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May 27, 2008


The National Post's classical music critic explains why he will always be a heavy metal fan.

Pitchfork interviews Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

Pitchfork: You strike me as a visual person, and some of your songs seem cinematic, so that brings me to: What are your thoughts about licensing?

JV: I was talking to someone in L.A. about soundtracks and scoring. I love touring, I love making records, but eventually all I want...I want to score. I want people to ask me to score their film or use my songs in cinematic ways. I think the ultimate media is a story that you can watch and feel and have a musical moment to. I think it's my favorite. I love watching something when music is creating motion within the motion.

Licensing is how indie rock people make a living these days, so whatever about that. But I want good films and good placement for the songs because I want to be exclusive. I don't want to just sign it away because I don't want songs to lose meaning, but I'm also...I don't care [that] Wilco sold songs to Volkswagen. That's great. They probably drive Volkswagens.

BBC News examines the literary tradition of authors continuing a literary franchise, the most recent notable example being Sebastian Faulks picking up the James Bond series with Devil May Care.

Popmatters profiles Columbus band Times New Viking.

The Riverfront Times offers a track-by-track review of the new Hold Steady album, Stay Positive.

Home Run Derby lists examples of comic book superheroes playing baseball,

The Denton Record Chronicle profiles one of my favorite bookstores, the city's Recycled Books Records CDs.

Lou Barlow of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. talks to the Jerusalem Post about the current batch of band reunions.

The Guardian discusses the 21 young writers who have appeared at the Hay Festival that are tipped for greatness (according to the festival organizers).

So who is on this list, the so-called Hay 21? The first thing to say is that it is very much a class of 2007-8, chosen from among recently published books pitched to the festival organisers, and in that sense if nothing else, random and self-limiting. But within those confines Florence and his assistants have made a distinct attempt to range far and wide - from Australia to America; China to Germany (though one of the German offerings is, in fact, by a refugee from Bosnia); Pakistan to Argentina to Colombia. There is a whiff of establishment - two of the authors work at the BBC and Nick Harkaway is the son of John le Carré - but not much; Zhu Wen was a foundry worker, and Catherine O'Flynn was a postal worker and shop assistant. There are first-time novelists, but some, such as Argentinian Alan Pauls, are on their fifth. There is, for understandable reasons, a Welsh bias: Simon Lewis is Welsh, Nikita Lalwani grew up in and sets her novel in Cardiff; Joe Dunthorne is from Swansea. The one young adult novel is by Jenny Valentine, who recently moved to Hay to run Hay Wholefoods and will be serving food as well as performing, while Owen Sheers' Resistance is vividly set among the hills you can see from the festival tents - complete with "rain billowing like undone curtains across the valley".

Muxfind is a search tool for Muxtapes (online user-uploaded mixtapes).

The New York Review of Books examines the role of libraries in an increasingly digital society.

At NPR's All Things Considered, Sloane Crosley lists three summer reads "for the high-minded."

see also: Crosley's Largehearted Boy Book Notes contribution for her essay collection, I Was Told There'd Be Cake

Salon has posted its summer reading suggestions.

This week Five Chapters is serializing new short fiction by Lara Vapnyar, whose second story collection Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love comes out next month.

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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