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July 16, 2007


The Guardian examines the increase in sales of music on vinyl.

The data, released by the UK's industry group BPI, shows that 7in vinyl sales were up 13% in the first half, with the White Stripes' Icky Thump the best seller.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Colin Meloy of the Decemberists.

Do you have any other projects lined up?

Carson [Ellis], my girlfriend, who does all the artwork for the band, [has] been doing children's books lately, and we're going to collaborate on a children's book for HarperCollins. It's about a talking cat in 1920s Butte, Montana.

The Chicago Daily Herald and Sun-Times review the Pitchfork Music Festival.

The Independent interviews former New Yorker editor Tina Brown.

How do you feel you influence the media?

At The New Yorker and Vanity Fair we constantly set the agenda for TV discussion and editorials. It was great to see how you could help to move the media in a new direction. At Vanity Fair I was proud of publishing William Styron's piece about his manic depression. He turned it into a bestseller with the same title as the piece, Darkness Visible.

The Moderate Voice lists "five great books for summer reading."

The Los Angeles Times examines the effects of a band's music being used in commercials.

A band's brand might suffer if they do the wrong kind of commercials, or if their fans think they're more focused on advertising than on making music, said Hirshberg, the Deutsch executive. If viewers come away from the ad wondering how much money changed hands, the ad probably didn't work, he said. Rewriting a song's lyrics to sell a brand is especially risky.

Popmatters lists 65 great protest songs.

The Jerusalem Post reviews Michael Chabon's most recent novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a dazzling work - richly imagined, deftly written, slyly hilarious. It is also, by the way, a love letter to exile and dispossession. Its satire has the effect, intended or not, of treating Israel as something simultaneously fanatical and ridiculous.

Scott Esposito's Murakami Dictionary was "created in order to detail Murakami's obsessions and provide a guide to them for readers. Using Murakami's own words, the Dictionary provides a guide to Murakami's favorite items--what they are and what they mean, to him."

Jack Kerouac's San Francisco Blue Neon Alley is "a directory of the Beat generation and the Beat related on the world wide web."

UGO lists the top 50 television shows of all time.

Cracked lists "10 simple rules for concert etiquette."

Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance by Portland's Shaky Hands.

This week, Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by James P. Othmer.

see also: Othmer's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for his novel, The Futurist

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