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November 10, 2010

Shorties (Religious Experience in Indie Rock, Michael Chabon, and more)

Religion Dispatches explores the varieties of religious experience in indie rock.

GalleyCat notes that McSweeney's 36 will contain an excerpt from Michael Chabon's abandoned novel, Wrecked.

The Pitt News profiles the 1900s and their latest release Return of the Century, a concept album about "a British woman named Licorice who left her family in search of an adventure and disappeared from the public radar."

The Washington Post lists five recently published novels about food.

Seattlest interviews Junip's Jose Gonzales.

For those not yet familiar with your work, what key elements might help them identify what they're hearing as Junip?

We play some sort of folk rock, sometimes with hint of kraut and psych. The setting is acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums, congas and bass.

At Shelf Awareness, Paul Auster shares some of his favorite books.

Twin Shadow's George Lewis, Jr. shares some of his favorite things with Pitchfork.

The Guardian lists the top 10 novels set in Moscow.

Caribou's Dan Snaith talks to The Journal about his brand of electronic music.

When it comes to the rise of electronica and dubstep, particularly amongst the indie and 'hipster' scenes, Snaith acknowledges that he "wasn't outside of the trend or oblivious to the change, I became more and more interested in the genre and I think it’s an exciting time for dance music." The evolution in Caribou's sound has brought the music to a whole new audience and the people now surrounding the act reflect that. Whereas Andorra was toured with support from indie band Born Ruffians, Swim is being toured on the same bill as hot dubstep and techno/house producers like Theo Parrish and Jamie XX.

The Daily Bruin profiles Best Coast.

The Georgia Straight profiles Toro Y Moi.

Among the folks who do like Toro Y Moi is Kanye West, who earlier this year tweeted about his love for "Talamak", a dreamy ballad that epitomizes the chillwave sound. In the tradition of most tracks from that scene, "Talamak" sounds like a secondhand tape of vintage AM-radio pop that’s been left out in the sun too long. It's sweet and warped in equal measure, the singer's halting falsetto drifting over a hazy background of swirling synth lines and irregular-heartbeat drums.

3:AM profiles author Studs Terkel.

At Pop & Hiss, actor Zach Galifianakis shares his current musical obsessions.

The Line of Best Fit is streaming the Soft Boys' reissued album Underwater Moonlight.

Seth Curry Saves Duke! lists its best sports books ever.

Those Who Dig interviews me for its "The Blogger Lowdown" series.

Flavorwire lists 10 essential books from the past 25 years.

Aquarium Drunkard interviews Corin Tucker about her new band.

At MOBYLIVES, Mahendra Singh explains the prosess of adapting Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of a Snark into a new book.

I Like Trains' David Martin offers a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album He Who Saw the Deep at Drowned in Sound.

Anthony Bourdain talks about his forthcoming graphic novel with the Charleston City Paper.

"It's a lavish production with a great artist," he says. "It's something I'm doing because I can. It will be foodcentric; the food details will be ripe, hyper-violent, futuristic. I hesitate to use the word satire; it's not post-apocalyptic, but it's an alternate future where food and restaurants and chefs are the only source of status and entertainment left."

Talk of the Nation interviews cartoonist Sophie Crumb about her new book, Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist. An excerpt from the book is also shared.

Daniel Lanois guest DJs for All Songs Considered.

Win the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World DVD in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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Online "Best Books of 2010" lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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