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August 8, 2008


Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste talks to the Washington Blade.

“I considered us super folk-y for the acoustic guitar and the harmonies that came about because our first album was so lo-fi, but that tag of ‘freak folk’ has disappeared in the last couple years. Thank God. Every member of the band has become a really important creative force. We’ve crafted our sound, it’s evolving. The new album will be a hybrid of ‘Friend’ and [breakthrough album] ‘Yellow House.’ It will have a bombastic live feel, but still be layered and lush.”

In Esquire, Chuck Klosterman offers a variety of random opinions.

Fortune profiles the ad-supported music streaming serviec iMeem and MySpace's similar new service.

The Wall Street Journal examines the value of memorizing sports trivia.

But is it healthy for my budding Bob Costas? Will memorizing significant facts in NFL history help him to learn and remember American history? University of Oregon neurobiologist Nathan Tublitz says that we don't know for sure, but he believes that Will's passion is "a good thing and is to be encouraged." While Dr. Tublitz sees no direct proof that memorizing baseball stats helps in memorizing more consequential things, he can see a plausible connection. "The more mental gymnastics you do, the more agile and the quicker your brain becomes."

The Telegraph lists the 12 top titles that booksellers must always stock (books that have appeared in the top 5,000 selling books every week for the last decade).

Guardian readers recommend songs about eyes and sight.

Author Chuck Palanhiuk talks to This Is Nottingham about book tours.

Authors on Tour is a podcast of recordings from Colorado's Tattered Cover Book Store.

The New York Times examines the copyright issues surrounding the music of Girl Talk.

“I want to take these things you know and flip them, which is something I’ve always enjoyed in hip-hop,” Mr. Gillis said. “This project has always been about embracing pop.”

But this embrace may be an illicit one, according to music industry executives. In legal terms a musician who uses parts of other compositions creates what copyright law calls a derivative work, so the permission of the original song’s writer or current copyright holder is needed. Artists who sample a recording also need permission from the owner, in most cases the record label. Hip-hop artists who don’t get that permission have been sued, often successfully.

Library Thing is making its collection of digitized book covers available to bloggers and everyone else.

Drowned in Sound interviews Joe Williams of White Williams.

Do you see yourself as a pop performer or more of a bedroom musician who likes to experiment? Basically, are you more of a Bryan Ferry or a Brian Eno?

I’d say I’m probably more of a bedroom musician, in terms of the fact that I had more experience in that. Performing…there’s so much to consider that I never had, from not going through the process of performing in a long time, I haven’t had the education that experience brings. There’s so much to think about, “Is this necessary? Are drums really necessary? How can a sound be represented? How can you take a studio project and translate it to live?” So it’s been really trial and error. I mean I enjoy collaborating with people. And I don’t see what I like about music between those two people. I like Roxy Music and things like that. I don’t feel like I need to declare it as one thing or another. My experience of recording at home has had much more trial and error than what I’ve done live.

Brian Eno talks to the Times Online about collaborating with David Byrne on the new album, Everything that Happens Will Happen Today.

Why does Eno think he works so well with Byrne? “It’s basically because we’re old arts students. We have a slightly different interest in music than nonarts students do. We’re interested in the gestural and art historical position that these things occupy. We’re always listening to other things to see if we can stick them together to make something new.”

The Washington Post profiles the founder of SonicBids.

The Frederickburg Free Lance-Star interviews Conor Oberst.

it!: Right. And one of the changes in your past two albums has been an increased reference to I guess what you could call apocalyptic themes. In a track off the new album, for instance, you reference having fallen asleep during “the dusk of man.” What do you think is in store for the next couple hundred years of the human race?

CO: Well, you caught me on a good day. I'm feeling optimistic and I think the one thing about people is that they can evolve and adapt and change more readily than any other creature on the planet, and hopefully we'll have the intelligence and the self-awareness to realize the damage we're doing and the potential danger we're in. So, I think the human race has got to change but it's maybe a 50-50 chance at this point. But it's not a reason to despair, it's just all about decisions you make every day trying to be a good person and spread the love around.

The Newburyport Current profiles Steve Earle.

Guardian readers recommend please and thank-you songs.

Drowned in Sound interviews Erin Elders of Maps & Atlases.

Talking of fellow math-rockers, I believe you recently toured with Foals across there in the States. How did that go?

EE: We did a bunch of West Coast shows with them a couple of weeks ago and I think we’re going to be doing some more together in the UK soon. The shows here were amazing - they’re a band we really respect. We’d heard the record though we didn’t know much about them, but from the first shows we hit it off with them straight away. They were the sweetest, most kind-hearted people and it was the first time we’d toured with a band we had a great connection with. It seemed like we were playing from the same page and I feel like our two bands really compliment each other.

The Wall Street Journal compares four onine book-swapping sites (including my personal favorite, PaperBackSwap).

The 2008 Lollapalooza music downloads page has been updated with video downloads of the Raconteurs, Stephen Malkmus, Bloc Party, Gogol Bordello, and the Kills sets.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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