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September 15, 2009

Shorties (Margaret Cho, Sunny Day Real Estate, and more)

The Knoxville Metro Pulse interviews Margaret Cho about her forthcoming music album, Guitarded.

Metro Pulse: So your current tour is all about your upcoming album, Guitarded. The only track I’ve been able to find is the lovely banjo-accompanied “Eat Sh*t and Die.” Also, you worked with some really amazing musicians, like Amanda Palmer, Tegan & Sara, and A.C. Newman. Are you hoping for this to be your entry into the world of indie music or just another dimension of your comedy?

Margaret Cho: Well, it’s just part of the tour. I’m working on all sorts of new material, too, so there’s a lot of variety. I’m trying to find in music the exact thing I do in comedy. It’s just a new way of telling jokes, using song structure mixed with joke structures and making something new and exciting. It’s just another dimension of my comedy, but I have the good fortune to be friends with some extraordinary people who are helping me tremendously.

PopMatters profiles Sunny Day Real Estate, as the band releases remastered editions of Diary and LP2 today and plans a reunion tour.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Kid Cudi's new 15-track album Man on the Moon: The End of the Day for $3.99
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson's 10-track Break Up for $2.99

To celebrate the publication of his latest novel, The Lost Symbol, Slate has created a Dan Brown plot generator.

The Guardian is streaming Richard Hawley's new album, Truelove's Gutter (out September 22nd) in its entirety.

The First Post offers alternative books to read instead of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.

At Slate, Steve Almond calls Glenn Beck "the future of literary fiction" in a brilliant essay.

The A.V. Club interviews Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo.

FACT lists the 20 best albums from the third quarter of 2009.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Philadelphia will read Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis for its One City, One Book project.

The September issue of The Collagist is online, and includes an excerpt from Stephen Elliott's memoir The Adderall Diaries.

Dinner Party Download interviews singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

Prefix interviews Son Volt's Jay Farrar.

At the Huffington Post, Ivy Pochada opines about her book release today, the same day as Dan Brown's mega-seller The Lost Symbol.

With an astounding first edition print run of 6.5 million, the largest in Random House's history, Mr. Brown is going to bring customers out in droves. (I will not mention here by how many powers of ten his print run dwarfs mine.) But in case a bookstore sells out of The Lost Symbol, or a customer wants varied fictional fare, my novel will be beckoning. I'll happily ride Mr. Brown's coattails as long as I can.

GQ UK interviews Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear.

North by Northwestern lists the summer's best albums.

Freaky Trigger lists the top 200 (or so) songs of the 2000s.

Getting married? Be a rock 'n roll bride.

Jon Krakauer talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his new book, Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.

Matador Records' Matablog is streaming Times New Viking’ Born Again Revisited and Girls' Album albums in their entirety.

The Rawking Refuses to Stop! is counting down the top 100 albums of the 2000s.

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