Twitter Facebook Tumblr Pinterest Instagram

« older | Main Largehearted Boy Page | newer »

June 3, 2007


Harp reviews the latest Ryan Adams album, Easy Tiger (out June 26th).

Floating somewhere above 1978 and exhaling with the broken-rib ache that made Neil Young’s turpentined tenor seem so compelling, Easy Tiger is easily Adams’ most consistent recording.

In the New York Times, Robert Christgau reviews Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel lists the summer's best short fiction collections.

The Edmonton Sun reviews the first show of the Police reunion tour.

Few of the hits - and they did most of them - were exact copies of the original recordings. In an apparent effort to keep things fresh and help justify the high ticket prices, the Police toyed with arrangements, adding new chords, tempos and notes.

Some seemed like just for the sake of doing it, but others actually improved the originals, almost but not quite to the point where you'd have to play "guess that tune." Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing depends on whether you like the director's cut of Star Wars better than the original. OK, bad example. But there were undoubtedly some purists out there jarred by the difference between their memory and real life. Few of the songs were too badly mangled except for Syncronicity II.

Bryce Dessner of the National talks to the Detroit Free Press about the band's latest album, Boxer.

"This is the first record we've ever made where there were no old songs," says Bryce Dessner. "I think it ended up being a good thing because the album has more of a continuous mood to it."

At Salon, Douglas Wolk interviews cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.

What's going on with the "Opus" movie?

Good segue! He's dead. A stake through his promising cinematic heart, after five years of active development at Miramax. Animation isn't a game for the timid. There'll only be a movie if I'm writing it, which will probably keep him off the big expensive screen ... probably just as well.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel offers a primer to graphic novels.

The Observer reviews Bit of a Blur, Alex James' "definitive guide to Britpop."

The New York Times reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel, After Dark.

“After Dark,” Murakami’s latest novel, is a streamlined, hushed ensemble piece built on the notion that very late at night, after the lamps of logic have been snuffed and rationality has shut its eyes, life on earth becomes boundariless and blurred. Individuals who were separate during the day begin to lose uniqueness, to leak distinctiveness, melting into a soft psychic collective. As the hands of the clock slice deeper into the shadows, physics weakens, yielding to metaphysics, and the rigid you and I of things breaks down. During the wee hours, we’re all in this together, our spirits spooned like lovers’ bodies.

SFist interviews singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

Best fans in the world?

The best fan we've met so far is a young girl from Houston named Gelli. We just met her last week. She wore our band t-shirt at the show, danced in the front row the whole time, beamed bright smiles at us, and gave us hope for the future of the human race.

In Newsweek, novelist Scott Turow lists his "five most important books."

A VC examines the notion of free music supported by advertising.

As much money as the media owners are making online, the search and discovery companies are making even more money by delivering the right content (and ads) to the audience at the right time. On top of the content layer is the "discovery/nagivation" layer that makes even more money than the content layer online.

Before it's too late, the music business needs to build the "discovery/navigation" layer and take a piece of the action so it can participate in that revenue stream as well. iTunes isn't a discovery/navigation layer. It's an online version of Tower Records, but it's worse. You can't browse the aisles of iTunes and look lovingly at that record you are dying to buy if you can just come up with the cash. iTunes is fine, but I have never found one single artist/song in iTunes. I find it elsewhere (and I won't buy on iTunes anyway until they take the damn DRM off).

In the Sacramento News & Review, John Freeman (president of the National Book Critics Circle) lists the thirty books he'd travel the world with.

The New York Times lists summer travel reading recommendations.

The Guardian profiles illustrator and cartoonist Rutu Modan, author of the graphic novel, Exit Wounds.

'There's no question that Exit Wounds places Rutu Modan in the top tier of cartoonists working today,' says Joe Sacco, cartoonist of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde. 'A story that will tear up your hearts,' says Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews author Michael Ondaatje, and excerpts from his latest novel, Divisadero.

The Threadless $10 t-shirt sale ends today.

see also:

this week's CD releases


submit to reddit