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February 4, 2008


The HUB lists the top ten Monday songs.

Singer-songwriter Laura Marling talks to the Guardian about her songwriting influences.

Marling started writing her own songs in her early teens. The turning point, she says, came when she heard I See a Darkness, the brooding 1999 album by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the bleak, folk-influenced American singer-songwriter: "It was like a shock to the system." What did she love about it? "Its intensity. It was almost as if I shouldn't have been listening to it, as if I was invading his emotions."

In the New Yorker, John Updike reviews Flann O'Brien's The Complete Novels.

Author Jeffrey Eugenides talks to the Palm Beach Desert Sun.

Eugenides resists being compared to the Baldaccis and Scottolines of the world. Not that he means to demean their work, but he writes in a different genre, he says.

"I'm a literary novelist. I can't rely on previous knowledge or characters. The very structure of the sentences in my books are different and more complex."

The Sydney Morning Herald examines Australia's vinyl revival.

Popmatters examines the 21st century love songs of Nick Cave.

Cave’s love songs of the 21st century have made physically recording the passage of time important, again. His one human lifetime moves forward in a line that also stretches back through all human eras. Ancient wisdom laced with fresh insights. He turned off his computer in 2005. In the ‘90s he’d written his lyrics exclusively on computer, altered and deleted passages at whim, sometimes while in the grip of a transitory mood. “The whole journey to the final creation is lost and in many ways it is this stuff that is the heart and soul of the song,” he said. is taking a new approach to blogging.

So I'm going to try an experiment this year: publish something original on, every weekday. Not my opinions about news (opinions are cheap) and not just glorified linkblogging, but something new: original research, investigative journalism, information visualization, digitizing dead media, live reporting, or interviews. I'll also be releasing new applications, interactive web toys, and social software throughout the year, because as much as I love journalism, I love coding just as much.

Pitchfork reviews the new Greatest Hits album by Morrissey.

If nothing else it's an opportunity to check the state of his art. His basic approach no longer varies much: A comfortable modern rock sound, muscular but curiously unshowy, light on instrumental hooks. The number of great Morrissey songs that are great for a reason other than Morrissey is small, and you get the feeling that's how he likes it. The music he uses these days is designed to give him maximum space-- lots of room for his still-stirring vibrato, his meandering melody lines, and the recurring themes which define his career and his public personality.

Southern Shelter offers mp3s of Vic Chesnutt's Saturday night Athens performance.

In the Washington Post, author Michael Chabon lists his reasons for supporting Senator Barack Obama for the US Democratic presidential nomination.

To support Obama, we must permit ourselves to feel hope, to acknowledge the possibility that we can aspire as a nation to be more than merely secure or predominant. We must allow ourselves to believe in Obama, not blindly or unquestioningly as we might believe in some demagogue or figurehead but as we believe in the comfort we take in our families, in the pleasure of good company, in the blessings of peace and liberty, in any thing that requires us to put our trust in the best part of ourselves and others. That kind of belief is a revolutionary act. It holds the power, in time, to overturn and repair all the damage that our fear has driven us to inflict on ourselves and the world.

Author and radio personality Garrison Keillor has also endorsed Obama, according to the Associated Press.

"I've been entertained and inspired by Garrison Keillor's work through the years," Obama said in a statement. "As president, I will wake up every day thinking about how I can help make life better in places like Lake Wobegon all across the country."

Bob Mould shares some favorite songs with Harp.

“Kiss Me on the Bus”
The Replacements, Tim (Sire, 1985)

I think their first out-of-town shows were opening for Hüsker Dü. I’ve got a feeling I was probably on that same bus many times. [Laughs] Paul [Westerberg] is a great songwriter. He doesn’t get out and work as much as he used to, [with] family now. And then Tommy Stinson ends up in Guns N’ Roses.

Author Cory Doctorow discusses the need for copyright reform in the Guardian.

We need to stop shoe-horning cultural use into the little carve-outs in copyright, such as fair dealing and fair use. Instead we need to establish a new copyright regime that reflects the age-old normative consensus about what's fair and what isn't at the small-scale, hand-to-hand end of copying, display, performance and adaptation.

atease share is a blog devoted to Radiohead demos, raritoes and b-sides.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
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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