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July 14, 2008

Shorties

USA Today examines the surge in value of rock and roll memorabilia.


WindyCitizen offers online tips to get ready for the summer Pitchfork ad Lollapalooza music festivals.


The Irish Evening Herald profiles the online book swapping group, BookCrossing and its users.


Five Chapters serializes a new story by Paul LaFarge this week.


The Asbury Park Press interviews Ron Sexsmith.

"I know that people don't listen to albums the same way but I still do," he said. "It's kind of sad to see some of the label people you meet. They're all excited about ring tones or whatever. Music's not meant to be heard on a cell phone or an iPod commercial."


GuitarCardio offers guitar playing exercises.


The Riverfront Times interviews the songwriters behind the 3-CD box set, Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies.


The Detroit Free Press features a poem by Jack White about the Motor City.


Empire lists the 50 greatest comic book characters.


Books iRead is another social network built around books.


Paper lists America's most rockin' roch 'n' roll destinations.


Online Fandom lists the 10 best practices of online music promotion.


Slate profiles the Hold Steady.

The Hold Steady identify as an indie band primarily because they're on Vagrant Records (and before that, the Brooklyn label Frenchkiss). But what they play is closer to '70s AOR -- souped-up and punk-inclusive, but still defined by Tad Kubler's splashy, muscular guitar leads and Franz Nicolay's oft-romantic keyboards; bassist Galen Polivka and drummer Bobby Drake form a tough, nimble rhythm section. Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band is the Hold Steady's most obvious and direct predecessor (and Bruce loves 'em back), but others, like Cheap Trick and Boston, are also in clear sonic evidence. And if the Hold Steady evoke the great mid-American summer road trip, Finn's voice and lyrics expose its dark underbelly.

In New York magazine, author Joshua Ferris profiles the band.

Yet like the best storytellers, Finn makes the experience accessible. He draws his characters vividly and sympathetically, so that even if you can’t locate yourself in the song, you always understand the emotion involved, the struggle and the pathos. It only takes compassion to extrapolate a kinship with some very bedraggled characters. His songs never fail to resonate despite their lovely idiosyncrasy, and his scope is remarkable for how rooted his stories are in the particular.


Southern Shelter features mp3s of We Versus the Shark's recent AthFest performance.


Metro New York interviews Santogold.

From your days working in A&R to your time writing and producing for Res to your experiences in your band Stiffed, you’ve seen a lot of change in the music industry overall. How is your current exper­ience as Santogold different from your other experiences working in the industry?

Working on this project incorporates everything I’ve learned from all my different experiences in the music industry. I’m really grateful for the path that brought me to where I am now. It’s definitely more hard work than I imagined, but I feel prepared and am really excited about it all.


The Independent has Jamie Lidell, Jonathan Lethem and others create mixtapes.

The Independent also examines the growing allure of mixtapes in the digital age.


Pitchfork lists its favorite Sub Pop albums.


also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 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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