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October 21, 2008

Shorties (Mark Everett, Seth Godin, and more)

USA Today profiles EELS frontman Mark Everett, the focus of the NOVA episode Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives.

PopMatters berates the lack of insightful books about basketball star LeBron James, regardless of the quantity already published.

io9 explains why science fiction still hates itself.

Hypebot interviews Seth Godin about his book, Tribes: What We Need You to Lead Us.

Q: ”Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us" explores the power of committed groups and the need for people to lead them. Do you see fans as a tribes and artists as leaders?

GODIN: I think that when it works, that's exactly what is happening. Bob Dylan led a tribe. It's not clear that Rhiannon does. Artists of all stripes can entertain us, certainly, but when you create a movement, things change, a new force appears and the world becomes different.

Robert Wyatt lists his favorite things at Drowned in Sound.

Adult Swim is giving away a free and legal album of African hip hop, African Swim.

Kottke recommends Ellen Lupton's book, Indie Publishing.

Ireland's Event Guide interviews Aimee Mann.

Computerworld ponders the future of a Facebook music service.

The National Post interviews Sebastien Grainger about his new album, Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains, and his food blog.

The New York Times profiles Gang Gang Dance.

“Saint Dymphna” may be the band’s crossover record, Amrit Singh, the executive editor of, wrote in an e-mail message. “They’ll be a hot ticket this week.” He added that the group typifies the city’s current scene, in which bands like TV on the Radio are able to filter their avant-garde approach “through a more pop-oriented prism.”

At NPR's All Things Considered, Shalom Auslander recommends The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx.

You see, I've long been of the opinion that life is too serious to be taken seriously, and if that is my religion, then Groucho is the pope. In his interactions with peers, children, lawyers, actors, writers and politicians, the man simply refuses to take any of it seriously. Shakespeare wrote that life is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing. These letters make it seem as if Groucho actually lived it that way.

At Drowned in Sound, Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix breaks down the band's new album, Off with their Heads, track by track.

Dr. Dog plays an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.

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