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May 24, 2007


The Handsome Furs talk to

"Because we're the 'Handsome Furs' - and we've got a song called Dumb Animals - we got a ton of attention from PETA and ALF. We even got some death threats... Some of them said we're a front for the fur industry, who apparently took the time to synthesize an indie rock band, infiltrate MySpace and get them signed to a label."

Toronto's NOW imagines the female Broken Social Scene members in a "prefab pop band."

The Santa Fe New Mexican offers campaign song suggestions for US Democratic presidential nominee Bill Richardson.

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler talks to the San Jose Mercury News.

Who the Bloody Hell Are They? is an mp3 blog dedicated to Australian music.

Cracked lists 15 (painfully) unforgettable cartoon theme songs.

Kansas City's Pitch has a class of five year-olds review the Terrible Twos' children's album, If You Ever See an Owl.

"Raise your hand if you liked that song," Mrs. Sederstrom said. Every arm in the room shot up, except for one.

"I didn't like it very much," Aidan said. He has a fine future ahead of him as a critic. "It was kind of, like, not very fun."

Pasadena Weekly interviews Brian Wilson.

In his longest answer of the interview, he ran me through a typical day: “I'll get up in the morning, I'll take a shower, I'll go take a walk, then I'll come back to my instrument and spend two or three hours trying to write a song. I'll play with my kids, I'll watch TV, I'll walk around my house, you know, and I go to bed.”

The Independent examines Dickens World, the British amusement park based on the works of author Charles Dickens.

Electrelane bassist Ros Murray talks to the Portland Mercury about the band's latest album, No Shouts No Calls.

"We did want to make a real album," Murray stresses, explaining the band's investment in producing more than "just a bunch of songs" in this age of singles and shuffled MP3s. "A lot of people download loads and loads of stuff on the internet, but don't actually listen to any of it. That's something that's encouraged by downloading. It seems like the pinnacle of capitalism—even though you don't pay for it—in that it's about having as much stuff as possible that you don't need, and not even listening to it."

Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi has a MySpace page for the book's film adaptation.

Cinematical reviews the film.

Persepolis is a fresh, moving, out-of-the-gate masterpiece -- a work of animation that manages to be artistically brilliant, politically rich, morally engaging and emotionally overwhelming.

Atlanta's Creative Loafing lists 10 local music events to "make a rocking summer roll."

The School Library Journal interviews Al Roker about his summer book club for kids.

Are you flattered that someone recently said, "Al Roker is likely to do for kids reading what Oprah has done for adult reading?"

From her mouth to God's ears, that would be a wonderful thing if we could have that effect. I've had parents come up to me and say my kid is reading this book, they're really excited about it, so we're hoping that in our own small way, we can do the same.

New York magazine's Vulture blog examines "ouvreblogs," music blogs devoted to the output of a single artist.

The Best Week Ever blog lists the 10 most ludicrous moments in the history of the television series, 24.

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