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September 8, 2007

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Billboard examines Rhino's deluxe Joy Division reissues.

"In England, Joy Division has always been in the pantheon of independent, influential music, but in America it has always been more underground," says Rhino senior vice president Robin Hurley, who has been closely involved in the campaign. "This project will help nudge it slightly more into mainstream public awareness, and they will sell more than they have ever sold before."


Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright lists five of his favorite albums for the Wall Street Journal.


The Vancouver Sun reviews author Douglas Coupland's touring art exhibit.

In a way, Fifty Books I Have Read More Than Once is a kind of self-portrait created out of book covers. What's surprising is that the blocks are all painted in muted whites, beiges, yellows and browns rather than vibrant colours that might suggest new insights, fresh ideas and daring points of view. As well, the scientific metaphor of the exploded bargraph describes a rational interaction of ideas and influences rather than a more creative and anarchic mix.


My Old Kentucky Blog features three in-studio tracks from the Dodos.


The Houston Chronicle interviews author Michael Chabon.

Q: You've written novels featuring characters not usually seen in so-called literary fiction — comic-book creators, police detectives, swashbuckling adventurers. Are you on a mission to expand the range of what's considered acceptable in literary fiction?

A: Sometimes I feel that way. But most of the time I'm just writing the kind of books I like to read.

I'm doing it as well as I can and not worrying about whether what I'm doing is literary or not.

I trust it will be because I'm bringing to bear all the resources I have for using language and creating characters and telling stories.

I do feel there is a lot of regrettable bias against genre fiction — science fiction, mysteries, romance fiction. There's an instant, automatic prejudice that is, at the very least, stupid.


Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart talks to the Los Angeles Times.


Bradley's Almanac features a live mp3 download of a recent Cambridge performance by singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon.


FanCovers features amateurs recording videos of themselves performing cover songs.


RIP, author Madeleine L'engle.


The Globe and Mail previews autumn's best new graphic novels.


Stereogum points out the Norah Jones live cover of the Arcade Fire's "Ocean of Noise."


KEXP features several live streams this afternoon, from Damien Jurado (noon pacific), Pseudosix (2 pacific), and Deerhunter (4 pacific).


Metric bassist Josh Winstead talks to the Queen's University Journal.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune reviews Brock Clarke's novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.

In his pursuit of the arsonist(s), Sam discovers that his childhood family life was a fiction, too. So do we have a meta-novel here, a fiction that contemplates its own metaphoric navel? Yes, but the antic goings-on and over-the-top characters are so entertaining that the self-conscious theme isn't annoying.

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


Singer-songwriter Joe Henry talks to the Telegraph about his sister-in-law (who happens to be Madonna) covering one of his songs.

"People think what I do is idiosyncratic, so that was a really great vindication. The song has a very odd lyric but I was at a show once when she did a breakdown and it was just her and 20,000 people singing it, and I thought, 'Am I allowed to rest my case at this point?' What I do is not so limited to my interpretation of it."


The Providence Journal previews autumn's new books.


NPR's Open Mic calls the new Rotary Downs album, Chained to the Chariot, "a stunning collection of psychedelic art pop songs that plays like a brilliant mashup of Neutral Milk Hotel and Odelay-era Beck."


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


Author Ian Rankin shares his current projects with the Belfast Telegraph.

"I'm doing a graphic novel – a stand-alone based on the DC comics character Hellblazer – and (wait for it) an opera libretto!"


Drowned in Sound interviews Avey Tare and Panda Bear from Animal Collective.



also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases

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