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November 7, 2008

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The Riverfront Times profiles the Undertow Collective.

In fact, the collective is already seeing results for one of its artists. Ray and Andrews recently collaborated on a video for "Rat Patrol & DJs," a song by roots-rockers Centro-matic. The clip was filmed in Centro-matic's hometown of Denton, Texas; the video was then shipped to Portland, where Ray added animation and color treatment.

"Rat Patrol" premiered in mid-October on Stereogum.com, an influential music blog. A few weeks later it appeared on Pitchfork.tv, the video arm of music news and reviews site Pitchfork. Because of the clip, Centro-matic vocalist/songwriter Will Johnson was asked to do a podcast for MTV2. Andrews says there's even a chance the video might be played on the channel's underground-music video show, Subterranean.


The Boston Globe declares AC/DC the greatest rock band ever.


The Bat Segundo Show and Fingertips interview Pale Young Gentlemen's Michael Reisenauer.


The Rocky Mountain News interviews Roger McGuinn.

During this political season, what's the reaction to your songs?

When I sing Turn, Turn, Turn and get to the last line, "A time for peace / I swear it's not too late," there's usually a cheer from the audience. I don't do a lot of so-called protest songs, but that one really resonates with people right now. I did it a few months ago with Bruce Springsteen at an arena. We thought that would be the appropriate song to do.


Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about his touring mates, the Drive-By Truckers.

"It was the Southern Rock Opera tour at the Bowery Ballroom. At the time, indie-rock in New York was all these tight dance-punk bands, like the Rapture and the Lyres. To see these slightly older guys with a really good understanding of rock-and-roll history get up and play these big guitar riffs with very smart lyrics - it was really cool."


The Writers Guild of America lists the 101 greatest screenplays.


Amazon has five digital albums on sale for $5 each through Monday:

Various Artists: Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog
Calexio: Carried To Dust
Pantera: The Best Of Pantera: Far Beyond The Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits
The Game: LAX
Various Artists: Now That's What I Call Music: Vol. 28


MySpace has a preview of the new Kevin Smith comic series, Batman: Cacophony. You can buy a signed copy of the first comic at Smith's website.


Comic Book Resources is profiling one LGBT comic a day in its "month of good LGBT comics."


At McSweeney's Internet Tendency: "Fifty Years of Popular Songs Condensed into Single Sentences."

Radiohead, "Creep"

I'm filled with self-loathing, and, though outwardly I hate everything you represent, I want to do it with you.


Daytrotter features Baltimore's Ponytail with an in-studio session.


The Los Angeles Times reviews the reissued edition of Micheal Chabon's debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

"Pittsburgh" is a very knowing book, sensitive to the various biographical and literary impulses that produced it, and always alert, too, to its own prose, the sentences that seem to dance on the page, floating like the perfect white clouds issuing forth from the chimney of the beat-up factory that provides the book's central image, the factory from whose roof the biker-hoodlum Cleveland will plunge to his doom.


CNN interviews Joan Baez about having her latest album produced by Steve Earle.

CNN: What did Steve Earle bring to the table with your new album?

Joan Baez: Oh, everything but the voice. Spirit, some songs. His gruffness to my non-gruffness. He worked fast, really fast, and I like that. And he brought the musicians. I don't know who to choose for musicians. We were a good match.


Rolling Stone reviews the videogame Wii Music (the first birthday present I have received this year).


Relix profiles singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm.

“My music is shaped by my inner compass. When I go to record I haven’t got an idea of what will happen until it’s happening.” The feminist, anarchist, Yale graduate might be on a different page than most (born on a commune, seeks guidance from a shaman, subscribes to Playboy) yet her music remains relatable.


JamsBio lists 10 songs that makes the writer cry.


Publishers Weekly lists the best books of the year, including the following titles featured in the Largehearted Boy Book Notes series:

Knockemstiff, by Donald Ray Pollock
Bottomless Belly Button, by Dash Shaw
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir, by Elizabeth McCracken


The Washington City Paper interviews cartoonist Art Spiegelman about his new book, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!.

This may return to the arrogance question, but you write in the afterword that with Breakdowns you were “breaking the one taboo left standing: He dared to call himself an artist and call his medium an art form.”

The taboo was to call oneself an artist, not to make art. There’s been great art in comics, from the 1830s till tomorrow. But there’s something about the legacy of comics that has to do with its ephemeral nature that was, I think, embraced in the underground comics, from the format on down. A newsprint pamphlet—if you reread it it’s because you’re so stoned you forgot you read it the first time.

NPR's Books We Like reviews Spiegelman's latest book.


Southern Shelter shares mp3s from a recent show by Sleepy Horses (whose Golden Light album is available as a free and legal download).


Cracked lists the 9 most inappropriate soundtrack choices of all time.


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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