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October 22, 2008

Shorties (Morrissey's Autobiography, Ryan Adams Album Stream, and more)

The Santa Fe Reporter profiles Phil Elverum of The Microphones and Mount Eerie.

That his music affects listeners so profoundly is no surprise. Musically, both The Microphones and Mount Eerie are simple: guitar, drums, the occasional saxophone (the only instrument on the latest album Lost Wisdom that Elverum didn’t play himself) and vocals that are neither finessed nor totally raw. His voice is natural and strong, though it breaks often in conjunction with his emotional lyrics, a stark contrast to the soft near whisper in which he speaks. It’s a constant challenge for Elverum when he tours how easily the audience connects with the emotions of his songs.

NME reports that Morrissey is writing an autobiography.

The Buffalo News lists its top film scores in an article about Ry Cooder.

The Daily Gleaner examines the results of New Brunswick's Music Industry Development Program.

"Some people in the country lately have sort of made statements about how arts are over-funded, and I really think this application process was a lot of due diligence - we're talking 30-page business plans, marketing strategies, etc. And ultimately, we're confident we can put more money back into the economy than we received."

Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes talks to Paste about the band's new album, Skeletal Lamping.

“The backlash from the Outback commercial really motivated me to push myself, to make something bold and different so people couldn’t marginalize me. When someone calls you a ‘sell-out,’ they’re basically saying you have no value; that you’ve given it up for your bank account—well, I thought, ‘I’m going to prove you wrong. … I can’t sell out because I don’t make music to make money; I make music because I feel compelled to do so.’ This is what gives my life meaning, what gives me a sense of fulfillment.”

The Ask Metafilter community recommends your next favorite graphic novel.

In the New York Times, Margaret Atwood discusses debt, the subject of her latest book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.

Debt — who owes what to whom, or to what, and how that debt gets paid — is a subject much larger than money. It has to do with our basic sense of fairness, a sense that is embedded in all of our exchanges with our fellow human beings.

iLike is streaming the new Ryan Adams album, Cardinology.

Culture Bully is wrapping up its 60 hour blogging marathon today for a good cause (supporting music development and literacy within local Twin Cities schools). Hourly updates include commentary by the likes of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Tapes 'n Tapes' Josh Grier.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Stephen Amidon this week.

Rolling Stone reviews Eminem's memoir, Eminem: The Way I Am.

Brazen Careerist lists the five books that wasted the most time in her life.

Author Rikva Galchen discusses her nomination for Canada's Governor General's award nomination with the National Post.

"Another thing I love," Galchen adds, "is that, in Canada, more than half of the prominent Canadian writers are women, whereas in the U.S. it's just boys, boys, boys - and not even manly boys. I mean, we have a lot of great writers down here but I'm sort of ashamed about that."

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard talks political and social activism with SF Weekly.

So many social causes could use a musician's support that even a minimal commitment to activism eats into a band's downtime. But Gibbard doesn't seem to mind. "You can always do more," he says, "but at least we're doing something." He adds that although Death Cab isn't leading by example "by any stretch of the imagination," being a spokesman for change has its rewards: "In finding something we can do that directly relates to our line of work, I'll feel good regardless of the outcome."

In a San Francisco Chronicle about a memorial to author Oakley Hall, Michael Chabon shares his thoughts.

"I had come to UC Irvine with the start of a novel and I was brimming with certainty at its and my own brilliance," said Chabon. Hall didn't like it: "The writing's fine, a little showy. But nothing happens. ... After a while I just stopped giving a damn, Michael." Chabon calls this the Oakley Moment.

NPR excerpts from Elizabeth McCracken's excellent memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

see also: McCracken's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

The Deadbolt lists six must-see movies for 2009.

Bluewater Productions is planning a biographical comic of Sarah Palin.

Scheduled for a February 2009 release, a month after Inauguration Day, there will be two prepared endings readied for print. One, if Palin and Senator John McCain are successful in capturing the White House and another if their bid fails. The 32- page book promises to be an evenhanded perspective of Palin's life and accomplishments.

At NPR's Book Tour, Junot Diaz reads from and discusses his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 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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