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August 25, 2008


Liz Phair talks to Lancaster Online about her music career.

"My first success was completely compromised by real feelings of alienation and being rejected from a scene and being hated," Phair said during a telephone interview from her California home. "I think the hard part about my career has been that it's not just about the music; it's personal."

At antiMUSIC, Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder discusses "I'll Be Around," a song from his solo debut, The Way That It Was.

PopMatters interviews Larry Love of Alabama 3.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews the inaugural Outside Lands Festival.

Whether it was gawky Regina Spektor holding the Sutro Stage audience's rapt attention on Saturday afternoon rattling a E string on her guitar and warbling some free-form verse, or Matt Nathanson's polished performance on The Avenues, the Polo Fields' smaller second stage, it was the offbeat acts on the side stages that actually defined the event, that gave Outside Lands a greater meaning than just being the first nighttime concerts in Golden Gate Park. profiles the Indiecater Vol. 2 compilation from music blog mp3hugger.

“Indiecater Vol. 2 is quite different from traditional compilations as I am a music blogger and not a record label. The album is a release from a fan with no hidden agendas, as every song that appears on the album is hand-picked for no reason other than the fact than I love it’.

Wired features a gallery of comic book tattoos (not to be confused with the collection of comics inspired by Tori Amos songs, Comic Book Tattoo).

Souther Shelter has mp3s of last week's Melvins Athens show.

The Telegraph and Times Online review the Reading music festival.

At Nerve, Will Doig interviews David Ohle about his new novel, The Pisstown Chaos.

The details of these things are often vague in your books. People keep asking me what your books are about, and I don't know what to tell them. All I can think to say is, "They're about zombies." Even though the stinkers aren't really zombies.

It's funny, I teach a course in speedwriting at the University of Kansas, and they always ask me in the first class, "Is there anything we should not write about?" And I always say, "Yes. Zombies." For some reason, I can't stand it when they start writing these little screenplays about zombies. I mean, the issue is resolved. There is no more of interest in zombies.

The New York Daily News interviews cartoonist Scott McCloud about his new book, Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991.

DN: Why did you decide to release this collection now?

SM: Well, I always wanted to. The last series of stories, the Earth stories, which were a lot of people's favorites, had never been collected in any form because Kitchen Sink Press went out of business before we had the chance. It's my most frequently asked question, "When is the last volume of "Zot!" coming out?" So I always wanted to; it was only a matter of clearing my schedule. Originally we were thinking of doing it in three volumes, but when the idea of putting it in a single book came out I just thought that was great and I leapt at the opportunity.

In the Washington Post, Douglas Wolk reviews recently published graphic novels, including Dash Shaw's amazing Bottomless Belly Button.

All of Shaw's formal experimentation, though, works in the service of the story's emotional impact: It's a sprawling mess, but a fascinating, affecting sprawling mess, whose raw invention and sentimental core justify each other.

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