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July 23, 2007


The 2007 Bonnaroo music festival download page has been updated with mp3 downloads of sets by the following bands:

Ben Harper
Dierks Bentley
Gillian Welch
Hold Steady
John Butler Trio
Lewis Black and friends
North Mississippi Allstars
Philadelphia Experiment
The Police
Richard Thompson
RX Bandits

John Vanderslice is streaming his new album, Emerald City, on MySpace.

Pitchfork interviews singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.

In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones profiles former Blur member and opera scorer Damon Albarn.

The New Yorker features a new short story by A.L. Kennedy, "Wasps."

Macleans examines the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign's theme song, Celene Dion's "You and I."

If a theme song is tricky for a politician, it can be hazardous for the artist: if a tune becomes associated with a candidate, it might lose its appeal with the candidate's opponents. That's why a representative for Celine Dion told Maclean's that the singer is "not involved politically" with the campaign, adding that "her son always wanted to hear her music on an official occasion, like a wedding, and she is flattered that the fans voted for You and I for this occasion." Dion wants us to know that she is happy, but in a non-partisan way.

Wikipedia lists "songs whose title constitutes the entire lyrics."

NewPages lists literary magazines from A to Z.

The San Diego Union-Tribune examines graphic novels as an art form.

Harp presents future rock star video games, including "Amy Winehouse of the Dead."

Object: This 3-D martial arts/zombie plague game pits Amy “Mad Dog 20/20” Winehouse against Lily Allen and Courtney Love in catfights to the next fix. Or album advance, whichever comes first.

Drowned in Sound interviews legendary singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston.

It's obviously far better for you as a person to be level, content and balanced but when you're feeling okay, does this mean that you don't feel like writing so much?

"U-huh," he agrees, nodding. "When I'm writing, I remember and I'm feeling really good, then when I stop writing I'm just watching movies and I'm in another world and I've forgot and I've got to get back, you know. I'm glad that some people like the music and everything. So I've had opportunities, so I'm going to try and go for it, you know."

The Independent chooses the best illustrators in Britain, and includes Stanley Donwood (who created much of Radiohead's album artwork).

The Best Week Ever lists the 10 best Simpsons endings ever.

Newsarama interviews author Jonathan Lethem about his new version of the Marvel Comics series, Omega the Unknown.

NRAMA: What’s the experience been like, going from prose to comics?

JL: A learning experience. Reading comics as long as I have was a huge head start, but it wasn’t everything. I needed to feel my way into the form. You quickly realize that in a sense it’s not a written form. The words are important, but the more important part of my work is giving Farel Dalrymple these assignments to draw.

I think the dominant part of the comic book experience is the visual. One reason why I’ve been slow has been that I really have to do this job of storyboarding and visualization in my head, in order to make to my storytelling work in the medium’s terms.

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