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May 19, 2007


The Washington Post reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel, After Dark.

Through his short enigmatic chapters, Murakami -- aided by Jay Rubin's perfectly pitched English -- manages to convey something of the interconnectedness of city life and its constant air of expectancy and danger.

The New York Times reviews Kara Zuaro's indie rock cookbook, I Like Food, Food Tastes Good, which includes recipes from musicians.

And when you read how John Darnielle looks “forward to cooking for my wife more than almost anything” when he’s on the road, can you keep from humming his spouse-spurning Mountain Goats lyric, “I hope you die, I hope we both die,” and wondering if she should trust his spicy Tato Mato entree?

In the Wall Street Journal, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy lists his five favorite albums from the 1970's.

The New York Post examines summer's new books.

The Literary Traveler features "travel writing featuring writers and the places that they have traveled."

Harp offers a timeline of the career of Nick Cave.

KEXP features a live stream of Pissed Jeans' show tonight at 10 central (GMT-06:00).

IGN lists the top 25 electronic albums.

The Huffington Post weighs in on Amazon's music download store.

The Los Angeles Daily News examines the current fad of building and buying houses with recording studios.

The Telegraph weighs in on the choice to cast three American actresses (Michelle Williams, Bryce Dallas Howard and Evan Rachel Wood) in the roles of the Bronte sisters on Charles Sturridge's film, Bronte.

Singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche talks to the Scotsman about his love for A-ha.

"I always thought that A-ha were artistically such a great band, that they didn't get to show their true potential because people were blinded by the good looks and the Take on Me video."

Jay Ferguson of Sloan talks to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

``We're sort of a four-headed monster,'' said rhythm guitarist Jay Ferguson of himself and bandmates Chris Murphy (bass), Andrew Scott (drums) and Patrick Pentland (lead guitar). ``I'm grateful that we've been able to keep it together for 16 years -- still the same four people.''

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance from singer-songwriter Brandi Carlisle.

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