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July 11, 2007


Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner talks to the Charleston City Paper about his opening (and backing) band on this tour, the Six Parts Seven.

"They are an instrumental band from Kent, Ohio," says Buckner. "This is the third tour we've done together. They're really great musicians and they go along with everything I do, which is really nice. We're all paying rent by playing shows on the road, so we're all in the same boat. They're happy, playing and touring, and I'm happy to have them. You have to keep working with different people to keep yourself charged up. The change in environment helps keep you active ... and, hopefully, makes the shows a little better for being more alert."

Singer-songwriter Jesse Harris puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

Cat Power, "Keep On Runnin'"

JH: I actually got into Cat Power because I worked with her. She did a tune of mine for this soundtrack, and I flew to Miami to produce it, and to play on it. During that time, I was really addicted to You Are Free and The Greatest. I would listen to them, I don't know, every day. Prior to that, I'd heard Cat Power from friends mostly, and I'd always liked what I heard, but I'd never gotten totally into it. But I knew her singing enough that when we asked her to do my song, I knew that she'd be right. I don't know, there's something in her singing that seems… not put on at all. It seems uncontrived, and honest. And raw. And vulnerable. I think anything that open just draws me in.

Popmatters profiles the Athens, Georgia band Je Suis France.

Potter Predictions is collecting reader predictions about the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Detroit Metro Times lists the "seven deadly sins of kid culture."

Aquarium Drunkard's Off the Record series features Richmond Fontaine frontman (and novelist) Willy Vlautin offering his favorite places in Portland, Oregon.

The A.V. Club interviews comedian Patton Oswalt.

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell talks to the Richmond Style about his solo album, Sirens of the Ditch.

Isbell says there have been a few negative reactions to lines like: “Red, white and blue in the rafters/Silent old men from the Corps/What did they say when they shipped you away/To fight somebody’s Hollywood war?” But mostly, he says, his fans are more highly evolved than people “who throw rocks at you for singin’.”

“It frustrates me when people poke fun at Bono or the Dixie Chicks for speaking their mind in a song. That’s what we do,” he says. “That’s our job, that’s what you pay us to do.”

Pitchfork gives the album a 7.4.

The Toronto Star lists the finalists for Canada's Polaris music prize.

Author Sebastian Faulks talks to the Guardian about the James Bond novel he is writing, to be published next May.

"He has been widowed and been through a lot of bad things ... He is slightly more vulnerable than any previous Bond but at the same time he is both gallant and highly sexed, if you can be both. Although he is a great seducer, he really does appreciate the girls he seduces and he doesn't actually use them badly."

Undercover interviews Pegi Young (wife of Neil) about her debut solo album, 35 years in the making.

Vanity Fair lists the top 10 Simpson episodes.

Popmatters reviews Kara Zuaro's indie rock cookbook, I Like Food, Food Tastes Good.

I Like Food is like a homier, more personal spin on a music blog; it may not come with any free downloads, but the bands you love, the bands you may not know, recipes from both, and the music writer who’s enthusiastic about all of it create what feels like an indie-rock community.

see also: Zuaro's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

Cracked lists 11 movies saved by historical inaccuracy.

In probably the most amazing music blog post of the year, Stereogum commissioned and is sharing a tribute album to Radiohead's OK Computer featuring John Vanderslice covering "Karma Police" (a pairing I have actually dreamed about), My Brightest Diamond's version of "Airbag," and many other indie gems.

The Rawking Refuses to Stop! is sharing Thom Yorke's solo Bridge School benefit performance from 2002.

Zooglobble's Stefan Shepherd reviews recently released children's albums that won't make indie parents cringeNPR's All Things Considered.

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this week's CD releases


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