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June 5, 2007


The Los Angeles Times examines Lala's plan to allow on-demand streaming of tracks and albums for free in hopes of digital download sales.

The service faces many hurdles, such as whether Lala can sell enough music to offset the streaming-music royalties it pays record labels. But if it succeeds, it could present a new model that combines free songs like those offered by illicit file-sharing networks with a compensation system for the recording industry.

Today is your last chance to enter the LHB sexiest vegetarian contest and win a copy of Isa Moskowitz's cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock.

Singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins talks to the Guardian.

The Houston Chronicle lists "ten must-reads from BookExpo America."

The Dallas Observer chronicles the Blogger problems of local music blog, WeShotJR.

If you are looking for an excellent introduction to current comics and graphic novels, Amazon has The Best American Comics 2006, edited by Harvey Pekar, on sale for $4.40.

A Readable Feast lists the top ten recommended summer reading lists for children.

Cornelius talks to Drowned in Sound.

The music scene has changed a lot since you first appeared with the rise of Myspace, YouTube and new technologies. Do you like how people are now changing music and creating new things?

It’s a new way to enjoy music. In the past it’s been so focused on CDs and the music industry is switching now, but there are all the copyright issues involved. But perhaps a new copyright law will come up sooner or later, because right now it’s the generation where this sort of way is a time of change or searching. And I believe that new copyright laws will be created. You know the Creative Commons (click for link)? Like what they did. But I feel like it’s a time of change that is coming up now…and I use YouTube often.

Mookychick is the "online indie bible for babes with attitude."

No Love For Ned features an in-studio performance by Flaspar on this week's episode of the streaming internet show.

The Omaha World-Herald reports on the opening of Saddle Creek Records' music venue.

"We set out to build the perfect rock club. I don't know if it's perfect, but it's pretty cool," Nansel said during a recent interview. "Hopefully it's a place that bands like to play at, and Omaha becomes more of a destination stop for bands on tour. We miss a lot of great shows because there's not a proper venue in the city. Hopefully that's about to change."

This week, New York Magazine's Vulture blog exclusively excerpts from the graphic novel, Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Petersen.

LAist interviews Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. about his solo career.

How did Yours To Keep come about? How long has this been in the works or in your mind?

Well I’ve been writing songs since I started playing music. I guess I just reached a point where I had found the right people and the right songs to leave my house and see what they would sound like. We did a song at a time. There wasn't an idea of an album in mind; we were just living in the moment. And before we knew it we had a record and that my friend is how it happened.

Playbill reports that the Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced its lineup for the 2007 Next Wave Festival.

Another BAM commission involves the young singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, whose multimedia work The BQE (as in the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) relates to the borough of Brooklyn.

JustPressPlay has the first poster for the Bob Dylan biopic, I'm Not There, which features Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger..

Rolling Stone's Rock & Roll Daily blog recaps Bright Eyes' seven nights at New York's Town Hall.

NPR's Glen Weldon lists "summer reads for former recess rebels."

Okkervil River's Will Sheff talks to Pitchfork about the band's new album, The Stage Names (out August 7th).

Pitchfork: Getting back to The Stages Names, you sound more confident on this record than before, both as a songwriter and a vocalist. Do you feel more confident?

WS: Yeah, I feel that way. I mean it's good to hear you say that, because sometimes it's frustrating because when I listen back to earlier records, I get disappointed with my voice. I'm like, 'Ah man, I wish that I could sing better.' I really liked the songs that I was writing when I started out, but nobody knew who the f*ck I was or cared, so it was this thing where it was like, 'Well, I'm going to have to sing these songs because nobody else is going to sing them.' And when I listen back I realize that I didn't even know how unnatural of a singer I was. But I just kept on doing what I was doing, and after nine years of doing it [laughs], I should be a better singer, hopefully, than when I started.

NPR's All Things Considered offers a "picnic" of summer books.

Daytrotter's Monday session features the Teeth

NPR's News & Notes interviews hip hop mogul Russell Simmons about his book, Do You! Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success.

Minnesota's Public Radio features in-studio performances by the Clientele, Eleni Mandell, and Romantica.

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