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July 31, 2007

Shorties

In the New York Daily News, Jim Farber reviews the new Shivaree album, Tainted Love: Mating Calls & Fight Songs.


Eugene Hutz talks to Harp about his band, Gogol Bordello.

"There are things about Gogol that will never go away, and dark humor is one of them. It’s always gonna be this drunk, galloping Eastern European horse of grotesque and dark humor.”


Variety profiles the latest British invasion of female singers, including Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.


The Montreal Gazette reviews The Art of the Band T-Shirt.

Easby and Oliver examine the strange parallel economy of music-making and T-shirts, and discuss the advent of the T-shirt as fashion and as a mobile advertisement for rock bands. So when Lindsay Lohan is photographed wearing a mid-1970s vintage John and Yoko T-shirt, this does not mean she loves the music of the Plastic Ono Band.


The Chicago Daily Herald celebrates the 50th anniversary of the city's music venue, the Metro, complete with musicians' memories of the club.


The August issue of Bookslut is online, and features interviews with Jack Pendarvis, David Edelstein, and others.


The San Francisco Chronicle profiles the Ditty Bops and their green approach to touring.

Simplifying agriculture and simplifying diet ( both women are vegetarian) are themes that will permeate the tour. Whereas last year's performance saw multiple costume changes, elaborate painted sets, a skeleton, pagoda and other hefty stage props, Barrett reports this summer's performances will be slim and trim, with the duo playing instruments - Barrett on mandolin, dulcimer and vocals, and DeWald on guitar and vocals. They will sport their signature plastic outfits, an homage to the band's nonprofit organization, You and I Save the World, whose flagship cause is the abolition of plastic bags.


Popmatters examines Harry Potter's place in popular culture.


Cracked lists 5 of the most absurd superhero origins.


Variety profiles artist, author and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi.


iF Magazine interviews Heroes creator Tim Kring and star Ali Larter.


NME has news about Neil Young's graphic novel based on his Greendale album.


The Ask Metafilter community answers the question, "why do people prefer music from their teenage years?"


PC Magazine lists 10 gizmos for the Simpsons fan.


Tegan and Sara talk to Newsday about their new album, The Con.


A splash page is online for the Iron Man film due in 2008, and IGN previews the film.


St. Vincent's Anne Clark talks to the Vancouver Province.

"I feel like it was a sad day when guitar solos went out of style and I think they're on the resurge. If I'm not carrying the flag, I'd at least like to carry a banner or maybe tack something on the message board."


Wired News interviews Danny Fingeroth, author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society about the shared history of Jews and superheroes.


The Film Connection is a "community of film lovers, social activists and lifelong learners who use our non-profit online film library to watch, discuss and act on compelling films from around the globe."


NPR's Song of the Day finds a "homemade gem" in "In Our Talons" by Bowerbirds.

see also: Bowerbirds' Phil Moore's Largehearted Boy Note Books essay



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