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September 27, 2008

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The San Francisco Bay Guardian interviews Sonic Youth bassist KIm Gordon.

SFBG: Why do you think the bass is the most important instrument?

KG: Well, it’s kind of like the glue in between the drums and the higher end. Y’know it’s really right in the middle and it plays melody and rhythm. I mean, believe me, I don’t even consider myself a bass player. I don’t even think of myself as a musician, really. [Laughs]


Dark Roasted Blend offers unusual sculpture made from books. (see the first installment)


Nina Katchadourian creates poetry with the titles of stacked books.


IGN lists 8 great family bands.


The Guardian lists 10 of the best subtitles of novels.


LAist interviews Silver Jews frontman Dave Berman.

How do you write songs?

I build their walls and then lay siege to them for weeks. It's a dialectic between the artistic voice and the critical voice in my head. It's like playing chess against yourself. Switching chairs back and forth.


The Guardian recounts great novels about the financial sector.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette examines the effect musicians have on politics.

How much does the musical imbalance weigh on the election? Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist, says: Not much.

"I'm a fan of Springsteen's music. I also have Pearl Jam on my iPod. Both are big supporters of Democrats and liberal causes, and yet I keep listening to them because, like most people, I separate my music and my politics. When the data breakdowns arrive after every campaign is over, the empirical evidence proves that voters are motivated by how the candidates talked about the issues affecting them, rather than the endorsements they received."


Entertainment Tonight's Popwatch blog is having cast members of Friday Night Lights guestblog from the Austin City Limits Music Festival.


CNN interviews singer-songwriter Josh Rouse.

CNN: With all the material on the Web, as well as your albums, you're obviously a prolific songwriter. Has it been helpful to put all that out there, or have some people criticized you for releasing too much, as Ryan Adams has been criticized?

Rouse: More than being criticized for releasing a lot, I think it's more difficult to receive a lot of attention for one specific record. Sometimes [the] press doesn't want to write on a songwriter they just wrote about a year or two ago. I think my fan base is grateful.


The Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy blog wonders where the authors are who support John McCain for the US presidency.


Salon examines the last few weeks of David Foster Wallace's life.


At Drowned in Sound, David Crosby lists some of his favorite things.


blueTunes offers backup space for your mp3s, and allows you to stream them away from your home computer.


IGN lists 10 great videogame albums.


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