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June 12, 2007


Bryan Garza of Scissors for Lefty compares the band's first two albums in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Garza says he considers "Bruno" like the B-side to "Underhanded Romance." "Although we can be serious with our songwriting and all, this album definitely has more playfulness about it than our last one."

Brian Coleman, author of Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies talks to the Boston Globe.

But Coleman is not eager to thrust himself onto center stage. His job, he figures, is to stay out of the way of the material. "My agenda," says the author, "is that these are incredible albums, and I want people to know more about them. I think the artists appreciate that."

Members of Immaculate Machine talk to the Victoria Times Colonist.

The Chicago Sun-Times weighs in on the Sopranos finale.

You can't end something like "The Fugitive" without giving us a confrontation with the one-armed man. In that same vein, the conclusion of a plot-driven mystery such as "Lost" has to answer some major questions at the finish line.

But even though "The Sopranos" has had some shocking twists and season finales over the years, it was never about cliffhangers or whodunits. It was a darkly funny and brutally frank dissection of one of the most tortured and complex families in American visual literature.

The National Post has Canadian booksellers recommend summer reading. interviews Son Volt frontman jay Farrar.

RDC: You're often labeled as the godfather of alt-country. Is that a title you're comfortable with, or do you find it ridiculous?

JF: I see it as more of a continuum where you're inspired by people that came before you. You give some, you take some, and that seems to be the way that it all works. I don't see that anything's starting at any one discernible point. I guess that's looking at it from more of a historical perspective. It's hard to really say that anybody really started anything.

Aunts and Butlers is a text adventure game styled after the Jeeves novels of P.G. Wodehouse.

KEXP offers an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Keren Ann at noon Pacific today. is listing the Top 100 Harry-est Towns in America, the cities that are pre-ordering the most copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Jean Thompson's short fiction collection Throw Like a Girl.

The 12 stories in "Throw Like a Girl," which average around 25 pages each, plumb the recesses of the female heart with the assurance and finesse of a skilled cardiologist. Thompson knows how to hook her readers, then pay out plots and information gradually, and she knows exactly how long a story needs to be.

see also: Thompson's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

John Doe compares acting and making music in Paste.

Each Has Its Own Intensity: “Acting has given me the confidence to deliver a song in a quieter way and believe it will still translate. The challenge of acting is to get the intensity of the screaming and jumping around I might do with X into sitting there and delivering a few lines.” shares 30 of Jack Kerouac's writing tips.

Paste previews the Bonnaroo music festival.

New York magazine's Vulture blog features exclusive excerpts all week from Paul Hornschemeier's graphic novel, The Three Paradoxes

Daytrotter's Monday session features an in-studio performance by Illinois.

New York magazine's Vulture blog examines online trailers for books.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by the Pipettes.

Sam Forrest of Nine Black Alps talks to Drowned in Sound.

Design Observer states "everything I know about design I learned from the Sopranos."

see also:

this week's CD releases


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