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July 1, 2007


The 2007 Bonnaroo download page has been updated with a bittorrent downloads of the Ziggy Marley performance.

Glide interviews former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell about his solo album, Sirens of the Ditch.

You were writing a lot of the material on Sirens while still with the Truckers. What was it about these particular songs that told you they didn't belong on a Truckers album, but rather something different?

I was in a different frame of mind when I wrote these, thinking about different things that weren't the subjects the Truckers usually deal with. There's not a lot of Southern mythology—heroes, villains, and all that—in these songs, though there's plenty of
South on them. It's like when you come home after work and you turn your music on, you decide how loud you want it before it's just right. That's about as scientific as I can get with this, I think.

The Indianapolis Star profiles My Old Kentucky Blog's Dodge Lile.

In the sometimes cynical circles of underground rock music, Craig "Dodge" Lile ranks as Indiana's top tastemaker.

Bloodletters lists the top 50 horror movies.

Author Irvine Welsh talks to the Sunday Herald.

"It's not so much the polished literary jewel that's important to me, it's the storytelling. I make every book as good as I can, but I don't have the patience to stay with one for five years and make it sparklewithdescriptivewritingand metaphors. Doesn't interest me. In fact, it bores me. So I'm not happy with any of my books to be honest. As soon as you see the proof copies you go, Oh god that's a lot o' shite', or, I could have done a lot better with that'. But you've told that story now. Get on with the next one."

The Telegraph contemplates the future of Harry Potter, the character.

In other words, there will be reduced opportunities for wizarding skills by the time Harry hits the job market. While waiting around for a safe seat, he'd be better off bagging one of those lucrative public sector non-jobs that Gordon Brown's tax-and-spend policies are creating at the rate of 12,000 a month. There's no danger of them drying up, either. Not while The Guardian fills its Wednesday jobs section with advertisements for state and local authority welfare rights outreach counsellors, policy enhancement operatives, social infrastructure advisory specialists, and municipal outdoor enjoyment managers.

In the Sunday Herald, Scottish musicians share their memories of Fopp, Britain's largest independent music retailer that closed its doors Friday.

Chris Geddes, keyboard player for Glasgow favourites Belle And Sebastian, met many friends from his regular jaunts into Fopp as a student at Glasgow University. "I was in and out of Fopp as often as I was in and out of classes," he said. "I think a lot of the records I bought were influenced by what they had in stock at any given time - and you could always get something cheap, or take a bit of a chance. You'd go into Fopp and bump into friends who there, or you became mates with people who worked there."

The Times Online examines how record shops are fighting back against internet CD sales.

Both HMV and Rough Trade hope to beat competition from supermarkets and the internet by making their shops destinations in their own right. HMV customers of the future will sip smoothies at “refreshment hubs” while using instore computers to play games, surf the internet and download music. Rough Trade shoppers, meanwhile, will be able to pick up a coffee at the store’s cafe before sitting down on comfy chairs to take advantage of free WiFi and finally have a look at the records. To top this off, both companies will woo customers with regular, free instore gigs.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews actress-turned-rocker Juliette Lewis.

Q: Does doing this make you miss your air-conditioned movie trailers and five-star catering spreads?

A: Yeah, you do die for good catering. A nice bathroom and good catering, that's the holy grail. But I've done so many gritty shoots, in a way that's prepared me for all the hard work in music.

The Hindu interviews author David Mitchell.

David, what would you say is the significance of music in your work — structurally, thematically, inspirationally.

It’s a cloud rather than a question isn’t it? But an important and beautiful cloud. I couldn’t conceive of a life without music. Music is one of the major means by which I understand the human heart. Pop songs — they’re so good at human emotions. The best ones are. Of course 97 per cent is crap, but three per cent is imperishable human expression. The song reminds me of how articulate you can be if you master your art sufficiently. The song and the poem. It’s also a very studiable chunk of art. You can ask yourself about a song — why does that move me, why is that so clever, why is that phrase so retentive? And you can figure out the answers to these questions as well. They’re good places to study art in the abstract. Number 9 Dream was written under the musical spell of Kate Bush and John Lennon. Music is exactly like what St. Augustine said famously about Time, “I know exactly what it is until someone asks me to explain it. If you could explain it you wouldn’t actually need the music, which makes it a fascinating, inebriating bar conversation but a tricky interview question.

Destructoid lists the final track list for the PS2 game Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s.

Live Bootleg is a music blog featuring mp3 downloads of live performances from a variety of genres.

SF Signal has updated its list of science fiction and fantasy authors who blog.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune lists its top local CDs of the year so far.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles.

The Los Angeles Times examines the "cultural revolution" in Manchester.

Every shop or restaurant I entered was playing good music, whether local boys like New Order or American groups like Talking Heads. Haslam calls Manc "one of the least insular music cities in the world; it can love its local bands without being deaf to the charms of others." It's been open to black music for decades; blues hound John Mayall grew up listening to his father's jazz records, and the reggae and dub label Blood and Fire was founded here.

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