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July 27, 2008


The Los Angeles Times and Newark Star-Ledger review Haruki Murakami's latest book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

The Sacramento Bee profiles indie publisher Roan Press, who have a Joanna Newsom book coming out next year.

They plan to turn out one or two books a year, with an emphasis on poetry, memoirs, essays and fiction. Their next project, due out in 2009, is a book about Joanna Newsom, the world-traveling Nevada City singer-songwriter and Celtic harpist.

Gawker lists the best X-Files episodes.

Booktrust Translated Fiction is a website dedicated to the genre.

The Times Online reviews last weekend's Latitude Festival.

Yes, it’s a bit of a smug-fest — I heard one of the more cynical souls present saying: “Joanna Newsom just reeks of Radio 4” — but it’s a musically rich smug-fest, and the organic burgers with rocket, not to mention the risotto stall, are to die for. And the fairy-lit midnight woodland rave, with hundreds of people cutting loose to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, was life-changing — or, at least, seemed so at the time.

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Tad Kubler share their current musical favorites with the New York Times.

The New York Press explains the unfair treatment of the Black Kids.

Black Kids are the perfect example of a terrible trend in the music world. They were built up too fast. Just like Vampire Weekend, Black Kids saw a rapid rise in popularity and then began to see a backlash before they ever even released a full length album.

T-shirt of the day: "iShirt"

Lifehacker interviews Brian Ibbott, who runs the podcast Coverville.

Lifehacker: You've said on the show that you were considering doing (Coverville) full-time, or at least looking into it. If that's true, how are you weighing that decision? What would make or break turning your hobby into self-employment?

Brian Ibbott: It's already pretty close. The sponsorships account for about 40% of my annual income, which is really good, compared to doing this solely as a hobby four years ago. I've actually been thinking about for quite a while ... doing a paid version of the show, that would be primarily for people who don't have the time to listen to three episodes a week. There are a lot of people who send me an email saying, "Just listened to show #435. Loved it!" I look over, and I'm on show #485. It's obvious there are some people that are pretty far behind. What this show would be would be a weekly one-hour, one hour and 20 minutes show that would cull together the songs that have the most positive feedback from the previous week ... it would be a whole new show, and I'd throw in a few extra songs to reward those who already heard the past week ... It'd be probably something along the lines of $4 or $5 a month. There'd be no ads, and I'd still fit in the trivia segments, but for the most part, it'd kind of be the best of of the previous week.

Greeting card of the day: "I Prefer It on Vinyl"

NPR's All Things Considered profiles the person on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind album.

"My friend is all like, 'Hey I saw you today.' And I'm like, 'Dude, I was working all day.' And he's like, 'No, I went to Geffen Records, and you're on the floor and you're floating and I stepped on your face. 'Cause I guess they have like a floating thing where people can like walk on me and stuff ... so it's kinda cool," he says.

Phoning It In has put all their archives (over 300 shows) online to stream or download. Available shows include phone performances by the Mountain Goats, Laura Veirs, Charles Bissel of the Wrens and many more.

NPR is streaming last night's Spiritualized concert.

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