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September 3, 2007


This week's edition of the CD & DVD release lists will be posted tomorrow, due to the US Labor Day holiday and my previous engagement with a grill, a couple of beers, and my backyard.

Author Ann Packer talks to the New York Times.

As she gears up for a 20-city book tour, she acknowledged that like any author she would love to have another commercial success, “not least because that enables me to write another book.”

Clickmusic reviews the St. Vincent album, Marry Me.

Whether this album will be well-received or not in today's current trend of indie-rave hipsters and jaded emo scenesters remains to be seen. It is unquestionable, though, that St. Vincent's 'Marry Me' is indeed a breath of fresh air and perhaps even a modern classic too.

Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark talks to Harp about her dream job in musical comedy.

Now she wants to focus on a musical comedy variety show that she’s editing. “That’s my dream,” she says. At the Sundance Film Festival last January, she got to tell her idol, Stephen Colbert, about it. “He was like, “Hmm…let me guess…,” and he totally looked me up and down. “[Your show] would be about a girl, played by you, who’s saving the world through glamour.”

Drowned in Sound lists worldwide equivalents to the British Mercury Music Prize.

KEXP's Bumbershoot coverage includes live streaming sets from Steve Earle, Andrew Bird, and others.

The Telegraph examines Bob Dylan's lyrics as poetry.

In my mind and the minds of most people who give serious attention to his work as a lyricist, Dylan is a genius. But he's a songwriter, not a poet. It doesn't elevate his work to call it poetry any more than it elevates an apple to call it an orange; nor does it give you a useful way of thinking about it academically.

The Denver Post previews fall's interesting books.

Billboard and Seattlest review day one of Seattle's Bumbershoot music festival.

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff talks to NPR's All Things Considered about the band's new album, The Stage Names.

"The whole idea of this record, sonically, was to give the listener a kind of listening pleasure," Sheff says. "To give them little, fun, ear-candy things that they enjoyed, and little thrilling moments that were interesting to them ... The thing that Brian and I kept saying was the idea of the record being like a gift, that we wanted to be generous to the listener."

T-shirt of the day: "Rock Your Baby Inside"

Speaking of t-shirts, today is the last day of the Threadless back-to-school $10 sale.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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