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July 4, 2007

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The Sydney Star Observer interviews singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf.


Rhett Miller of the Old 97's talks to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"Even though the Old 97's never did what Elektra would've liked us to do, we got to make a lot of records on a major label that spent millions of dollars," he said. "Now, that's unheard of. We were the last wave of that kind of system and promotion. I could complain that they didn't get us, but in the end they were a decent home and a lot of people there treated us very well."


The Times Online lists the 100 best holiday reads, and the Philadelphia Inquirer offers summer reading suggestions.


The Cleveland Scene offers a true cult rock sampler.


If you're in Nashville, mark your calendars for July 15th's Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea sing-along at Centennial Park.


JamBase interviews Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. about his solo career.


Time looks back on 80 years of film robots.


LA Weekly interviews Natsuo Kirino, author of the novel Grotesque.

L.A. WEEKLY: You began your career writing bodice-rippers and young-adult novels. Why?

NATSUO KIRINO: I started writing juvenile novels around 1985. I never really thought of it as a career, but more as a way to make a living. I did this for seven to eight years. After a while, my writing started to be recognized. One of my books, Rain Falling on My Face, earned me the 39th Edogawa Ranpo prize. It’s a very prestigious literary prize in Japan, mostly for mysteries and thrillers. After that point, I decided that I had enough credibility to make the change to start writing things that I enjoyed more, but were still entertaining.


Status Ain't Hood lists summer's best singles.


eMusic lists the 50 best summer albums.


Pop Tarts Suck Toasted lists its favorite music releases of 2007.


Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by Dan Deacon.


The A.V. Club's Comics Panel grades recently released graphic novels.


Hard Format is a bog "reaching for the sublime in music design." (via)


The official Fiery Furnaces forum is once again online.



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