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August 19, 2008


The 33 1/3 blog is holding a My Bloody Valentine trivia contest and giving away two passes to New York's All Tomorrow's Parties.

The Boston Globe reviews Glen Campbell's covers album, Meet Glen Campbell.

What appear to be strange song choices on paper are risks that pay off. His version of U2's "All I Want Is You" reveals a soulful voice that is not always apparent on country-influenced songs. Green Day's prom theme, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," has the potential to arrive as a tall glass of schmaltz, especially when served by a septuagenarian. Campbell keeps it sprightly and detached, and in the process makes the song something entirely new. Despite the treacly lyrics, his interpretation is forward-looking and surprisingly fresh.

Slate lists the oddest travel guides ever published.

The Seattle Times profiles Jaguar Love singer Johnny Whitney.

"I'm really inspired by surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp — taking what they did in terms of imagery and integrating that into writing," he said. "In writing lyrics, I find the more serious you take yourself, the harder it is to finish what you're doing. I take what I do seriously but I've never been the kind of person that's had success in drawing from my own experience. Whenever I have, it's infused with bizarre imagery."

The Times Online lists the 25 best boarding school books.

PopMatters interviews the members of Los Campesios!

Keep track of next year's appointments in the Murakami Diary 2009.

Hecklerspray lists the dullest movies of all time.

Create your own streaming radio station at

Salon reviews the Fiery Furnaces live album, Remember (out today).

Even if you're a fan this can all seem like too much. But too much is what the Fiery Furnaces do best. Because their music is compelling, its fractures become part of the draw; the holes in the narratives invite filling in. The Friedbergers appeal to people as obsessive as themselves: Trekkies, Whovians, comics geeks, people who enjoy stepping into made-up worlds, who like their meanings at least partly buried, who pride themselves on knowing the codes, but don't mind not getting everything, because it gives them more work to do.

Cognitive Daily examines the science linking music and memory.

Mashable profiles the new online music streaming site, Grooveshark Lite.

Yahoo's Fourth Place Medal blog finds out what's on swimmer Michael Phelps' iPod.

Other artists that populate Phelps' iPod include: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Eminem and Outkast. (What, no 'Pac?) Occasionally, he'll throw some techno into the mix, but usually keeps things rap-centric. Phelps doesn't speak much about the specific songs he's listening to, but he did tell NBC in 2004 that Eminem's "'Til I Collapse" was on his most-played list at Athens. In 2005, he created a playlist for the website Rhapsody that included the songs "Roses" by Outkast, "Burn" by Usher, "Overnight Celebrity" by Twista and "Smile" by G-Unit.

Paste lists the best songs in commercials during the Olympics.

ReadWriteWeb considers what the perfect streaming music service would look like.

Stream the new Brian Eno & David Byrne album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.

The Los Angeles Times examines the viral marketing of the album.

Minnesota Public Radio interviews New York Times columnist David Carr about his new book, The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Most Harrowing Story of His Life, His Own.

NPR is streaming a recent Josh Ritter performance.

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