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August 12, 2008


Three Athens, Georgia musicians have started, which offers inexpensive Obama t-shirts and donates 25% of the gross proceeds to the Illinois senator's presidential campaign.

see also: the Largehearted Boy series "Why Obama"

This week Five Chapters features a serialized new short story by Jincy Willett.

The National Post interviews Dan Storper, founder of Putamayo World Music.

Q: How do you find music for Putumayo’s compilations?

A: For the first five years, I was still designing clothing. So I’d find myself in France, looking for clothing, and in places like France where African and Lebanese and Arabic (influences) are part of the scene, I would spend extra time, just looking for music. After a while, I couldn’t keep up with it. There’s so much music out there – I went to WOMAD, and festivals here, there and everywhere. I just couldn’t keep up with it. It’s gone from me all by myself to me and 3 other people traveling, doing internet searches, and gathering a database of over 10,000 songs that we like.

In the Guardian, author Jessica Duchen lists the top ten literary Gypsies.

New York magazine's Vulture blog lists six reasons Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed a Girl’ is not the song of the summer.

The Guardian chooses its favorite streaming internet radio stations.

T-shirt of the day: "AV"

The Guardian's Abbatozappa blog lists the ten most memorable uniforms in rock.

eMusic lists the best albums of 2008, so far.

The New Yorker features a new short story, "The Dinner Party," by Joshua Ferris.

CNET's Download blog offers the top 5 music discovery tips for the "unhip, unmotivated."

Daytrotter features four in-studio tracks by Ingrid Michaelson.

The A.V. Club lists 29 great instrumentals by bands that usually sing.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features We Are Scientists with an in-studio performance and interview.

Audiotuts lists 50+ great lyric writing resources.

Drowned in Sound offers a track-by-track early review of TV on the Radio's third album, Dear Science.

Marc and Angel Hack Life lists 30 books everyone should read before their 30th birthday.

Drowned in Sound interviews War on Drugs lead singer Adam Granduciel.

Still, would you say that you’re more of a fan of ‘proper’, well-written songs, above anything else?

Yeah, I love artists like classic songwriters, you know, and classic songs but also try and meld that with like, you know, experimentation with ambient and noise and stuff that I’ve been doing for just as long as I’ve been writing songs.

NPR's All Songs Considered is soliciting its readers' favorite driving songs.

The Futurist features a couple of in-studio mp3 tracks from the Young Republic's recent WOXY Lounge Act session.

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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