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July 18, 2008

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The Seattle Times reviews Jonathan Evison's debut novel, All About Lulu (a book I have been exuberantly recommending after finishing it last week).

With a desperate/exuberant élan, the book kicks around ideas about obsessive love, bewildering sibling relations and the world of professional bodybuilding ("paining and gaining"). Also under consideration in its pages: the soul-saving possibilities of the American entrepreneurial spirit and the mutability of human character.


Popmatters recaps this year's Gastonbury music festival.


Comics Should Be Good is counting down the top 50 comics issues.


Mogwai's Stuart Brathwaite reminisces about the band's album, Young Team, with Drowned in Sound.

Pushed on memories of that time, he reminisces: “I remember about when Young Team went out we were supporting Pavement in America and we were having a lot of fun. It was a good time. When you’re young and good things happen you just go along with it, and it was amazing. And now I look back and I think, ‘That was awesome’. We were young, just 20, 21. We were making pretty good music, going great places and meeting good people and it was great. We were lucky to experience that so young..”


SF Signal has authors list the most controversial science fiction and fantasy novels of the past and present.


I See Dead People['s Books] is a Library Thing group that shares lists of the books owned by famous people.


WXPN's World Cafe is streaming a live performance by Robyn Hitchcock at noon eastern today.


RadioheadTournament is pitting Radiohead songs head-to-head for a popular vote once the brackets are created.


Crave lists the top 5 online music stores.


Hold Steady frontman talks about the band's influences to the Sun.

He agrees that Springsteen and The Clash loom large in The Hold Steady sound. (Check out Constructive Summer’s homage to St. Joe Strummer.)

But he adds: “I would say those two but also The Replacements and Hüsker Dü, which are Minneapolis bands I grew up watching. The Replacements were infused with great energy but also looked backwards to classic rock.


The Independent profiles Conor Oberst.

Fêted by the likes of Michael Stipe, Lou Reed and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Oberst is a rather enigmatic individual who last year performed with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The singer from Omaha, Nebraska, has been described as a "lightning rod for his generation", and a "boy wonder" of indie songwriting, but it's a quiet charisma he exudes when you meet him in person.


The New York Times explains how Senator Patrick Leahy lined up a cameo in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight.

Mr. Leahy had a nonspeaking cameo in the 1997 film “Batman and Robin,” did a voice-over for the part of a governor in a Batman cartoon, and wrote the prefaces for a “Batman” anthology and a Batman comic book about the danger of land mines. Once he was spotted doing wheelies on his grandson’s toy Batmobile down the long marble hall outside his Senate office.


Unshelved features a comic where the characters discuss a different book each week.


The New Anonymous is a new literary journal that "not only publishes all work anonymously but also blindly screens and edits its submissions, i.e., the submission, editorial, and publishing process is anonymous from beginning to end."


WHYY"s Fresh Air interviews Rhett Miller of the Old 97s.


Gothamist interviews Quasi and Jicks drummer Janet Weiss.

Do you miss doing the kind of percussion you used to do with Sleater-Kinney?

Sometimes. I do miss being in a complete sweat when I’m done playing. But I loved playing in that band so much it would be unusual not to miss it. I miss those fans; I miss that sort of amped-up energy level. But I play a lot of stuff that I love in the Jicks that I didn’t get to play in Sleater-Kinney, and there’s no one band that encompasses all of your abilities. That’s why I always like to be in a few bands. I’m not very monogamous in the band world.


Today's episode of Sound Opinions features an interview with the reunited Feelies.


IGN makes a Rock Band 2 wish list of Rush songs.


Entertainment Weekly interviews comics legend Alan Moore.

Do you think that any good can come of comics movies?

I increasingly fear that nothing good can come of almost any adaptation, and obviously that's sweeping. There are a couple of adaptations that are perhaps as good or better than the original work. But the vast majority of them are pointless.


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