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{September 27, 2010}   NPR album streams

NPR’s streaming albums from The Corin Tucker Band (former member of the defunked band Sleater-Kinney) and Sufjan Steven’s new album ‘The Age of Adz


{September 27, 2010}   Book Review: Stretch

Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
by Neal Pollack

With the novel’s back cover touting the book “mercilessly lampoons the bizarre, omnipresent culture of yoga…” I steeled myself; ready for the onslaught of cyncism, snark and skepticism about my precious yoga, which I love, but the book’s back cover goes on to say that it’s “also a story of a profound personal transformation” and watching this transformation is what I really enjoyed about the book. Stretch is well researched, providing a wealth of information on the current yoga culture, various yoga styles and teachers, both the veritable and also the should-not-under-any-circumstance-be-able-to-teach-yoga-kind , and the mythology and history of yoga, which sounds boring and didactic, but I found it informative and useful. Pollack, questing for his “better self,” takes you on a funny journey deeper and deeper into the yoga world, shows you that, yes, it is bizarre and omnipresent, but he, as I did,  falls immediately in love with yoga at it’s best: when it’s pure and simple, and so the criticism he gives is with insight and passion and ultimately Stretch made me want to immediately get on my yoga mat.

You can read the first chapter here

Watch Neal’s yoga videos:

{September 23, 2010}   Release Day Picks…late of course

Books and Books caught my attention this week. Must be because I’m almost done with what I’m reading and so looking for the next.

Some highlights:

  • The Wave by Susan Casey about surfing and studying big waves

{September 23, 2010}   Recap of the week

I have been obnoxiously lazy about posting this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been paying attention. So I thought to have a nice little recap of things that crossed paths with me this week:

  • In case you still buy physical albums (like me) Rolling Stone lists the US’s Best Record Stores

{September 9, 2010}   Fashion Week UPDATED

For whatever reason I’m really into fashion week this year. It started today and if you’re into it as I am, here’s a New York Times site that has and will have pictures of all the collections.

UPDATE: Other great sites to enjoy fashion week photos:

More to come

Just a sampling of the many books, Dvds and music out this week. More should be added as the week goes on…


  • Spin reviews the new Interpol album and 7 more that are out this week. You can hear most of them here
  • In honor of “Super Tuesday” Sept. 14, NPR has streams of many albums coming out next week, including Of Montreal and Robert Plant
  • Listen to a live song from the Dirty Projectors, who are reissuing last year’s Bitte Orca. Out Sept. 28


  • Tool’s Maynard James Keenan’s doc on his other passion: wine. Blood into Wine is out on DVD this week


Graphic Novels

{September 7, 2010}   50 Essential Manga

I’ve always wanted to get into Manga, but had no idea how to dive in. So this list of 50 Essential Manga Books might help me start my manga library.

{September 7, 2010}   Bjork’s single for UNICEF

You can buy the new single The Comet Song from the movie Moomins and the Comet Chase on Itunes. All proceeds go to UNICEF

{September 7, 2010}   Weezer New Album Streaming UPDATED

Weezer’s new album ‘Hurley’ is streaming on their myspace page

Update: Apparently Weezer is getting into the clothing business with a “Hurley” clothing line.

{September 6, 2010}   Happy Labor Day!

In honor of the national day of rest, here’s author John Grisham on how he became a writer and began to work.

From the New York Times

et cetera