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October 19, 2007


Digital Spy reports that former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has been appointed a professor of music at the University of Salford.

The Street lists ten legal ways to find cheap music.

Bloomberg interviews Oliver Sacks about his new book, Musicophelia.

Hilferty: What is musicophilia?

Sacks: The word means ``love of music,'' and I think that 99.999 percent of human beings have it. We're a musical species. Music is central in every culture and we're very attached to music.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to the music of Neil Young.

The Idaho Statesman interviews singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

Do you ever worry that your lyric writing teeters on the absurdly literary or history-based?

I think there's a danger of coming off sounding too clever. But at the same time, I'm not trying to sneak in words because I think they're big. I sneak them in because I like the sound of them. Like, I like the word "halcyon." I think that's a really cool word.

The A.V. Club interviews Torquil Campbell of Stars.

The Emory Wheel lists some of its favorite music blogs.

At Slate, Carl Wilson weighs in on indie rock and race.

Singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes shares her musical tastes with the Scotsman.

At the moment my favourite driving music is Sigur Rós - I love those huge crescendos and I like to rock out a bit when I'm driving... which probably isn't such a good thing, particularly now that they're talking about making listening to loud music illegal when you drive. I don't know how they're going to police that, mind you, but I guess if you're obviously rocking out in your car then they might pull you over.

The New York Times points out newly released books.

Stylus lists the top ten songs with raps in the middle.

Conde Nast Traveler lists the 86 greatest travel books.

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about his solo career's progress.

"I'm happy with the way things are moving along," he said. "It's something I don't think should happen too quickly, though. I think the progress of a new project should move at a pace relative to its success."

Cracked lists the ten most asinine movie twist endings.

My Old Kentucky Blog features a couple of live, in-studio tracks from LoveLikeFire.

This week, New York magazine's The Comics Page blog is excerpting from Jeff Smith's Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil.

Today's live KEXP streams from CMJ (all times pacific):

Wild Sweet Orange (LIVE in NYC) Friday October 19, 7:00am
The Maccabees (LIVE in NYC) Friday October 19, 9:00am
Band of Horses (LIVE in NYC) Friday October 19, 11:00am
Foals (LIVE in NYC) Friday October 19, 1:00pm

The Villager interviews comics artist Adrian Tomine about his new graphic novel, Shortcomings.

How do you write from the point of view of characters nothing like yourself (you’re especially good with lesbians)?

Well, thanks for the compliment, but I think it’s a mistake to assume that things like a character’s gender or sexual predilection would make them “nothing like yourself.” I find it pretty easy to get inside the minds of characters who might not be exactly like me in every way. In fact, some of those differences between me and the character in question actually help to organize my thoughts, and often allow me to channel specific sides of my personality into the story.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

WXPN's World Cafe profiles singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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