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September 25, 2007

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Matt Berninger of the National talks to USC's Daily Trojan about the band's latest album, Boxer.

"There are a lot of songs acknowledging political things, but it's not a political album at all," he said. "Also, I've gotten a lot of morbid, morose and none of us thought of it that way - I can see that opinion, and I see where it's coming from with respect to all the darker corners, but I think the record has as much humor and levity as melodrama."


The Baltimore Sun collects book signing stories by several authors, including Ayelet Waldman.

"My very first book was published on the same day that one of the Harry Potter books was published," she said. "I sat at a table at Waldenbooks telling people, 'Right down the hall and turn left.' I didn't sell a single book, but I gave many, many people directions" to the stacks of new J.K. Rowling books.


BBC News examines musicians producing songs specifically to sound better on portable mp3 players.


KEXP features an in-studio performance today from Oakley Hall at 3 pm pacific.


Beirut guitarist and mandolin player Jason Poransk talks to the McGill Tribune.

"It is kind of a mystery," said Beirut guitarist and mandolin player Jason Poranski of the band's rapid success. "It was right off the bat, from our first shows. There were enough people that had either heard Zach's songs online, or had bought the record as soon as it came out and those first shows had way more people attending than you'd ever have imagined."


LAist interviews Clap Your Hands Say Yeah bassist Tyler Sargent.


The New Yorker features an audio excerpt from On the Road: The Original Scroll.


Cracked lists the 10 most disastrous Saturday morning cartoon adaptations.


The Boston Globe interviews Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

What do you say to people who think you've sold out by dealing with Starbucks?

There's no difference between working with Starbucks and working with record labels like Universal and Geffen. It's a knee-jerk reaction from PC watchdogs. I mean, really, which long-distance company do you use for your cellphone? Are you on the grid? If you're off the grid, I'll listen to you.


Legendary author Philip Roth talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his latest novel, Exit Ghost.



also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival downloads
this week's CD releases

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