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October 30, 2008

Shorties (Halloween Music, Nick Hornby, and more)

The Phoenix profiles Jolie Holland.

Her music, too, has been all over the map. Elements of folk, jangly rock, and old-time country, blues, bluegrass, swing, and jazz — as well as her husky, wobbly, slightly spooky voice — come together in her brooding ballads and noirish, Southern Gothic character sketches, some of which are akin to the work of her friend (and champion) Tom Waits.

The Austin American-Statesman interviews Decemberists bassist Nate Query.

NME interviews Cure frontman Robert Smith about receiving the magazine's 2009 "Godlike Genius" award.

The Daily Collegian and PopMatters put together Halloween mixtapes.

Patterson Hood talks to the Winston-Salem Journal about the future of the Drive-By Truckers.

Hood said that the band plans to start recording a new album in January. In the meantime, the band is heading out on the "Rock And Roll Means Well" tour, a manageable tour (in three-week increments) with The Hold Steady. It promises to be the sort of evening of inventive, narrative and heartfelt music that is emblematic of all that is great about rock 'n' roll.

Daytrotter features an in-studio set by New Zealand's Ruby Suns.

IGN examines Denny's second edition of its "Rockstar Menu," with dishes concocted by musicians.

Harper Perennial is offering "Olive Editions" of modern classics that fit in your back pocket and are budget priced ($10 list, $8 at Amazon). The first three editions in the series are The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, by Michael Chabon, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, and Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran-Foer.

Ivan Brunetti talks about An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories, Volume 2, a must-have volume for any comics fan.

Ivan Brunetti on An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vol. 2 from Yale University Press on Vimeo.

The Stranger offers commentary on the economic downturn's effect on the different areas of the arts.

SF Weekly points out the short story collection, Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, which is published in January and contains submissions by Mary Gaitskill, Tom McCarthy, and others.

The Times-Picayune recommends five Halloween books "Ghoulish and good for grown-ups."

The Los Angeles Times' Jacket Copy blog points out this Flickr group filled with photos of literary Halloween costumes.

The Utne Reader's Great Writing blog offers a political reading list for the campaign's last days.

CHARTattack reports that Guided By Voices may supply the soundtrack to Steven Sodebergh's live action Cleopatra rock opera film.

The Nashville Scene examines the attraction between touring partners the Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers.

With every love affair, there is a beginning. This one started when Truckers frontman Patterson Hood met Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kulber at a DBT show in New York City. They became email pen pals. "As I became better friends with Tad, I started picking up more and more of their records, and the more I listened, the more I thought they were great," says Hood. "And they're all huge Truckers fans."

The San Francisco Chronicle gathers Bay Area authors' reading recommendations for the next US president.

The Chronicle also has local authors comment on the US presidential candidates' favorite book lists.

At the New York Times' Paper Cuts blog, Nick Hornby shares a music playlist.

At the Complex blog, Percy Carey (ala MF Grimm) interviews comics writer Steve Niles.

Percy Carey: Can you tell the readers about your graphic novel The Lost Ones with Zune? And what inspired you to create the character Dr. Revolt?

Steve Niles: I was hired by a pal of mine to create a book that would reflect the “spirit” of Zune. No product pushing, so I was in. I tried to create a story that four artists could each take a role in, sort of like a relay race. I love what the artists did. It’s one of the more unusual books I’ve done, and not horror, which is a nice change of pace for me.

Muziboo is a music sharing service for musicians.

NPR excerpts from Kate Atkinson's new novel, When Will There Be Good News?

Folk Alley is offering an audio stream filled with five hours of Halloween music.

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