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August 27, 2007

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In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones profiles singer-songwriter Manu Chao.


The Houston Chronicle examines current artists' adaptations of classic album covers.


MIT's The Tech interviews Stephen Patterson of White Rabbits.

TT: — so are there any other influences I might be surprised to hear you love?

SP: Lyrically, me and Greg look to Randy Newman. We’re big fans of The Pogues. we also listen to a lot of calypso records which I think comes across on a few tracks. Personally, I’m a big Steve Naive fan — he was the pianist for The Attractions. We also like the Everly Brothers, and we look to them for harmonies. I don’t think any of those are really too shocking, though.


The San Jose Mercury News collects firsthand accounts of San Francisco's 1967 "summer of love."


The September 3rd issue of the New Yorker contains essays about the "family dinner" from Gary Shteyngart, David Sedaris, and others.


Pitchfork interviews Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys.

Pitchfork: Is psychedelia-- is that a big part of the Super Furry Animals experience, that whole 60s acid experience?

Gruff Rhys: Well, it was when we were starting out. I think our songs are pretty conventional songs in a very structured kind of way, and so when we play live we do try and create a euphoric and hedonistic experience. But it doesn't always translate to every song.

Tiny Mix Tapes reviews the band's new album, Hey Venus.

So have you heard the news? Hey Venus! is a great Super Furry Animals album, maybe the best they’ve warbled out since their 1999 opus Guerilla. It’s a grand effort for not only a bunch of occasionally-costumed Welshmen, but for any band. It shines brightly against hate, discrimination, embarrassment, and depression and ushers overhead a battalion of fluffy, smiling rain clouds, poised to release their loads and wash away the sins of the world.


The Wall Street Journal celebrates the CD's 25th anniversary.


Popmatters interviews singer-songwriter Tori Amos.


Washington University in St. Louis's Student Life recaps the summer in music.


The Los Angeles Times profiles "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge," an online serial comic.

"A.D." tells the tale of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history through the experiences of six people: Denise, a poet and sixth-generation New Orleanian; Hamid, an Iranian-born father of two who owns an uptown market; Kevin, a high school student and the son of a pastor; a young couple, Leo, who works with developmentally disabled youngsters, and Michelle, a gymnastics instructor; and Dr. Brobson Lutz, a man about town and former health department official.


Australia's the Age examines the "legal minefield of copyright" both at home and abroad.


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel interviews singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.


The Fort Worth Star-Telegram lists interesting fall books.


Wikipedia lists online music databases.


Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance by the Avett Brothers.

Bob Crawford of the band talks to the Aspen Times.


Former NFL defensive end and mystery author Tim Green talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his children's novel, Football Genius.



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2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases

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