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June 24, 2006


The San Francisco Chronicle talks to people waiting in line for the "Strangers With Candy" San Francisco premiere.

"I use it as a litmus test for the kind of person I want to be around," says Tamulevich. "If you don't like 'Strangers With Candy,' I'm not sure we can hang out. I have really strong emotions around this show."

Stage Hymns is giving away a signed 7" by Tapes 'N Tapes.

Robert Burke of Yahoo Radish and Oliver Wang of Soul Sides talk to the Washington Post about the internet's effect on music sales.

With legions of new bands popping up online every day, fans need guidance just to keep up, said Oliver Wang, founder of Soul Sides, another high-traffic music blog.

In the online world, friends' recommendations or an endorsement from bloggers such as Wang and Burke, as well as podcasts such as "The Nashville Nobody Knows" and "Accident Hash," can yield significant marketplace results.

Author Haruki Murakami talks to Australia's The Age.

His evenings are spent listening to jazz and translating American novels into Japanese. As a translator, Murakami has introduced the Japanese reading public to more than 40 works by the likes of Truman Capote, John Irving, Tim O'Brien and Grace Paley.

"Writing fiction, you get egotistical. You have to have confidence. But translating, you have to respect the text, so your ego shrinks to normal size. It's good for your mental health."

The Pipettes talk to the Telegraph about 60's girl groups and the Beatles.

Songs such as Judy or One Night Stand match the streetwise social commentary of the Arctic Monkeys, a band the Pipettes admire. Derogatory remarks the girls made about the Beatles, on the other hand, have earned them much ire on the indie scene. "I really like the way people reacted, like it's blasphemy," says Becki.

"I never got it because I was Welsh - I didn't know who the Beatles were," adds Gwenno, somewhat implausibly. "Lyrically, the girl groups were far superior to the songs that gave the Beatles their prestigious place in history. I mean, have you listened to the words to Love Me Do?"

Slate rounds up the new wave of childrens music.

Cut Chemist's Lucas Chris Macfadden confesses his Star Wars fandom at

"I'm proud to be a Star Wars fan because it gives me the license to fantasize in my work and to create my own world and live in it for a while," Macfadden continues. "It will always be cool to me. It was never a trend to me in the first place, so it will never die."

Vancouver's The Republic lists quality podcasts, pointing out the offering from An Aquarium Drunkard.

The Guardian celebrates the life of food writer MFK Fisher.

In a truly unlikely pairing, interviews columnist Ann Coulter.

TH: It's time to name names. Who are the other Deadheads who have infiltrated the conservative movement?

AC: As a Deadhead and a freedom-lover, I am wounded to the bone that you think the two do not naturally go hand in hand. The Deadheads I just met casually and not through conservative politics were almost always right-thinking, whatever they called themselves. Deadheads believe in freedom – not a government telling people how much water they can have in their toilets or where they can smoke or whether they should be allowed to own a gun. (Remember the photos of Jerry testifying before some Congressional committee while chain smoking? Yeah, he'd really bond with Henry Waxman.)

Suicide Girls interviews Greg Palast, author of Armed Madhouse.

Rebecca's Pocket is collecting various summer reading suggestions and lists.

Book Thing gives away free books in Baltimore, home of my favorite bookstore, LHB sponsor (and cultural cornerstone) Atomic Books.

The Guardian's Culture Vulture blog is soliciting Italian literature suggestions this month.

What every iPod needs: the Canvas Sport iPod case, "sneaker inspired iPod protection."


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