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August 16, 2008


Lykke Li talks to the Wall Street Journal about her debut album, Youth Novels.

PopMatters examines the state of protest music.

Yet for all of that, political music continues to be made, even if it doesn’t cross over to pop radio. Neil Young’s 2006 album, Living With War, was a scathing verbal assault on the Bush administration, while in the same year, Springsteen recorded a tribute to pioneering protest singer Pete Seeger with We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Green Day’s best-selling 2004 American Idiot disc also had social themes. Yoko Ono’s dance remix of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” is now No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart.

T-shirt of the day: "Woodstock"

Cracked lists the most underrated Simpsons characters.

RIP, legendary producer and Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler

The Eugene Register-Guard interviews Douglas Jenkins of the Portland Cello Project.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Glen Campbell about his new covers album, Meet Glen Campbell.

Q: I like the Replacements song you do, "Sadly Beautiful."

A: Oh, yeah. (sings) "Dah-dah-dah, beautiful." That's really got a good melody, good chord progression, good lyrics. What's the old country boy say? "Boy, the lyrics and the words are both good on that song."

Ice Cube talks to the Los Angeles Times about the 20th anniversary of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton.

IGN interviews Reuben Wu of Ladytron.

Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland, talks to the Guardian about living in New York's storied Chelsea Hotel.

"They like the Chelsea," he says, referring to the children, because despite the sensationalised stories, "There's a strong sense of community and it's one of the last fragments of a counter-cultural, unselfconscious place."

Monsters & Critics interviews Woody Allen about his new film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Q: Why did you choose to use a narrator for this film?

WA: I primarily feel I’m a writer who only directs so my stuff is not mangled on the screen. I’m a writer. I always feel the narrative voice. I was a stand up comic who always spoke to the audience. I write and very often in my films I either talk to the audience, have a character talk to the audience, have a narrator. I just feel the presence of the author all the time. I’m literary in that sense. When I thought of the story I thought of it in that way, instinctively. I thought I was writing something. I wrote it and went out and got a narrator to do it, but I never conceived it in any other way. I’m a writer and that’s what I do. I direct because of that reason.

The Telegraph reviews Haruki Murakami's latest book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

At Blender, U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama list their ten favorite songs.

The Guardian profiles author Richard Price.

Since Clockers, the arrival of a Price novel has become a literary event. When Lush Life was published in America , the New York Times fiction critic Michiko Kakutani opened her review by stating that "No one writes better dialogue than Richard Price - not Elmore Leonard, not David Mamet, not even [Sopranos creator] David Chase." The novelist Michael Chabon effused about a "descriptive eye as acute as his moral one - for no American writer has ever written with such consistent power as Price on the subject of shame, of the failure of good intentions, of life as lived in the gap between Intention and Act."

Bloomberg lists the top selling books at U.S. independent bookstores.

Topless Robot lists the most blatant Star Wars rip-offs.

In a blog post for the Guardian, Marillion keyboard player explains his band's revolutionary approach to selling their albums.

We have decided to only sell CDs from our own website and not put them into shops at all. This decision was made to drive more traffic to our website, growing our database, and also because the all-time low for CD prices means that, once everyone in the supply chain has had their cut, there isn't much left for the artist.

At JBooks, Danit Brown lists the three dangers of writing about sex.

see also: Brown's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for her story collection, Ask for a Convertible

Mental Floss explains the musical genius of Miles Davis.

At NPR, author Andrew Porter recommends three books about "liars, cheats, and gamblers."

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