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June 25, 2007


The 2007 Bonnaroo download page has been updated.

New download links include:

mp3 download of the Martha Wainwright performance.

A video of the Flaming Lips playing Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" at soundcheck.

Lossless bittorrent downloads of the National and Tool performances.

and much more...

The Chicago Tribune examines the resugence in vinyl music sales.

"We don't offer every new release on vinyl, not by a long shot, but we've had more vinyl releases in the last two years" than in recent memory, said Martin Hall, a publicist for Merge Records. And when they do put an album on vinyl, the pressing is not huge, maybe 1,500 copies, depending on the band.

This week, Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Aurelie Sheehan.

The New Yorker reviews the poetry of US presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Harold Bloom, who in fifty-three years of teaching literature at Yale University has had many undergraduate poems pressed hopefully upon him said, when reached by telephone in New Haven last week, that he was not familiar with Obama’s oeuvre. But after studying the poems he said that he was not unimpressed with the young man’s efforts—at least, by the standards established by other would-be bards within the political sphere. “At eighteen, as an undergraduate, he was already a much better poet than our former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, who keeps publishing terrible poetry,” Bloom said.

Stylus interviews members of Vampire Weekend.

Vampire Weekend played almost all their shows at Columbia University until now. They played at the literary society. A lot. One song on their EP is called “Oxford Comma,” as in the comma that comes before a conjunction in a list of three items. I love dogs, chocolate Oxford comma and dogs. I assume they belonged to the society. “No.” Unison again. “It’s a pretty nice building, though,” Chris adds. I tell them writing a song about an Oxford comma is irrepressibly geeky.

Tegan of Tegan and Sara talks to AfterEllen about the band's new album The Con.

The Alan Review lists "Cool Books for Tough Guys: 50 Books Out of the Mainstream of Adolescent Literature That Will Appeal to Males Who Do Not Enjoy Reading."

Geeks of Doom lists its best films of 2007.

Salon wraps up its summer reading suggestions with a selectopn of mysteries and science fiction.

Harp interviews singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins.

The Birmingham News examines the true meaning behind Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" lyrics.

The issue is most extensively explored on the Web site, a Neil Young fan site. The author claims the song is a sly agreement with Young's assessment of the South and is misunderstood, much like Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," which sounds like an anthem to America if only the chorus is listened to, but is actually a tale of hardships faced by Vietnam veterans.

The News also examines the song's surprising worldwide appeal.

Mouse on Mars's Jan St. Werner talks to Paste about the band's collaboration with Mark E. Smith (Von Sudenfed).

Still, what is most striking about Tromatic Reflexxions is the extent to which Smith’s vocal contributions, and his voice in general, both undermine and reinforce the tensions that St. Werner identifies. “[Smith’s] voice is so much like a sound that you find it really appealing without editing it in any form,” he says. “Mark is already singing processed, I think, if you know what I mean.” Indeed, Smith’s voice is as affected and immediate as the music of Mouse on Mars, and the contrasts are evident on the album.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer examines the city's diverse music scene through the record labels that call the city home.

Reloda is sharing many downloads of performances from the 2007 edition of the Glastonbury Festival, and the Telegraph recaps the event.

Carol Stoudt, the first female brewmaster in the U.S., shares her summer reading suggestions with NPR's Weekend Edition.

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this week's CD releases


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