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September 5, 2007

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Midlake's Tim Smith talks to the Washington Post's Express.

"I probably shouldn't talk bad about us in an interview, but, yeah, I'm not satisfied," Smith said. "I don't look at us like we arrange our songs in the greatest way. I hear so many other bands, mostly bands like Jethro Tull or Yes that I've gotten into recently — prog-rock stuff — that just blows my mind; there's no way I could do that. I don't think we're even in the same arena with those kind of guys."


Dissident Voice remembers CBGB and Village Vanguard founder Hilly Kristal.


The Observer has 50 writers name their favorite "brilliant but underrated" novels.


The September issue of Bookslut is online, and as usual is filled with literary wonderfulness. Interviews include Brock Clarke, Junot Diaz, and much more.

see also: Brock Clarke's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for his novel, An Arsonist's Guide to the Writers' Homes of New England


My Old Kentucky Blog interviews Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.


Dave's Long Box lists less than compelling comic book covers.


Aquarium Drunkard has singer-songwriter J. Tillman share his favorite places in Seattle.


IGN interviews Miles Seaton of Akron/Family.

Seaton also talks to the Detroit Metro Times.


The New York Times examines Great Britain's recent embrace of the graphic novel.

For Paul Gravett, the author of “Great British Comics” and one of the country’s foremost promoter of graphic novels, one of the primary reasons is simply the creation of the “graphic novel” category. “The word comics is laden with so many negative connotations, while the words ‘graphic novel’ give it a certain cachet,” he said.


The Baltimore City Paper reviews Abby Mott's excellent solo album, Hearts a Flutter.

Yes, it's still your basic girl-powered indie pop, but such finely made confections remain incorrigibly sweet no matter how fattening they may be. Mott props up her sassy, sensual voice with a galloping bass and drums in "Aphrodite" before belting out a full-throated chorus and coming in with a whistled bridge. (Yes, all things cutesy and girlie are total weak spots here.) She gets a little Neko Case breathless on the slightly honky-tonk "Cowboy Boots," which she eventually accents with a jaunty electric-piano line.


Chicago's Metromix interviews Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.

What surprised you most about playing at Live Earth 2007?

Madonna coming into our dressing room because she's a super-huge fan. Our tour manager is this guy from Scotland that doesn't know much about popular culture and popular music. So when she came in, he alerted security and security dragged her out. They had her head in a headlock, and they were putting her out of the dressing room. It was really surreal, and everyone stopped speaking. And the only thing we could hear is Madonna cursing and saying she's gonna kill these guys.


Drowned in Sound interviews The Go! Team's Ian Parton.

Do you feel much empathy with other bands on the scene at the minute, or do you feel you’re very much ploughing own furrow?

Well, without mouthing us too much I do think we’re doing our own thing in lots of ways, but I think a band like CSS I’m attracted to. I just like the cheekiness, really. They’ve got the moves, I like that broken English rapping style… I’m a bit of a sucker for that.


The Times and Los Angeles Times report that the Klaxons were surprise winners of Britain's Mercury music prize.


NPR's All Things Considered is taking votes for lyrics to its until-now instrumental theme song.


Stylus interviews Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants.


WXPN's World Cafe features singer-songwriter Joe Ely with an interview and in-studio performance.


Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato.



also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases

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