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June 16, 2007


The Perth Sunday Times lists the top ten Aussie rock moments.

In the New York Times, Jennifer Egan reviews Jean Thompson's short fiction collection, Throw Like a Girl.

Welcome to the feminine cosmos of “Throw Like a Girl,” whose population includes some of the most domineering dames to appear in recent fiction. We’re talking women who say things like (a mother describing her daughter’s boyfriend in “Holy Week”): “He was narrow-chested and his hips were so skinny that they seemed only a kind of attachment mechanism for his penis.” Or (in “A Woman Taken in Adultery”): “We were at a dinner party. Me with my husband, who I had trained to sit up and beg food from the table.” Girl children are equally corrosive; the first story, “The Brat,” begins, “She hated her mother and she hated her father too, at least when he was around to be hated.”

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

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore talks to Pitchfork about the band's tribute album, soon to be available at Starbucks everywhere.

We sort of devised this idea of a Sonic Youth record where we asked all these different people to choose their favorite song, people like artists and actors and other musicians and what have you. So all these people, from Jeff Tweedy to Beck to Marc Jacobs to Portia de Rossi to Michelle Williams [laughs], they all chose their favorite songs and wrote a little thing about it. So it's a compilation record of artists choosing songs of Sonic Youth. There's going to be one exclusive song of ours that we'll record, so that's something we have to record.

The New York Times reviews noise-canceling headphones.

BBC News reports that author Salman Rushdie has been knighted.

Of his knighthood for services to literature, Rushdie said: "I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and am very grateful that my work has been recognised in this way."

Music blogs are covering this weekend's Bonnaroo music festival. Get daily news, reviews, and updates from the Futurist, Muzzle of Bees, Loudersoft and You Ain't No Picasso.

The Hype Machine has started aggregating my mp3 posts again (I just noticed there was a hiccup in April), remember you can stream the mp3s from Largehearted Boy at this Hype Machine page.

The Brisbane Times profiles the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt talk to the Madison Capital.

"We built this studio and this environment to allow that to happen without a clock ticking," Tweedy says. "No headphones, vocal mic four feet in front of the drum kit. Not a lot of separation between the instruments. Everything had to happen at the same time."

Stirratt sounds almost relieved when describing the process. "It was the fastest record we'd done in a long time: a two-week recording session. I think 95 percent of the great rock music in the world is stuff that hasn't been labored over too much."

In the Guardian, novelist AM Homes reviews Jack Kerouac's 1957 play, Beat Generation.

It is a play of its time - which is why context is important. In bits and pieces it is reminiscent of Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets and a bit of Arthur Miller. But by comparison to those playwrights, whose work is formal and well defined, this play is loose, unfettered. It is about juxtaposition, relation, words and ideas bouncing off one another, riffing in a bebop scatter.

Author and editor Tina Brown lists her favorite things for the Telegraph.

Favourite gadget My iPod, without a doubt. Much of the music on it was chosen by my daughter: there are songs by Mary J Blige, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and Gnarls Barkley. Then I mix it all up with golden oldies by Traffic.

The Guardian's music blog has its readers list classic albums that leave them cold.

Avett Brothers vocalist Bob Crawford talks to JamBase.

"In this day and age, music is a hybrid of ten things. Nothing is pure," continues Crawford. "It's not as clear-cut as it used to be. If you like Americana then that's what you hear in us, but if you like Nirvana maybe you hear us from a different direction. If it's a 65-year old guy who likes Flatt and Scruggs or Charlie Poole he may see it from another perspective. People have compared us to Manassas [Stephen Stills's short lived '70s outfit] and The Band. A fella at the Washington Post once wrote we were Robert E. Lee singing for The Ramones. Who knows what Robert E. Lee's voice sounded like? I've never even seen a description and I've read history. That Southern-ness does filter in. I'm from New Jersey so I hear it plain as day. We live in a time where geographic influences are getting less and less but I think it's in what we do more than saying it's bluegrass or country or rock 'n' roll or punk."

Cincinnati's City Beat lists ten reasons why a recent Wilco show rules.

WXPN is streaming Ryan Adams' Friday World Cafe performance.

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