May 7, 2008
Parade magazine is polling its readers about the importance of federal funding for public broadcasting.
Epitaph Records has started a blog.
Popmatters examines the art of video game writing.
Lucie Ceccaldi, mother of author Michel Houellebecq, talks to the Guardian about her memoir, The Innocent One.
But now Ceccaldi has emerged from her beach-hut on the French Indian ocean island of La Réunion and today publishes her own memoir answering back. She calls her son an "evil, stupid little bastard" adding that "this individual, who alas came from my womb, is a liar, an imposter, a parasite and above all - above all - a petit arriviste ready to do absolutely anything for money and fame."
"Bertie Wooster Takes a Stand" is a slash fiction cartoon inspired by the work of P.G. Wodehouse.
The Morning News lists a field guide to hipsters.
Devendra Banhart, "I Remember"
Rollie Pemberton: This is from his new album, but I don't actually recognize this song at all. I don't know if you do this when you have a new album, but you know how you'll really attach yourself to certain songs, and it'll take you forever to listen to the whole album? I was really into that song "Carmensita." I'd play it whenever I DJed—it was a real banger. That and "The Other Woman" are both totally awesome songs. But I have no idea what this one is. I feel like this is going to happen a lot. I have a lot of stuff on my iPod, and a lot of it, I've never heard even once.
The A.V. Club: I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone DJ Devendra Banhart at a club.
RP: That song's hot as hell, though. It's a special case, because it's like a Latin party banger.
Newcity Chicago lists the city's "music 45," artists who "rock Chicago's music world."
Denver quartet DeVotchKa, which takes its name from Burgess’ Nasdat term, meaning "young girl," began its career as a backing band at burlesque shows (they even toured with Dita von Teese), and after a performance at the 2006 Bonnaroo festival were seemingly plucked from nowhere by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to write the score for their hit yellow-van road flick, "Little Miss Sunshine." The band’s blend of folk music and Eastern European gypsy punk (violins, accordions, organ galore) brings a worldly taste the material—singer Nick Urata’s expressive, smoothly affecting voice spreads across the songs like butter to bread. For "Little Miss Sunshine," it was mostly instrumental—pretty enough, modestly moving, but for "A Mad & Faithful Telling" (ANTI-), DeVotchKa’s new full-length, the elements are in full force and the swirling soundscape could drive you a bit bezoomny.
The National Post's Ampersand blog lists the best musician bloggers.
Minnesota Public Radio interviews Keith Gessen, author of All the Sad Young Literary Men.
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