out there want to give Ed Champion a chance to keep the show alive on the FM dial?

Gothamist interviews Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.

The Cleveland Free-Times and the Village Voice review the new Hold Steady album, Stay Positive.

The Transformers fan site Seibertron interviews Jeffrey Brown about his Transformers parody, The Amazing Change-Bots.

FG - Along the lines of comedy, it fits in well with the rest of your work like Clumsy and I Am Going to Be Small, but you went from people and what seemed like everyday life to form changing robots. What inspired you to pursue this kind of book?

J.B. - Well, I grew up reading comics, and my dream was to draw for Marvel, who of course put out the original Transformers comics. I've always been a science fiction and fantasy fan, and even though I drifted away from that at times, it's also always stayed with me. There's just something more fun sometimes about indulging in that sort of geeky side, and it's still possible to throw in some parts that reference real life at the same time. It also balances out what most people think of as the more 'serious' work, and keeps me from getting too self involved with the autobiographical projects.

Wired's Listening Post attempts to define the musical genre shoegaze.

More literally, it described bands that monitored their instruments or pedal arrays, or stood comparatively still while concocting experiments in compelling noise. Performance, under the weight of the term, came to be valued more than the music behind it. And so its multiple effects were palpable: It effectively marginalized and, in some cases, even doom musical careers.

Willamette Week previews Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of comics inspired by Tori Amos songs.

But the most prominent comics/music mashup yet is Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics, 480 pages, $29.99). Measuring 12-by-12 inches (just like the sleeves of your LPs), it features 50 stories inspired by the songs of well-known comics fan Tori Amos. It also marks the return to comics of new PDXer Mike Dringenberg, one of the creators of seminal ’90s comic series Sandman (one of Amos’ personal favorites).

Project: Bollywood features mashups of indian music.

The Associated Press reports that Ben & Jerry's is making a limited edition ice cream to honor Elton John. "Goodbye ButterBrickle Road" will feature "an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks," and be sold in the ice cream company's stores from July 18-25, with proceeds going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Chicagoist previews Friday's Pitchfork Music Festival acts.

Paste interviews singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith.

Paste: How tough is the music business right now?

Sexsmith: I feel lucky that I got in the door when I did. Everyday I get people wanting me to listen to music—there’s just so much music out there right now. It feels like you’re in a little lifeboat and people are drowning all around you. I feel fortunate that I have a career and people want me to continue making records, but it gets harder. I remember my last record, Time Being. Trying to get a label was ridiculous. They’d say, “We love Ron, but we can’t sell his records.” One label said they’d quit signing people over the age of 24. It’s an interesting at this time to see where it’s going. Someone is going to have to figure it all out. It costs a lot of money to make these records, and somewhere along the line, people got the idea that it should be free.

The New York Times reprints its review of one of my favorite novels, The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow.

The Times Online lists the best movie endings ever.

The Capital Times profiles Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler.

Aside from his day job as a guitarist, Kubler is also an accomplished photographer, having done fashion photography in New York for Saks, Macy's and Target. The Hold Steady's success and hectic tour schedule has kept him from doing much of that lately, but he brings his photo equipment with him on the road, possibly for a book down the road.

io9 lists the science fiction stories that hinder and inspire real science.

The Los Angeles Times lists ten magazine covers that shook the world.

Speakergeek makes a playlist for the person who stole his iPod.

Jamendo offers free and legal music downloads from over 5,000 artists (the music is licensed under a Creative Commons license).

New York magazine's The Projectionist blog lists reader reactins to his negative review of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight.

Fun! Fun! After nine years of anonymous fanboy attacks at Slate whenever I dared to criticize a masterwork like The Mummy Returns (“I only wish harm to you and your family”), I figured I’d finally escaped the rabid nerd hordes. But they seem to have arrived here en masse — maybe thanks to a Web headline somewhere branding me the author of “the first negative review of The Dark Knight.” (There have been other negative reviews since.)

Pitchfork has tourdates for Magnetic Fields' fall tour. offers free streams of independent films, animation and documentaries.

The Ask Metafilter community recommends indie songs for a wedding playlist.

Patton Oswalt has posted the speech he gave to the graduating class at his high school earlier this year.

Publishers Weekly has an exclusive ten page excerpt from Alex Robinson's new graphic novel, Too Cool to Be Forgotten (out July 29th).

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