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June 9, 2005


Modern Guitars interviews guitar legend Les Paul, who celebrates his 90th birthday today.

What did you think when you first saw Leo Fender's Telecaster?

LP: Well, I called Gibson and told them that they’d better get off their duff because Leo is going ahead with it. Told them they'd better find out what’s going on in this world and Gibson agreed because I’d seen it first hand and thank God Gibson agreed. The rest is history.

Random House has launched a website for the new Bret Easton Ellis novel, Lunar Park (out August 16th) complete with an overview of the book, author interview, and excerpt.

Salon's Audiofile gets bloggers' impressions of the Live 8 lineups.

My take: get rid of the geezers and haircut bands and add more world music.

An audio guide to emo.

Rhino Records' Whatever: The '90s Pop Culture Box will be released July 26th.

Oldies stations are being nudged off the radio dial.

The Palm Beach Post reviews a recent Rilo Kiley, Okkervil River and Brunettes show.

Spoon's Britt Daniel talks to Pitch Weekly.

The Beholder is offering "Planetarium," a puzzle-story in twelve installments.

PodQuiz is a weekly trivia quiz podcast.

The San Antonio Current focuses on recent music DVD releases.

My favorite t-shirt weblog, Preshrunk, is profiled in OC Register. (registration required)

Bookslut offers a translators' roundtable discussion.

The Flaming Lips confirm October cruise ship shows.

Two Telegraph music critics take opposite positions on Coldplay.

Stephen Malkmus talks to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

The Huntsville Times profiles singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman.

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