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July 23, 2006


Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about her new album, Springtime Can Kill You.

"I didn't know what I was doing on the first record," Holland admitted. "This time, I had more experience and a stronger vision. Nothing was left to chance. I tried to make a reality that matched that vision."

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne talks to the LA Daily News.

"I'm learning more as the day goes, I must admit, but, honestly, a lot of these things that we do we do because we know we have to do new things. You find yourself putting yourself in the audience and thinking, 'What would I want the Flaming Lips to do?' I'd like to see them come down in a flaming UFO and Wayne could come out of the UFO in his space bubble and go into the crowd," he says.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis profiles the revival of Os Mutantes.

Although Os Mutantes were by far stranger-sounding and -looking than many of their fellow Tropicalistas, their lyrics were never directly political -- in fact, they were often purely gonzo. "Lately, I feel a little spaced out / Can't even feel my feet on the ground / I look and I see nothing / Can only think of whether you care," the group sings in "Ando Meio Desligado (I Feel a Little Spaced Out)," while "Ave, Lucifer (Hail, Lucifer)" opens with the memorable lines, "The apples / Surround the naked bodies / In this river which runs / Inside my still veins." (It sounds better in Portuguese.)

A San Francisco Chronicle reporter takes a break from covering golf's British Open and visits the Liverpool of the Beatles.

The winners of comics' Eisner Awards were announced this week at Comic-Con.

Best Graphic Album — New

Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, by Alan Moore and Gene Ha (ABC)

Best Graphic Album — Reprint

Black Hole, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)

At the Powell's bookstore blog, author Brian Doyle recommends his home state of Oregon's greatest books.

Me personally I'd immediately say Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, perhaps the best Oregon novel, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Maybe one of the Don Berry novels? Certainly Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, set in Portland, a classic speculative fiction adventure, and certainly David Duncan's The Brothers K or The River Why, heck, maybe both — you can say accurately of The River Why that it's a young raw book and not as good as The Brothers K which though much longer is much tighter, but you have to wonder at The River Why selling briskly and blowing young minds all these years later, something great in that...

Wired News collects "fantastic examples of World War II and postwar-era comic art."

Erasing Clouds has added several artists to its "100 musicians answer the same ten questions" series, including the Decemberists and Damon and Naomi.

Glide lists "fifteen artists to hear this summer."


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