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May 20, 2008


The Edmonton Journal profiles Ladytron.

Den of Geek interviews actress Ally Sheedy (also a bestselling author).

Firstly, can I ask about the book you wrote when you were very young: how does a 12-year old girl end up with a national best seller?

I have always written. My mother was a writer and I would read my stories to her. Her friend, writer and editor Joyce Johnson, was over when I read what would become the first two chapters of She Was Nice To Mice. It was Joyce's idea to bring it to McGraw Hill. And then she worked with me editing the book.

The Village Voice's Sound of the City blog interviews Exene Cervenka of X.

So you don't feel like people see you as a symbol?

I think, as a woman and as a punk-rock woman, I think I am a symbol of something to them. I don't know if I am to all people that like our band, you know what I mean? Like, I think a role model for young women or whatever you want to call it, I definitely see that. Which is great. I'm real happy about that.

Impose Magazine features drawings by David Berman of the Silver Jews.

Entertainment Weekly lists the 20 best movies for kids.

Peter Bjorn and John's Peter Moren puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

The A.V. Club: How do you feel about Kraftwerk?

PM: I love Kraftwerk, totally. I guess they're pretty melodic. Great melodies and all of those vintage synths work well with voices that are very monotone. They are very long songs, like the Trans-Europe Express album—I think it's great. It puts me in a pretty good mood. I kind of like this song. I've listened to it before, but I don't know anything about it.

Born Magazine features collaborative works between artists and authors.

Jimmy Corrigan vinyl figure (based on the protagonist of one of my favorite graphic novels)

The Las Vegas Review-Journal lists the books it considers "required reading."

Colorado's Monolith Festival has announced 22 more acts for the September music festival.

Alejandro Escovedo talks to about his new album, Real Animal.

"I finally got to make a rock'n'roll record; I don't feel I've done that as a solo artist," Escovedo, who's been putting out albums on his own since 1992 -- save for the 1997 rock side trip in Buick Mackane -- tells "I've always claimed that I was borne of rock'n'roll and that I was essentially a rocker, but I think that I've never really just made a rock album."

WXPN's World Cafe profiles singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Chuck Palahniuk's new novel, Snuff.

In "Snuff," Palahniuk fixes his jaundiced gaze on the porn industry, which has become such a regular facet of our celebrity-obsessed culture that stars like Jenna Jameson have had little trouble leaping from the back aisle of the video store to prime time on E!, while "stolen" homemade sex tapes of Hollywood B-listers are enough to base an entire career on.

The Los Angeles Times profiles author James Frey.

Frey may be the only one of the recent literary-hoaxers to get an afterlife. Jayson Blair appears to be finished. Ditto Stephen Glass, who was a pretty good writer. Margaret Jones, the privileged suburban girl who pretended to be a South Central gang courier, will likely never be published again. J.T. LeRoy turned out not to have even existed.

Voting is open for PETA's world's sexiest vegetarian. (My ballot was for Alison Mosshart of The Kills) and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats).

Geeks of Doom lists 10 books to read before seeing the movie.

Suggest some literary fiction (preferably written by women and ethnicities and nationalities other than white American) in this AsMetafilter thread.

SciFiUnited offers mp3 clips of science fiction show theme songs.

New York magazine's Apropos of Nothing blog lists bands that should fire their drummer.

Ringo Starr's All-Star Band
Wouldn't Hamish Stuart, Gary Wright, Billy Squier, and Edgar Winter sound great together if they weren't playing a bunch of crappy songs that Ringo wrote?

Yahoo Games lists great films turned into bad video games.

Drowned in Sound interviews Black Mountain keyboardist Jeffrey Schmidt.

Have you noticed, generally, that you’re attracting more people to your shows since the release of, and acclaim for, In The Future?

There’s definitely a larger audience at shows now. We played Manchester on a Monday night and the place was full, which was good. In Brussels we played this festival in the city, and we did ATP, and those shows are hard to judge. But I have a feeling that… well, the pre-sales for the shows we’ve had to cancel were pretty good. Glasgow would have been a sold-out show, at Stereo. So I think the turnout will be pretty good for most of Europe; it’s been good in the past but I think it’ll be even better now with the new record being out.

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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