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August 21, 2008


Ear Farm lists its favorite music sites from A to Z.

Matthew Sweet talks to the North County Times.

"A lot of kids have gotten into me because my song 'Girlfriend' (from his celebrated 1991 record of the same name) is on 'Guitar Hero II.' I've been trying to see if I can get a lawsuit against them 'cause they never asked to use the song. I was over at a friend's house and I saw a kid playing the game and I heard my song. I watched him play that game to my song. People were telling me that it didn't sound like me on that game. I said, 'Wait, that's me,' and they said, 'No, it's not,' and I was like, 'Yes! It is.'"

Time Out Chicago interviews Joanna Newsom.

The Mental Floss Blog lists original recordings that blow the remakes away.

PopMatters interviews Ani DiFranco.

“The indie world has almost evaporated ... It’s kind of like our whole community is dying around us,” said DiFranco. “Record-buying isn’t what it used to be.”

The Bumbershoot music and arts festival offers a blog with mp3 downloads from participating artists.

The Guardian profiles Lyric Culture, a company putting song lyrics on clothing.

"My goal is to save the music business," owner Hanna Rochelle Schmieder told the Associated Press, full of humility. "This is about generating new revenue streams for musicians. The record companies take a piece of the tour and the merchandise, but they can't take a piece of this."

The Daily Green offers ten tips to recycle old books.

My favorite ways to add space to my bookshelves: offer to friends and visitors to our house, give to charity, sell at

The Observer and Random House have combined to offer the Graphic Short Story Prize to one lucky cartoonist who will receive 1,000 pounds and publication in the Observer.

The List interviews author Irvine Welsh.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?

I used to say Ron Butlin, but I think that’s changing now. I think Doug Johnstone will soon be very famous. If I have to move outside Edinburgh I would say Joe Meno, a great Chicago writer.

The New York Sun profiles singer-songwriter Jennifer O'Connor.

Everything about Ms. O'Connor feels down-to-earth and direct, from the way she laughs at her own responses to questions, to the unfussy songs on her new album, "Here With Me," which was released Tuesday by Matador Records. The album, her fourth, delivers the sort of emotionally naked lyrics and plainspoken arrangements that have steadily earned her fans since she made her debut in 2000 with a self-released EP, "Truth Love Work."

Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood shares his favorite albums with the Anderson Independent Mail.

Former Hilary Clinton staffer and current Fox News correspondent Howard Wolfson has a new blog, Gotham Acme.

Seinfeld Scripts offers scripts from every show i the sitcom's run.

The ABA Journal lists the 25 greatest legal movies.

NPR lists hip hop songs to drive to.

IGN lists the hottest Swedish rockers.

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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