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August 10, 2007

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Washington's Express interviews comedian Eugene Mirman.

» EXPRESS: What's your indie rock connection?

» MIRMAN: In general, I think my career is more similar to [that of] an indie band. I have a rock booking agent. I never said, "I'm gonna get a sitcom." I wanted to work on weird projects with friends.


Popmatters reviews the Genesis box set, Genesis: 1976-1982.

If there is one thing 1976-1982 makes painfully clear, it is that Genesis’ songwriting was been the most painful Achilles heel of their long career. Without the strong personality of a Peter Gabriel to lead them, the group floundered for three albums before following its own better instincts into more fertile fields of straight-ahead pop songwriting.


Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell talks to 2theadvocate.


Rilo Kiley is playing a free MySpace secret show in Los Angeles tonight.


Webware profiles 8 (and a half) free web music players.


The New York Times examines Universal Music's decision to sell music online with no digital rights management.

The effort is likely to be seen as part of the industry’s wider push to increase competition to iTunes and shift leverage away from Apple, which wields enormous influence over prices and other terms in digital music. A month ago, Universal notified Apple that it would not agree to a new long-term contract to sell music through iTunes.


USA Today reviews some of the summer's best graphic novels.


Guardian music blogger Jon Wilde lists his ten favorite songs.


The Daily Blitz recommends graphic novels.


The Los Angeles Times examines the New Yorker's new board game (now available at Target), which involves writing captions to cartoons featured in the magazine.

The magazine version of the game invites readers to submit captions for previously drawn cartoons. Their suggestions are winnowed down to three finalists by judges. Readers vote on the winner, published the following week. The game, which is featured on the last page of the magazine, attracts 7,000 to 10,000 entries per week, a healthy chunk of the New Yorker's roughly 1 million weekly readers.


Guardian readers recommend songs about Africa.


The Montreal Mirror interviews Annie Heart of Au Revoir Simone.

M: I understand that you played during a book reading by David Lynch in New York, and more recently at his museum exhibit in Paris. How did that go?

AH: Oh, that was so cool! He had two artists play, it was Julee Cruise the first night and then us the second night, and it was really neat, they had us on a stage that was a reproduction of a set on Eraserhead. It was a really surreal experience with David in the front row, and he said it was surreal for him to watch us on one of his sets. We really hit if off with him, he’s just constantly telling people about us and that has helped us so much. To have somebody like that believe in you is just so great for an indie band because we don’t have money to buy ads, we don’t have money to embark on a huge radio campaign. We rely on word of mouth, and having a mouth like that is just fantastic.


The Arizona Republic lists 5 "films for geekdom."


The Seattle Post Intelligencer profiles local band Spanish for 100.

The foursome plays a hard-edge version of indie rock with an emphasis on ax licking. Their riffs can be provocative and brutal. Dueling guitarists Starkey and Passons toss lead lines around like live grenades, letting bits of shrapnel fly. Underneath is a sinewy rhythm section that oscillates between holding the whole endeavor together and shaking it violently. That said, the band also knows when and how to be strategically gentle. The most gratifying moments, however, are those that are about to break apart but never do.


The Chicago Tribune examines the resurgence in interest in vinyl records.

"If everybody from your mom to your grandparents has ear buds in their ears, how do you differentiate who's cool?" said Eric Levin, president of the Atlanta-based Alliance of Independent Media Stores. "The girl at the end of the dorm hall spinning records is infinitely cool. It's a huge youth movement. Vinyl is just out of control. It's like somebody pushed the cool button again."


Singer-songwriter Jana Hunter talks to Synthesis.


The Times Online calls for more violins in popular music.


NPR's Day to Day lists "late-summer reads to squeeze in before fall."


TIME offers a "Haruki Murakami reader," summarizing each of his books, as well as a profile of the author.


WXPN's World Cafe features Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with an in-studio performance and interview.


Wikipedia lists entrance music for individual major league pitchers and hitters.


Dweezil Zappa talks to NPR's All Tings Considered about celebrating Frank Zappa Day yesterday in Baltimore.



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