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April 9, 2008


Kimya Dawson talks to the Cleveland Free Times about the success of the Juno soundtrack.

"I've never really cared about that kind of stuff," she says simply. "How well an album is doing is not my priority. I make music and I play music and the other stuff is just silly numbers."

Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino talks to Billboard.

The new album, its first for Capitol Records, has sold 194,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; Interpol's two prior sets, released on the indie Matador label, have each sold at least 477,000 units.

Fogarino said the switch to the big leagues "rattled the foundations a little bit. Never to the extreme, but things finally felt realistic. The first two albums were kind of a blur. We could never believe what was going on. Now our feet are touching the ground."

Velocity Weekly interviews Kathleen Edwards.

The strength of this record is the storytelling -- the number of songs on which you're clearly reaching beyond your own experience to write about loss and love.

I tried to be a little more fearless with the decisions I made this time. I started looking into stories about other people's lives that are in a sense ordinary but to them are extraordinary.

Author Haruki Murakami talks to Australia's ABC about his work in progress.

Is the very long novel he is writing now also being written in the third person? He did not directly reply to that question, but gave one important hint about his new novel.

"It is about 'horror.' I have a hunch to produce a good novel. I think it will be an important work of mine."

Now 59, Murakami said: "Like [Feodor Mikhailovich] Dostoevsky who wrote The Possessed and The Brothers Karamazov and became productive as he got older, I'd like to do the same thing."

The National Post asks Canadian record store employees if Feist is still indie.

5. Rotate This, Toronto: "Feist isn't indie, no! Absolutely not, stereogum* called her the iPod lady with the counting song. It wasn't my decision to make a kazillion, gazillion dollars. I love her her backing band, though: they're indie as hell," Kevin Hegge, Rotate This, Toronto

*Stereogum is an indie music blog. And yeah, we hadn't heard of it either.

Enter your username into Muxtape Recommendations, and find Muxtapes with artists on your playlist.

The Washington Post's Express reviews Tim Sievert's debut graphic novel, That Salty Air.

Sievert's artwork is cartoony and concise with bold, think blacks and stark whites. Much like Hugh's intensive love, then hatred, for the sea, with nothing in between, the artwork contains no grays. You can see influences from Craig Thompson ("Blankets," Good-Bye Chunky Rice"), though Sievert clearly has a distinct style. His storytelling skills are provide an easy vehicle for the story, but the finest achievements come from Sievert's depiction of the sea. Like a paperback aquarium, the artist captures the fluidity of the waves, the uniqueness of the sea creatures and the utter desolation that the ocean can create. And Sievert draws the most beautiful wave since Hokusai.

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux's poetry blog, The Best Words in the Best Order.

AfterElton lists ten straight songs about gay men.

SF Weekly profiles Tift Merritt.

Indeed, when listening to Merritt's third album, Another Country, its simplicity is striking. In the past, she sounded like she was conforming toward the stereotypical alt-country songwriters, unsure whether to take the Gillian Welch approach to traditionalism or the Shelby Lynne style of Southern rock. With Another Country, Merritt has ditched the twanginess of her debut Bramble Rose and follow-up Tambourine's slick production. But don't think lo-fi. Instead, think earnest and sincere, with a warmth that's hard to rival. It sounds like Merritt has grown up, and in doing so, has pulled the plug on trying too hard. Here, piano ballads complement soft drums; other songs display a laidback, folksy flair, centered on her light, rhythmic guitar strums.

Author Jhumpa Lahiri talks to NPR's All Things Considered. An excerpt from her new book, Unaccustomed Earth, is also presented.

"I never felt that I had any claim to any place in the world," says Lahiri. But, "in my writing, I've found my home, really, in a very basic sense — in a way that I never had one growing up."

The National Review of Medicine interviews Oliver Sacks about his book, Musicophelia.

Why do we have music? I think music, starting with rhythmic music, is an essential sort of instrument for social bonding. People sing and dance together, work and play together. And one doesn't see any other animal except human beings who get synchronized by beat, who dance to external or internal music. I think music, rhythm as a form of mimesis, must have appeared early in human evolution.

GalleyCat lists "unboring" book blogs.

At Slate, Steve Almond examines the genesis of Kurt Vonnegut's seminal novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

Although the young private overstated the number killed during the bombings -- current estimates run between 25,000 and 40,00 -- his correspondence, reproduced in its original form, is the most fascinating document in Vonnegut's new posthumous collection, "Armageddon in Retrospect." The letter -- both its candor and its smart-alecky tone -- helps us understand how a Midwestern ne'er-do-well became the foremost literary pacifist of the 20th century.

The National Post profiles cartoonist Jeffrey Brown.

Besides graphic novels, he keeps busy with a variety of side projects. He directed the video for Death Cab for Cutie's song Your Heart Is an Empty Room and co-wrote a screenplay called Save the Date, which is in the pre-production stage. It will be directed by Joe Swanberg, and Kevin Barnes from the band Of Montreal will score the film and co-star.

Drowned in Sound wonder if the Glastonbury festival is past its prime.

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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