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May 28, 2008

Shorties

The Baltimore City Paper reviews Michael Bracewell's Roxy Music book, Re-make/Re-model: Becoming Roxy Music.

Despite all these gripes, Re-Make/Re-Model is still an essential read for those seeking a really comprehensive history of the U.K. pop-art movement, for those who only know Roxy from "Love Is the Drug," or for young folks unaware that Ladytron not only nicked its name from an early Roxy classic but also a good deal of its aesthetic.


Minnesota Daily interviews Anthony Gonzalez of M83.


Kelley Deal of the Breeders talks to the Youngstown Vindicator.

“It’s weird because some things never change,” Deal said. “Kim and I will say to my mom and dad, ‘Hey, we’re going to Kim’s house and work on music,’ and they don’t say it but you know. They just kind of roll their eyes like we’re going over there to [expletive] around. Like ‘Get a real job’ kind of thing."

The Cleveland Free Times also profiles the band.


Crawdaddy! finds similarities between the songwriting of Iron & Wine and Paul Simon.


The Globe and Mail profiles Sadie Jones, whose debut novel The Outcast is on the shortlist for the Orange Prize.

One can see why critics are casting about. The Brit literary invasion from White Teeth to Londonstani has created the expectation that a book from a new writer will be set in a maniacally hybridized London where cultures trade darts but mostly dry barbs, and in which the only people eating boiled beef rather than aloo-gobi are xenophobes. In this landscape, The Outcast is like a kid wearing a suit to the playground. The kid looks elegant, sharp and smart, but is that any kind of outfit to make friends in?


The Guardian's books blog examines social networking sites built around books.


The Times-Picayune lists its summer reading suggestions.


StoryCode.com is a book recommendation service.


Baby Got Books interviews author Riva Galchken, author of teh novel Atmospheric Disturbances.


The PDX Pop Now! 2008 Compilation is available for preorder (plus, you can stream samples of the tracks).


Comfort Music recaps this year's Sasquatch Music Festival by reviewing every band it saw.


The Muskogee Phoenix lists several recipes inspired by Keith Gessen's novel, All the Sad Young Literary Men.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rock Candy blog interviews Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band.

RC: What can fans expect from your live show?

EM: Our live stuff is louder and sloppier, but we seem to do pretty well in a live context. We are a pretty accessible band. We do our own thing, but we’re not experimentalists or avant-gardeists. The music is pretty simple and self evident and people can either take it or leave it. We just make sure they take it or leave it on our terms and not someone else’s.


Aimee Mann talks to Billboard about her new album, @#%&! Smilers (out June 3rd).

"I think because the last record was a concept album and had a narrative that went through the whole record, I was in the mood to do something completely different and make every song its own thing," Mann says. "So if it needed horns, great. If the next song was just acoustic guitar and sounds like Neil Young, great." Mann praises the versatility of producer Paul Bryan, who she says "almost physically can't do certain things if they're not really good."


Newsweek reviews Edward Park's new novel, Personal Days.

If these descriptions sound precious, at times they skate close to it, reminiscent of the hyperliterate precociousness that typifies much recent literature and cinema. But Park deftly keeps his characters just this side of hipster cuteness. There are ironic softball leagues and an office full of college grads in Almond Joy T-shirts, but on the whole the writing has more heart and smarts than such atmospheric quirkiness. Park has a sound sense both of his characters' kindness and banality, and as the novel progresses he succeeds in nailing the note of false ennui the young group at first gives off, exposing not just their dull, sad anxieties but the sweet affection they do develop for each other, with sharp and lovely language.


Exclaim interviews Tim Kinsella of Joan of Arc.

With Joan of Arc, you guys have gone from being these scrappy, young art punks to elder statesmen in the experimental indie world. How do you feel about your current situation as a band?

It’s strange. There aren’t a lot of bands that exist for 12 or 13 years. Now it’s definitely more the e.e. cummings idea of process over progress that maintains us. It’s part of that whole rock music existing as the commercial jingles for consumer capitalism of always wanting a new thing. And all Joan of Arc can offer is a new Joan of Arc, but you basically know what you are getting into. So obviously it’s harder to sell a band’s tenth record than its first because it’s not a new thing. But I feel very comfortable with our situation. I don’t have any tension with it.


The Los Angeles Times reviews Devil May Care: The New James Bond Novel, by Sebastian Faulks.

It's all likely enough in an undemanding sort of way, but it compares with the real thing in about the way a sour apple martini compares with the proper cocktail, shaken not stirred.

In other James Bond news:

The Scotsman lists 100 things you didn't know about Ian Fleming.

The Times Online notes the importance of reading teh novels versus watching the films.

The Associated Press talks to Lucy Fleming, part of Ian Fleming's family estate about the choice of Faulks.


Amazon has dropped the price of its Kindle e-book reader $40 to $349.


Cracked lists comic book ads that "taught us to be cynical."


Garage Hangover is a music blog dedicated to 1960's garage bands.


NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by the Raconteurs.


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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