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August 7, 2007


Ireland's Independent examines the resurgence of the ukulele i popular music.

“I’m in love with this instrument,” says Patrick Wolf, the 24-year-old rock maverick who is currently winning plaudits for his album The Magic Position. Wolf decided that a baritone ukulele was essential to his career after discovering that one of his heroines, Joni Mitchell, wrote most of her early material one before she could afford a guitar. “It’s so bittersweet,” Wolf says of the ukulele. “It’s ecstatic, yet really sorrowful.”

AskMen interviews Nick Baines of the Kaiser Chiefs.

In the Guardian, author Catherine Sampson lists her top 10 Asian crime novels.

NME reports that Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is shopping his memoirs.

The New York Daily News examines the impact of music blogs.

In other words, blogs are where an increasing number of music fans are going to get their fix on what's hip and cool. Sites like Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Central Village, and Gorilla Vs. Bear come trippingly to the tongue of music marketing types who've noticed their increasing ability to generate buzz. Joining them are literally hundreds of renegade sites, with fanciful names like Monster and Critics, Villains Always Blink, and (my personal fave) I Guess I'm Floating.

KEXP features an in-studio performance by Thee More Shallows at 4 pacific this afternoon.

At USA Today's Pop Candy, Whitney Matheson recaps her Lollapalooza experience, set by set.

LAist interviews singer-songwriter Ferraby Lionheart.

How would you describe this album to someone who has never heard your music?

It's like if Jim Jarmusch took Mary Poppins, and Butch Cassidy on a paddle-boat ride.

UGO lists its top 11 fictional dogs.

Pitchfork interviews Interpol's Paul Banks.

Rolling Stone interviews Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

Vegas Pop lists the 25 greatest Vegas songs ever.

UGO chronicles author Neil Gaiman's in-progress Hollywood projects.

Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua talks to the Naples Daily News about music blogging.

Unlike traditional music scribes, these writers zeroed in on single songs instead of albums and were less focused on the music’s place in the rock ’n’ roll pantheon and more in tune to a song’s place in pop culture and their own lives. Sort of like the blog equivalent of high school sessions discussing the merits of “Stairway to Heaven” in your basement.

“You didn’t have to make some sort of grand narrative about the importance of the music or anything like that,” Perpetua says. “You just get to write about the song. It’s something you seldom see in mainstream music writing.”

Chicagoist reviews the Lollapalooza festival.

Paste's band of the week is Australia's Augie March.

Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice talks to Synthesis.

“Honestly, sometimes I feel there’s too many bands, and too many blogs…and I think that’s how it should be,” he muses. “I think there should be a rich landscape of voices. Just imagine how many painters there were in Florence in 1540 or whatever. That’s the kind of environment you need to have great art happening.”

NPR's All Things Considered remembers singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood.

New York magazine's The Comics Page features excerpts of Doug Tennapel's graphic novel, Black Cherry.

Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance from Langhorne Slim.

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