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June 2, 2007

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Kara Zuaro talks to the Boston Herald about her indie rock cookbook, I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In the Kitchen With Your Favorite Bands.

“The book really combines all of my favorite things - writing and food and rock ’n’ roll,” said Zuaro, who tested all the recipes, from Franz Ferdinand’s Lemon Ginger Flapjacks to Death Cab for Cutie’s Veggie Sausage and Peanut Butter Sandwich.


In Inside Bay Area, Oliver Wang examines overlooked rap albums.


The New York Times excerpts the first chapter of Haruki Murakami's new novel, After Dark.


Film School Rejects lists the top 101 head wounds in movie history.


MSNBC lists its top 5 Beatles albums.


The Chicago Maroon previews the city's summer music festivals.


Jeremy Gara of the Arcade Fire talks to the Brisbane Times.

"For us, it was the first time making a record without also having a day job," he says. "Before, we recorded albums whenever we could afford time in a studio, on nights you have off from work. This time we had all the time in the world. That I found stressful for a while, like where do you find the drive?"


Singer-songwriter Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto talks to Asian Week.


Wired's GeekDad blog examines "music for little geeks."


The Inquirer lists the top ten technology movies.


JamBase reviews this year's Stagecoach Music Festival.


Nerve lists 29 thoughts about summer blockbusters.


Artist Alison Bechdel talks to the Arizona Republic about the sucecss of her graphic novel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

"I was blown away" by the response, said Bechdel, 46, who's touring to support the paperback release (Houghton Mifflin, $13.95).

"It was wild. I don't want to underplay the quality of the book - I think it's a good book - but I do think that timing had a lot to do with it. The particular point on this graphic-novel wave that my book was published was just very opportune."


At NPR. Johnathan Lethem reads from and discusses his latest novel, You Don't Love Me Yet.

Lethem also talks o the Guardian about the novel.

"First of all, the question of genre and the question of cultural reference can be quite separate ... I've got whole books - for instance, Girl in Landscape - which are entrenched in genre, in western film and science fiction, which make no cultural references explicitly at all. The characters never say Coca-Cola or the Beatles. They don't live in the world of those references remotely. Then again, Fortress of Solitude is a kind of non-generic novel, but it's littered with cultural references." And anyway, "we live in an environment that is so proliferate with cultural material, with emblems, tradenames, slogans, songs - our consciousness is a tapestry of stimuli, constant cultural stimuli, in a way that's pretty unprecedented, and so to operate in the languages we're given is to make these kinds of references - to acquire them, manipulate them, re-purpose them."


Fiery Furnaces fansite Blueberry Boat is soliciting questions for a wiki interview of the band.



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