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July 2, 2009

Shorties (John Vanderslice, Frank Black, and more)

American Songwriter profiles singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

Frank Black talks to See.

“Yeah — I think those Catholics records have some integrity to them. Now people might say, ‘Oh yeah, those Frank Black and the Catholics albums were great,’ but at the time they were ignored by the press and even fans. ‘What are you up to? This is stupid.’

“But that’s the way it goes when you play ‘alternative rock’” — the phrase sounds utterly ironic when he utters it — “You make your records and then years later everyone loves them. ‘Teenager of the Year [his second solo album] is a classic!’ Well, at the time everyone was like, ‘Well, it’s kinda long, isn’t it?’”

The Houston Chronicle interviews Andrew Kenny of Wooden Birds and American Analog Set.

Paste interviews singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton.

Macworld celebrates the 25th anniversary of William Gibson's Neuromancer novel with a look back at the technology featured in the book.

Amazon MP3 has put another 50 albums on sale for $5 apiece this month, including:

Ben Kweller: Changing Horses
Ben Lee: The Rebirth of Venus
Black Gold: Rush
Bob Mould: Life and Times
Coldplay: Parachutes
Crocodiles: Summer of Hate
Daft Punk: Human After All
David Bowie: Diamond Dogs (30th Anniversary Edition)
Gomez: A New Tide
Grand Duchy: Petits Fours
Interpol: Our Love to Admire
Jason isbell: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Matt & Kim: Grand
Meat Puppets: Sewn Together
Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey: Here and Now
The Verve: Forth

The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News preview this week's Rothbury music festival, which starts today.

Wired lists the best online sites for virtual jam sessions.

The Red and Black profiles music blogger (and University of Georgia graduate) Justin Gage, the man behind An Aquarium Drunkard.

Paste lists ten songs about print journalism.

Newsweek creates a meta-list of the top 100 books of all time.

Nialler9 lists 2009's best and overlooked albums (so far).

Drowned in Sound interviews Sad frontman James Graham.

NPR's Morning Edition attempts Twitter album reviews (in 140 characters or less).

Seattle Weekly lists the best Seattle albums of 2009 (so far).

The New York Times interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy about the band's new album, Wilco (The Album).

The Village Voice's Sound of the City interviews Jay Reatard.

Over the course of your career, you've loved to release singles and 45's and basically release music in that form. Is it hard for you to think about putting a bunch of songs together for a full-length record?

It's not hard for me to think about it. To me, it's not one of the most interesting ways for me to release music. It's not instantaneous enough. I wrote all these songs...albums work in such a way that I wrote these songs so long ago, by the time they're out, I'm bored. I'm bored with the idea of them.

Francine Prose talks to NPR's All Things Considered about her new novel, Touch.

Pretty Much Amazing! lists the "absolutely best" songs of 2009 (so far).

NPR is streaming a mix for the 4th of July.

Kotaku lists a video game-centric summer reading list.

White Rabbits visit The Current studio for a live interview and performance.

Designer Chip Kidd lists his favorite book covers at Newsweek.

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