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July 11, 2005


PDX Pop Now! is a Portland, Oregon music festival slated for August 5th -7th in Portland. The goal is to "support the overall PDX-POP mission of nurturing, growing, and championing the local music scene." Their 2005 CD compilation features Sleater-Kinney, the Decemberists, M. Ward and many more local acts.

T-shirt of the day: "Viva La Bubba" (I miss President Clinton)

CNET's lists their top ten downloads of the past ten years. Four music-related programs make the list: Winamp, Napster, iTunes and Realplayer.

Business Week reviews an alternative iPod earphone, the Shure E4C.

The LA Times says no one does web radio better than the BBC.

Gothamist launches Shanghaiist and Phillyist.

Author Tom Dolby wonders if blogging affects good writing in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Imagine, for a moment, if blogs were not a recent phenomenon: Would Philip Roth have blogged about his divorces? Would J.D. Salinger have posted entries about his reluctance to publish again? I was asked recently, "If you're a real writer, do you blog?" Absolutely, if you want to. I think someday bloggers will be recognized, server space permitting, as the great chroniclers of our time, joining serial scribes like Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens, Herb Caen and Armistead Maupin. For unpublished writers, blogging is a fantastic -- arguably, the best -- way to get noticed by an agent or publisher and get a book deal. But I wonder how many published or even unpublished writers would do better to spend less time blogging and more time working on their books.

Sufjan Stevens talks to the UCLA Daily Bruin about writing his latest album, Illinois.

"I was working on several states simultaneously – Rhode Island, New Jersey and Illinois," Stevens said. "The songs for Illinois seemed more exciting, more challenging. It seemed to lend itself more to the kind of pageantry in the songs."


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