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September 1, 2007

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The Washington Post reviews Brock Clarke's novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England.

This straight-faced, postmodern comedy scorches all things literary, from those moldy author museums to the excruciating question-and-answer sessions that follow public readings. There are no survivors here: women's book clubs, literary critics, Harry Potter fans, bookstores, English professors, memoir writers, librarians, Jane Smiley, even the author himself -- they're all singed under Clarke's crisp wit.

see also: Clarke's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the novel


The Globe and Mail previews fall's book releases.


Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene talks to the Edmonton Sun about his solo album.

"I'm not really singing on it and for me that pushes me more to put it on the record," he says. "But then you hear that Stars album is coming out, it's going to get confusing and people always want to throw curves to confuse you. But I just loved it too much and these are my friends at the end of the day. It's not Tears Are Not Enough, but it's close."


The New York Times examines the growing importance of blogs in book publicity.

When Frank Portman, the frontman for the band the Mr. T Experience, published “King Dork” in 2006, he teamed up with Andrew Krucoff, a popular blogger, who created a video “trailer” about the book’s main character, an alienated boy who dreams up imaginary bands, and asked Mr. Portman questions for a Q. and A. These files were posted on Web sites like Gawker, Largehearted Boy and BrooklynVegan, along with a recording of Mr. Portman reading from the book and performing songs he had written for it. The goal, Mr. Portman said, was to generate “links and Google-ability.”

see also: the Largehearted Boy Frank Portman post referenced in the article


The List Universe lists ten influential albums hat bombed.


The Startup Game profiles Anywhere.fm, an online music service that allows you to upload your music and listen to it (or your friends' music collections) from anywhere.

Anywhere.fm is serving a particular niche to build its brand - the music listener at the office. While Rekhi and co-founder Anson Tsai, 24 were at Microsoft and Luxiou Chen, 24, at Amazon, they came across the familiar problem of many folks working at big corporations who aren't allowed to upload mp3s onto their office machines. Like most of us in the corporate world, they learned that a lot of fun things (ie. your music collection) that you have on your home machine aren't allowed to be uploaded to your office machine. You can stream your iPod or Nano at work, but then you can't share it with your co-workers. The friend radio also lets you search for users most compatibile to your tastes. The site pays the radio fees for each play and lets you stream playlists as a radio station.


The Illuminoids offer some interesting music mashups, including "Must Be the Cocaine Man" (!!! (chk chk chk) "Must Be The Moon" vs. The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting for the Man"(Backstage Slutz remix) vs. Eric Clapton "Cocaine").


WXPN's Live Fridays featured a performance by Uncle Earl.


In Harp, comedian Aziz Ansari interviews M.I.A.


Drowned in Sound recaps August's new music releases.


Frames frontman Glen Hansard talks to the Times about the success brought to his career by the film, Once.

Life, eh? One minute you’re down on your luck, banging out tunes to half-filled venues in one-horse towns, the next thing you’re fielding calls from Steven Spielberg and Al Gore, getting solicitous texts from Salma Hayek, and turning down juicy roles in blockbuster movies. This is the story of 37-year-old Glen Hansard, lead singer since 1990 with the Dublin-based rock group the Frames, and songwriter star of the foot-tapping, heart-warming Sundance Festival smash Once. “This is the sort of success that I’ve been waiting for – and dreaming of – for years,” says Hansard. “But then somehow it just happened overnight, thanks to this movie.”


The Guardian's music blog profiles Echo and the Bunnymen, calling the band the "bridesmaids of rock."


Aquarium Drunkard's Off the Record series features Akron/Family drummer, Dana Janssen's favorite places in New York city.



also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases

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