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May 26, 2008


The Register offers a short history of the music industry's digital flops.

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Janet Frame, "A Night at the Opera."

Haruki Murakami talks to the Mainichi Daily News about translating American novels into Japanese.

Murakami says the four works he translated share a common trait of having "urban settings." "The Great Gatsby," "The Catcher in the Rye" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" are all set in New York, while "The Long Goodbye" is based in Los Angeles.

"It's turned out that my translations have mostly focused on works in a style like urban novels," Murakami says.

Jeremy Hanson of Tapes 'n Tapes talks to the Birmingham Post about the "blog effect."

"Anyone can start a blog, but it is just about how many people agree with you. A music blog is [by] someone that listens to music and writes about it, and some of these people have more friends than others. These friends are made because they have the same taste or trust this person's taste. We got lucky and some people agreed with our music, wrote about it and they had some friends that liked it too."

The Houston Chronicle offers its summer reading suggestions.

Shearwater has redesigned its message board.

Eskimo Friends is a fan site for Damien Rice, and includes mp3s of interviews and live songs by the singer-songwriter .

NPR's All Things Considered profiles one of my favorite poets, Theodore Roethke, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. (I highly recommend his Collected Poems)

I'm Losing My Edge lists its top "under the radar" albums of all time.

With most of the performers for the 2008 edition of Athens Popfest announced this week, Cable and Tweed is sharing several recordings from last year's festival.

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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