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June 18, 2006

Shorties

Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer talks to the New York Daily News about her recent songwriting.

"I knew I had to take myself to some places that I hadn't been before," Moorer says. "I had to face things I hadn't wanted to explore, like my own self-hatred. But I needed to address these things."


"The Large Hearted Hamster" music blog sounds familiar...


The Philadelphia Inquirer offers a soundtrack for summer, a CD's worth of summer songs.


The New York Times examines the "summer of love redux," the resurgence in folk music.

These acts mainly play clubs, and their records remain tiny blips on SoundScan. But that may soon change. Virtually every major indie-rock label has embraced the style, including many veteran marketers of punk attitude that would recently have avoided anything vaguely "hippie." Even Warp, the standard-bearer of British techno, has signed the woodsy Grizzly Bear. And Mr. Banhart is now signed to the hot British XL label, home to the White Stripes and Radiohead's Thom Yorke.


Members of Public Enemy talk to the Observer.

It sounds exhausting being in Public Enemy. What still drives them? Anger? 'Making a living,' says Chuck. 'That's what drives me. I still don't see how Jay-Z and Puffy are worth what they're worth. I must be doing something wrong.'


Actor Jack Black talks music with the New York Times in an interview.

What CD's have you been listening to lately?

I like what a lot of the kids like. I really like the Raconteurs, Jack White's new band. I really like the new Strokes album. I'm anxious to hear the new Radiohead album that's coming pretty soon.


Billboard reviews day one of Bonnaroo.


The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

The fully realized characters of the artist and her father represent a quantum leap from Bechdel's work in Unnatural Dykes, where the recurring cast members all seem to share the same interests, tastes and politics. Mo, the main character (who seems to be a partial self-caricature), fusses and frets and whines, then launches into long, repetitive political rants. It's not easy to create a likable neurotic, and Bechdel does a much better job of it in "Fun Home."

Bechdel speaks Thursday at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Comic Book Commentary lists five superheroes whose sexual prowess is doubted and envied.


I will be posting short reviews of books I read this year on my Vox blog, books that don't fall into the 52 Books, 52 Weeks or Book Notes projects.

The first two entries are soccer books, Franklin Foer's How Soccer Explains the World and Bill Buford's Among the Thugs. Aside from these, I have only read a couple of other soccer books. Off the top of my head, I have read Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, A Season with Verona by Tim Parks , and The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinnis.

With World Cup fever definitely having hold of me, I am looking for more soccer books to add to my ever-growing reading list. What can you recommend (regardless of genre)?


The Ask Metafilter community suggests "fantastic adventure literature."


Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies use video iPods to scout opposing hitters and pitchers.


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