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June 10, 2007


Lou Barlow talks to the Los Angeles Times about the influence of the Meat Puppets.

"I don't think we properly credit them for how much they influenced us," says bassist Lou Barlow, who recently reunited with guitarist J Mascis and drummer Murph to take the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup into the studio and out on the road again.

"They weren't afraid to be influenced by anything and everything," Barlow adds. "People get kind of neurotic about the way they show their influences and doing it the right way and being cool. But they made no attempt to be cool or fit in the scene, and that was pretty incredible."

Jack White of the Whiite Stripes talks to the New York Times.

“If you just stood up in a crowd and said your story — ‘I came home, and this girl I was dating wasn’t there, and I was wondering where she was’ — it’s not interesting,” he said. “But give it a melody, give it a beat, build it all the way up to a haircut. Now people pay attention.”

The Chicago Tribune ponders if Wilco "sold out" with its music in a VW ad.

The Baltimore Sun suggests reading the US presidential candidates' books to reveal their true character.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette lists "enchanting" summer reads, and the Raleigh News & Observer gets local booksellers' recommendations..

Garage Hangover is a music blog dedicated to 60's garage bands.

The Observer excerpts from Haruki Murakami's novel, After Dark.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune examines the local phenomenon of local teen bands.

"A band that used to spend a day going around from high school to high school or [college] campus to campus putting up posters can do the equivalent in a few minutes on MySpace," said Ian Anderson, a musician and record-label operator who, at 22, is like a mogul to many of these bands.

The Observer's headline for its review of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union: "Chandler with Chutzpah."

Chabon discusses his writing style with the Scotsman.

"My writing," he says, "grows out of my reading, and the pleasure I take from writing is very closely tied in my mind to the pleasure I take from reading". Despite his screen-writing success (Wonder Boys, his second novel, was also filmed, and The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh is doing the film festival rounds), he is first and foremost a novelist. "It's always with relief that I come back to writing fiction. Basically I like to be by myself, work by myself, I like to be the guy that makes all the decisions. If I want there to be Philippines-style Chinese doughnuts there are Philippines-style Chinese doughnuts."

The Times Online defines your fashion choices by your musical tastes.

NPR is streaming last night's Rufus Wainwright's Washington performance.

The Book Inscriptions Project is collecting and sharing scans and photos of personal book inscriptions.

What to Send

Personal messages written in ink (or pen or marker or crayon or grape jelly) inside a book. Pictures count. So do poems. So do notes on paper found in a book. The more heartfelt the better. Send a copy of the cover and the inscription and any details about how, when and where you found it.

What Not to Send

Books signed by the author.
One-liners like “Merry Christmas, Love Mom” (but we love good one-liners)
Notes that aren’t in a book or book-like item. Send those to Found.

Lullabyes features an mp3 download of a March Maria Taylor performance.

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