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July 15, 2004

Shorties

Thanks to John Sakamoto and his ever-enlightening Anti-Hit List for kindly mentioning LHB this week.

Athens' Flagpole profiles one of my favorite songwriters, Jason Isbell of the Drive-By Truckers. Isbell and fellow DBT songwriter Mike "Stroker Ace" Cooley will be playing solo shows tonight in Atlanta at the Earl, Friday in Athens at the 40 Watt, and Saturday in Birmingham at the Nick.

David Sedaris charms a sea of butterscotch marshmallows.

NPR's All Songs Considered lists their "best songs of 2004 (so far)."

Wes Freed has some cool show posters available for sale on his site.

Robert Smigel talks to Suicide Girls about his life in comedy writing, and in particular, his creation Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Mike Skinner of the Streets describes writing his current album, A Grand Don't Come For Free, in an interview with Venuszine: "I just kept writing stories. I like albums that reference other songs within the album so, you know, it was a continuation of that, really, and I just kind of kept taking it further."

Billboard thinks Rogue Wave "may be able to follow labelmates the Shins out of the indie pop ghetto and closer to something approaching the mainstream" in a review of Out of the Shadow.

Mike Skinner is profiled on NPR's Day to Day, where he explains his unique sound: "The production side of it is just purely because I work on my own and I don't have a really expensive mix engineer to finish it all off." Three tracks off the album, A Grand Don't Come For Free are also presented in Windows Media and Real format.

Visit the National Endowment for the Humanities' online exhibition of the life and works of Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Caroline Kim-Brown profiles Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Múm talks to the Miami New Times about their songwriting process, "We don't write entire songs before going in the studio. Our albums are finished when we have successfully pieced together the many parts. We don't worry about where they will go until the end."

The Telegraph reviews a recent PJ Harvey show, but her accompanying picture looks a little too much like Steven Tyler for me.

The New York Post interviews teenage memoirist Abigail Vona, who critics have called the next Elizabeth Wurtzel (meow). Vona's editor envisioned her book, Bad Girl: Confessions of a Teenage Delinquent, to be "the literary answer to Alanis Morissette."

Amy Sedaris as Mrs. Kravitz? Brilliant casting, indeed.


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