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August 17, 2008


This list at features over 3,000 free and legal mp3 music downloads (available to US only).

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

The clean, easily accessible style with inclinations toward profundity that marks Murakami's novels is evident here - as is the interest in American pop culture that has earned him a devoted audience of Western readers and a teaching job at Harvard, conveniently located near the banks of the runner-friendly Charles River and the 26.2-mile course of the Boston Marathon.

Cracked lists the 5 strangest fanfiction love matches.

The Asheville Citizen-Times profiles Scott Pilgrim cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley and his wife, fellow artist Hope Larson.

The Observer notes U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's appeal to young voters.

Barack Obama talks about things that other generations consider verboten: his past drug use, his struggle to accept and understand his racial identity. He's optimistic. He fist-bumps with his really cool wife. And, of course, he's really handsome. 'He's like a perfect storm candidate for the youth vote,' is how Acker puts it. (And just to return for a second to hip hop: it doesn't hurt that Jay-Z spent much of this spring's 'Heart of the City' tour endorsing Obama. He'd project a huge photograph of the senator's grinning mug up on stage and shout: 'Are we ready for a change?' The crowd would go wild.)

The Independent ponders if album art can survive the iPod age.

Paste lists the 8 best free music applications for the iPhone.

The Arizona Republic lists ten essential Tom Petty albums.

The Atlas of Fiction uses GoogleMaps to pinpoint real-life locations in literary works.

George Pelecanos talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his latest book, The Turnaround.

Pelecanos, who also wrote for the HBO series "The Wire" and "The Pacific," says he develops characters and is much less concerned with the plot.

"The idea is that the whole book should be good," he says. "You shouldn't have the idea that you're trying to work out a puzzle or a monumental twist. What you need to be is invested in the characters from the beginning to the end in their journey."

Lullabyes shares mp3s of White Hinterland's performance at our 2008 SXSW Hot Freaks day party

see also: my list of music downloads from SXSW 2008

The Washington Post examines the royalty battle between internet radio streamers and music publishers.

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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