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June 2, 2008


At his Chicago Tribune blog, Greg Kot lists the city's top 10 summer concerts.

Jack White of the Raconteurs and White Stripes talks to the Boston Herald.

“I’m so tired of all the fears in the industry,” White said last week from a Washington, D.C., tour stop. “The fears of first-week sales or of free, leaked music, or music stores closing, or of the whole music industry collapsing. The White Stripes have been dealing with all these fears ever since we came above ground in 2002. I just wish whatever everyone’s so afraid of would happen already.”

The Boston Globe examines increasing sales of music on vinyl.

Mike Dreese, cofounder and chief executive of the New England music store chain Newbury Comics, says his company's vinyl sales, which had been increasing at an annual rate of about 20 percent over the past five years, are 80 percent higher than they were at this time last year.

"Right now, we're selling about $100,000 a month worth of vinyl," Dreese says.

Oregon Public Broadcasting features a streaming in-studio performance by Georgie James.

Okkervil River has announced fall tourdates.

Salon offers its summer reading suggestions.

The Guardian's books blog previews this year's three upcoming Dylan Thomas films.

In the June 9th issue of the New Yorker, George Saunders, Tobia Wolff, Uwem Akpan and others share essays about "faith and doubt."

Wired's Listening Post blog interviews Greg Bertens of Film School.

LP: Film School's mash of reverb, distortion and deep bass is atmospheric. But you feel it isn't cinematic?

GB: I've noticed our band name sometimes throws people off. I can see why people link cinematic music with us, but there's really no film, or film school, influence. The name came about as a joke on the ideas of what a kid in the suburbs might do for a creative career: Go to art school, go to film school, start a band, and so on. Turns out, however, that it's kind of confusing, and very difficult to Google as opposed to someone like Bad Brains.

Popmatters interviews Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.

Pitchfork interviews Yoni Wolf of Why?.

Pitchfork: How do the details of your songs-- the lot behind Whole Foods, the Silver Jews show, the embroidered kitchen towels-- generally come together? How do you know when you've found a lyric?

Yoni Wolf: Things come together over time and flesh themselves out through all different sorts of processes, I guess. Things just sort of strike me, and they stick in my head. I find something to be profound, even if it is a very miniscule thing. Sometimes, something will strike me as a thing I need to remember because of a certain nuance or subtlety. And eventually maybe there's a series of those things that will come together in one song, or maybe there's one feeling that I have that I can expound upon for a couple of paragraphs. Each song has a different genesis, I guess.

Bonnaroo has set its schedule for the 2008 music festival.

Entertainment Weekly lists the 100 greatest summer songs.

WOXY has posted its "Modern Rock 500" fnal song list.

Bookforum examines the history of the political novel.

Political novels work best when they show how history really affects the fate of individuals, and when their characters have the density, the contradictory fullness, of real people, instead of coming through as cardboard cutouts or historical ciphers. The writer can grasp this best perhaps twenty years or so after the fact, not when too much time has passed or when the events are still too raw. Don DeLillo’s reconstruction of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination in Libra (1988) is one example. Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale was published in 1907 but set in the 1880s, when the threat of anarchist terrorism in London was at its peak. Philip Roth’s look back at late-’60s terrorism, American Pastoral, did not come out until 1997 (though Roth had begun it twenty years earlier), as the author shifted from his usual concern with individual lives to a wider view of American history since the war, especially his own formative years.

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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