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June 21, 2007


The 2007 Bonnaroo download page has been updated.

New download links include:

mp3 downloads of the Wilco, Gov't Mule, and Widespread Panic performances.

Lossless bittorrent downloads of the Feist and String Cheese Incident performances.

Video performances of Regina Spektor, Damien Rice, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

and much more...

The Daily Texan previews some of the performers scheduled for this year's Austin City Limits music festival.

Members of Interpol talk to the New York Times about the band's fashion sense.

“There’s been a lot of stupid attention on different facets of this band from the beginning, and one of them is the fashion,” Mr. Banks said. “And for us it’s sort of like, so? It just so happens that we all kind of come together on the formal side of things.”

Graham Van Pelt of Miracle Fortress talks to the Toronto Star.

While Miracle Fortress's Five Roses album has garnered critical comparisons to Brian Wilson and Yo La Tengo – Van Pelt describes it as "'60s pop meets laptop" – up until now, he's probably better known as being part of Think About Life, an anthemic band that is known for waves of distortion and rollicking live performances.

Prefix interviews Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark.

USA Today profiles author Austin Grossman, author of the novel Soon I Will Be Invincible.

Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson discusses some of the songs on his latest album, Sweet Warrior, with the Patriot-News.

""Dad's Gonna Kill Me" -- that's "Dad" as in "Baghdad" -- an anti-war statement that's generated responses from soldiers and their families, both British and American:

"The British were on the whole fairly positive, fairly supportive. The American soldiers that I've had feedback from, mostly on e-mail, have been supportive. Soldiers' families have been mostly hostile because they see their sons and daughters are out there fighting for freedom and democracy.

"And I really don't think those are the issues in this war. These are just catch phrases the government came up with fairly late in the day to divert people from the real purpose of the war. My interest in this song was really sympathy for the troops -- that's really where it began."

He took the song's lyrics directly from the slang the soldiers are using in the field.

"Soldiers' language is always this mixture of humor and cynicism, and it tends to cut through to the heart of the matter. I was interested in what they were saying, these great phrases they were using."

Author Susanna Moore talks to the New York Times.

“Transgressive means to me breaking the rules and sinning. I don’t see myself as breaking the rules and sinning. I’m really interested in what it means to be female. That, I would say, is the subject of all the books.”

Music Thing lists Captain Beefheart's rules for guitarists.

In Harp, Gustav Ejstes of Dungen lists some of his favorite Swedish albums.

KEXP has a live performance from the charming Arthur & Yu at 11 am pacific.

Author Darcey Steinke makes a music playlist for the New York Times Paper Cuts blog. The blog also has some always-appreciated kind words for Largehearted Boy.

The Guardian examines social networking sites built around books.

Nathan Reusch, co-founder of Kansas City label the Record Machine, talks to Pitch Weekly.

"I'd love to make something like advertising-supported free downloads, but there's just no support for that yet," Reusch says. "It's tough to be a label our size — you kind of have to go with the flow of the industry."

Singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato talks to Seattle Weekly.

The Telegraph reviews Michael Chabon's latest novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

The National's Aaron Dressner talks to the Boston Herald.

“Interpol and the Strokes make a very specific sound and style that they stick to on a record,” said the National guitarist/bassist Aaron Dessner, who spoke while traveling in a tour van headed from Louisville to Atlanta. “The National visits lots of places. We wander down hallways and visit different rooms. We don’t want to be in the same room the whole time.”

The California Literary Review interviews Nicole Mones, author of the novel, The Last Chinese Chef.

The people that are doing really well in terms of writing narrative in China – people like Wang Shuo and Wei Hui – they write kind of alienated, louche, urban characters who are disaffected, they’re gambling, they’re up all night, they take drugs, they have a lot of casual sex, there’s violence. It’s the kind of thing that fascinated America in the 1950s when we were waking up from a long period of repression. And those novels get translated into English, and they don’t sell here. Nobody’s particularly interested in reading them.

Bjork talks to the Telegraph about singing at the Glastonbury festival.

Atlanta's Creative Loafing lists the "seven deadly sins of kid culture."

NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by the National.

At Buzz, Balls & Hype, literary publicist Lauren Cerand addresses the importance of blogs to the publishing industry.

Any investment in familiarity with the online world is bound to return higher than expected yield. Blogs have an authenticity that many readers feel mainstream media lack, and their influence as a whole is growing exponentially. Dynamic, fascinating and personal, online outlets can present opportunities that would never exist in the “traditional” world. A flurry of user-generated comments on a blog post can spark a fascinating debate that encourages casual readers to seek out the book and decide for themselves, even if only to return armed with wittier ammunition. Best of all, connectivity is the buzzword and buzz can make all the difference in whether a book flies off the shelf or takes a nosedive into the remainder bin.

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