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June 30, 2007


The 2007 Bonnaroo download page has been updated with mp3 downloads of the John Butler Trio and Girl Talk sets, as well as a bittorrent downloads of the Superjam and Flaming Lips performances.

The Toronto Star recounts the "lost art of record hunting."

The New York Times reviews MIn Jin Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires.

It would be remarkable if she had simply written a long novel that was as easy to devour as a 19th-century romance — packed with tales of flouted parental expectations, fluctuating female friendships and rivalries, ephemeral (and longer-lasting) romantic hopes and losses, and high-stakes career gambles. But Lee intensifies her drama by setting it against an unfamiliar backdrop: the tightly knit social world of Korean immigrants, whose children strive to blend into their American foreground without clashing with their distinctive background. It’s a feat of coordination and contrast that could kill a chameleon, but Lee pulls it off with conviction.

see also: Min Jin Lee's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the novel

The Chicago Tribune offers its summer reading list.

Hymns' Jason Roberts talks to the Wilmington News-Journal about the band's sound.

"We decided to get away from that, do a Pavement-meets-Neil Young thing," Roberts said. "Some of our more indie rock songs are kind of like that still."

BlogTO interviews author Liam O'Donnell about graphic novels and writing for children.

The popularity of graphic novels has really seemed to have taken off in recent years. Any speculation as to why?

I can't really speak for the popularity of adult graphic novels, which has been impressive in the past few years. I think the rise in interest in comics for kids has been partly fueled by kids getting into manga coming from Japan and the growing acceptance from parents and educators that there is literacy value in comics and graphic novels.

KEXP is streaming an in-studio performance by the National today at 2 pacific.

The Scotsman profiles Interpol.

Chris Lombardi, co-president of Matador Records, the indie label that released the band's first two albums, says: "They're an amazing band to work with in their intense professionalism. They certainly had a vision. They saw the big picture and moved in very careful steps to achieve some sort of growth in their career with every step that they made."

The Twin Cities Daily Planet interviews Tim Kinsella.

Tony: Have you felt there is any similarity between filmmaking and musicmaking?

Tim: Oh, very much, yeah. I mean, the few people who have seen it are kinda shocked how much it has reminded them of a Joan of Arc record. I took that as a good sign. I’m not trying to make Joan of Arc records in a certain way, and I’m not trying to make this film in a certain way. I took it as a sign, I must have been able to express something true to myself clearly, if that same quality comes across.

The Telegraph is devoting an entire web page to its coverage of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Author Gary Shteyngart talks to the Brisbane Times.

"Writers are becoming like celebrities," he says. "But it's not quite like that because we aren't celebrities and we aren't obscure any more." He predicts that writers will become more and more attractive.

Torontoist lists the top Toronto albums.

NPR is streaming last night's performance by the Polyphonic Spree and singer-songwriter (and former Jayhawk) Mark Olson.

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this week's CD releases


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