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August 1, 2007

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The Rocky Mountain News interviews Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock.

Rocky: I know you were surprised when Float On broke big. The new album premiered at No. 1. Did that surprise you, too?

Brock: I don't remember ever saying I was surprised that Float On did that well. It just wasn't what I thought much about. I'm trying to be as unaffected (by sales) as I can. When we finish up a record, I have to resolve to myself that maybe not a lot of people will like it. We have to be happy with the record ourselves. As long as I'm happy, whether it does well or not I still feel the same.


Clickmusic interviews members of Nine Black Alps.


The Guardian remembers film director Michelangelo Antonioni.

Antonioni was literary, in that he began to investigate love stories in terms of how their failure represented the political nullity of the lovers and their society and their perplexity when confronted by the great spaces of the world. That may sound pretentious and arty - and Antonioni was never too far from either - but no one better than him could put the post-1945 disquiet on film simply by showing the gaps between people. Being with someone but not looking at them was nearly invented by Antonioni, and on film it is like a mortal sin.


Willamette Week reviews Tao Lin's novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee.

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


The National's Aaron Dessner and Matt Berninger talk to Popmatters.


Stylus interviews Annika Norlin of Swedish popsters Hello Saferide.


The Ditty Bops are already selling their 2008 "Save the World Bikini Calendar" on their website, as well as a new limited edition EP, Pack Rat.


New York magazine's the Comic Page is excerpting Alive, the first volume of a new manga series by Tadashi Kawashima and Adachitoka, this week.


The Age interviews Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.


Shoutmouth lists the the 25 most influential punk bands.


IGN reviews the new John Vanderslice album, Emerald City.

For his seventh solo album in as many years, John Vanderslice looked to the rejected visa application of his French girlfriend as his inspiration. The result is a fantastic album full of swirling emotional waves of vengeance, hatred, and confusion, chased by an overwhelming sense of paranoia throughout.

The Minnesota Daily also reviews the album.

"Emerald City" works best because its artist isn't afraid to admit that he doesn't know who is right or what the solution should be. Instead, he necessarily captures the anxious, ambivalent streak through contemporary American life, and personalizes a national horror.


Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell shares his current listening with JamBase.

"I love that Amy Winehouse record. I think that's amazing. I always find myself going back to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel, which I listen to three or four times a week every week. Of course, I love Centro-matic. I love everything they do. They seem like the kind of people who'd make this music, too," Isbell says. "I really like it when you run across people whose music seems like a natural extension of their body. Honestly, I think the best artists are the ones it's hardest to tell what their influences are because they mix them together in such a strange way."

Isbell performs in the KEXP studio at 1 pacific this afternoon.


Zen Habits lists "20 ways to get free or cheap books, and give away your old ones."


WXPN's World Cafe features former Jayhawks member Mark Olson with an interview and in-studio performance.

see also: Olson's Largehearted Boy Note Books essay


The York Dispatch examines DC Comics' new line of graphic novels aimed at teenage girls.


Minneapolis Public Radio features in-studio performances by Blitzen Trapper and Dappled Cities.


The Futurist features a couple of in-studio live tracks from Forget Cassettes recent WOXY Lounge Act performance.


Lullabyes offers an impromptu "on the street" version of "Click Click Click Click" by Bishop Allen.



also at Largehearted Boy:

this week's CD releases

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