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July 28, 2007


Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams talks to the Vancouver Sun.

"I think that, if anything, if I'm prolific then I think that says more about the work ethic or the expectations of work in this day and age, in society. Because I certainly don't, in my opinion, do any more work than is required in order to be the type of person that could take my own self seriously as an artist."

The Long Island Press interviews Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark.

'Sup Magazine interviews Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.

Mashable lists 8 sites to swap your stuff (including music, films and books).

Harp profiles St. Vincent.

Comic Book Resources' the Comic Wire recaps last night's Eisner Awards.

ipickmynose has several exclusive in-studio tracks from John Vanderslice's recent performance at KZSU.

The Telegraph examines how music and arts festivals leverage the internet for promotion and fan interaction.

The race among festival promoters - and the brands that target their events - to build lucrative online communities has created the trend for user-generated content (UGC) on their websites. They want the public to participate in the festival experience, before, during and after. This entails everything from joining the online forum to sending picture messages from your phone to giant screens on site (courtesy of Orange, via Bebo) to recording and uploading a festival video-diary (Bacardi) to rocking up with your unsigned band and jamming for the cameras (Nokia, Virgin Mobile).

I missed this last month, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin profiles John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

CafeBabel profiles singer-songwriter Keren Ann.

Architecture in Helsinki's Cameron Bird talks to the Age about recording the band's new album, Places Like This (out August 21st).

"When we made our first two records, we were more of a hobbyist combo," Bird says. "It wasn't so much that we would be dabbling away, but more that we were functioning at the limit of our abilities to engineer and produce our own records. Combined, they took almost three years, so this one being done entirely in 12 days was a testament to how much of a hardened rock machine we've become."

The Guardian wonders why so few serious book shows are on television.

The lack of book programmes on mainstream television channels is puzzling. Britain is ablaze with book festivals, beaconing the land, drawing hundreds of thousands of reading and writing pilgrims. To travel on the London Underground can be to travel in a mobile reading room. Radio hoovers up writers. Yet on television, set aside the adaptation industry, books are on the margins - Mariella Frostrup's The Book Show on Sky and David Baddiel's new quiz show on BBC4.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Jenny Dalton.

WXPN's World Cafe features Suzanne Vega with an interview and in-studio performance from the singer-songwriter.

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