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October 28, 2008

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The Calgary Herald lists 13 creepy albums for Halloween.


The Times Online lists 10 things you probably didn't know about Pink Floyd.


The New York Observer interviews the "high priestess of Scandanavian pop," Lykke Li.

O2: There're a lot of different genres running through your record. There's hip-hop, there's pop, there's a little folk. Is there a single element that connects all of these songs for you, whether musically or thematically?

LL: It's me. I don't know why I should have to stick to one sound when I love all kinds of music. The thing [that pulls the album together] is my voice, and what I say, and honesty. And then I can go and do a techno song or a blues song. I don't want to define it or narrow it down 'cause I think it's really boring to label music. And I certainly don't want to get labeled either--I'm scared of that.


Pitchfork interviews Portastatic frontman (and Merge Records founder) Mac McCaughan.

Pitchfork: Superchunk recently played two shows with the Arcade Fire in North Carolina for Barack Obama, and you're scheduling even more now. How did that come about, and do you think they were effective toward his primary victory here?

MM: I think it's rare in this country but probably in any country that you feel that, as a citizen, you have the ability to affect any kind of...anything. The last two elections, I think everybody I know voted, and we all thought the outcome would be different, really. But at the same time, I think those two elections aside or included, you have the feeling that American politics is these old white guys kicking the ball up and down the field. Nothing really changes that much either way, and-- when it does change-- it seems like it changes for the worse, in the case of the Reagan years. Or obviously the second Bush presidency.


Time interviews author/book designer Chip Kid about his new book, Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan (the most beautifully produced book I have read all year).

What's the story behind this crazy Batman/Japanese comic book you're putting out?

I've published several books on the lore and the toys and the this and the that of Batman. When the Batman TV show came out in 1966, it was a global hit. But Japan was the only country in the world that contacted DC Comics and said, "We want to license the right to write and draw our own Batman and Robin stories." These stories appeared for exactly a year, from April '66 to May '67. And they kind of came and went. They were never collected, never translated. They just appeared and then vanished.


The Line of Best Fit interviews Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles.

Do you read your own reviews? Do you generally read music magazines / websites etc (and if so, which?)

When it comes to reading about music in general, I do it a lot. I read Pitchfork, which I think is pretty much the paper of record when it comes to contemporary music, also some blogs, especially Gorilla Vs Bear, that guy is usually right about what’s interesting and what’s not. I read the music section of the New York Times, Spin, whatever. It’s all interesting on some level. I do sometimes read our reviews, I think you’re either a saint or a liar if you say you don’t, but it can get depressing pretty fast. I try to limit it.


Gawker looks to fiction for answers to economic woes.


The Pioneer Times lists the top 10 political songs.


Positively Good Reads is a website "for people who often find serious novels depressing."


The Bay Bridged profiles indie record label Absolutely Kosher.


T-shirt of the day: "Rock Is Dead and Paper Killed It"


The A.V. Club's Comic Panel continues to be one of the best resources to find out about new graphic novels and comics.


Daytrotter features an in-studio session by Earlimart.


WBGO shares a Halloween jazz playlist.


The PBS MediaShift blog lists six ways authors succeed by self-publishing.


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has Of Montreal in the studio for a performance and interview.


NPR is streaming the Elephant 6 Orchestra's Chicago performance from earlier this month.


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