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June 19, 2007


The Globe and Mail profiles country legend Willie Nelson.

The man who became famous as a country-music outlaw (alongside Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard) has become a devout custodian of the music of the past. His last two albums were devoted to classic, half-forgotten tunes from the forties and fifties that he felt it his duty to revive, including last year's revelatory You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker.

The Connecticut Post examines the link between Lost characters and pop music.

The Guardian has musicians discuss "great records they'd gladly never hear again."

List of the day: mp3 blogs aggregated by the Hype Machine.

Rolling Stone lists the 10 best sports anthems.

NPR searches for the perfect wedding mix CD.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival has released its schedule.

Paste's band of the week is the Minus Story.

This week New York magazine's Vulture blog is excerpting my favorite baseball graphic novel, James Sturm's The Golem's Mighty Swing.

see also: my favorite baseball books

Status Ain't Hood bids goodbye to the magazine Punk Planet.

IGN lists the top 25 Police songs.

The Guardian examines the vinyl success of the White Stripes.

The American duo's vinyl success is partly thanks to a tie-in between record label XL and NME. The music magazine put out a free cover-mounted seven-inch copy of the White Stripes track Rag & Bone in a double sleeve, to be completed by one of the seven-inch formats of Icky Thump. The strong vinyl sales for Icky Thump also reflect the growing popularity of the format in the UK. Seven-inch record sales topped 1m last year, up more than fivefold in five years, according to industry data.

Singer-songwriter Leslie Feist talks to Filter.

In Esquire, artist Chip Kidd discusses three of his more notable book covers.

It was interesting to see The Road in bookstores amongst all the other stuff -- it called attention to itself by not calling attention to itself. I don't think we took unnecessary chances with it. The text has to be strong for that kind of cover to work for a less established writer, but you could say that about anything.

The A.V. Club lists 13 great moments in the co-option of hip-hop.

Drowned in Sound interviews Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello, aka the Nightwatchman.

Harp lists its "summer sirens," the most intriguing women of the year.

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan shares three choices for summer reading.

The 2007 SXSW downloads page has been updated with an mp3 download of a performance by Art in Manila (former Azure Ray member Orenda Fink's new band).

The 2007 Bonnaroo download page has been updated with a bittorrents of Widespread Panic's and Gov't Mule's performances.

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this week's CD releases


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