November 19, 2009
The New York Times ArtsBeat blog looks to the history of the National Book Awards and its selections.
Jacket Copy wraps up last night's National Book Awards ceremony and winners.
Myspace has added music charts.
“I don’t think we have this Montreal sound at all,” Charles says. “For me, the Montreal sound a couple of years ago was Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, and a bunch of bands influenced by British music and being dark with a lot of reverb. In Montreal a lot of people like dirty music and I don’t feel like Winter Gloves is a part of that. There are more bands playing with keyboards and vintage loops, so I feel like we belong to the Montreal scene more than the Montreal sound."
But the intimate and lively music of love and loss, memories of yesterday and imaginations of tomorrow, sparked devotion one person at a time online. Starting with a glowing review on Halifax blog Herohill through to exposure a year ago at music retailer eMusic.com, the band's slow and steady stroll to attention arrived in Austin, Tex., in March at South by Southwest. A deal with a stalwart American indie label, Saddle Creek of Omaha, Neb., followed.
Guerrero mentions “Ms. Sanders” as a personal favorite on Come Home. The title of the song, in a move sure to inspire some nerd crushes, is an obscure Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference. But the song is a sort of delirious, allegorical rumination on loss, with Guerrero’s high, yearning voice lilting, “My hands, my hands, my hands, they don’t dig like they used to …”
io9 lists 20 eagerly anticipated 2010 science fiction novels.
Monitor Mix waxes nostalgic for the music blogs of the '00s and shares screenshots of several in their earlier incarnations (including Largehearted Boy).
Cage the Elephant's 11-track self-titled album is on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99.
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