A collection of news & reviews from the past week:

Dave Graney: Keep On Chooglin’ at Mess & Noise
After Powderfinger’s announcement last week that they’ll soon be no more, Dave Graney examines the age-old question: is it better to burn out than fade away?

Design your own Penguin Classics book covers at Douglas Copeland’s Speaking to the Past website
You can’t go back the classic design of a Penguin paperback, with their distinctive shade of orange. This website has templates for you to design your own, as well as other information about Penguin’s 75th anniversary.

Mom, this is how Twitter works
Twitter explained, in the form of an infographic.

Making Dr Martens at Dapper Kid
They’re one of the most iconic shoe brands to have ever existed. The punks loved them, the skinheads loved them, now the London “it crowd” love them [see: Daisy & Peaches]. They’re also the most comfortable shoes in the world, and I swear by them. [Seriously, I own 8 different pairs]. And they just turned 50 – so, to celebrate, a selected few style bloggers were granted entry into the exclusive Dr Martens factory to see how these amazing boots are made.

How much do music artists earn online?
The moral of the story: go indie.

Clem Bastow at The Drum: Who’s Next?
Or, why the Doctor should not, and will not, be a woman. There’s a bit of an interesting debate going on in the comments of this piece, but I am in full accordance with Clem. The Doctor is male. He has been so since the show began in 1963, and this is not going to change.

NME: Blur’s “Fool’s Day” – the first review
Blur have released their first single in seven years, for Record Store Day, and NME’s Matt Wilkinson lined up at London’s Rough Trade East to get a listen.

If you haven’t heard already: THE TOTE IS REOPENING! [via undercover.com.au]
And apparently nothing will change except the carpet.  And possibly the name…

This year’s Splendour in the Grass lineup is something pretty spectacular
[See my initial reaction post here]
From The Strokes to the Scissor Sisters, there’s something for everyone. I can’t go, but I’m praying for Ash and Florence + the Machine sideshows.

Why did nobody tell me that you can read the new-look NME online???
I’ve only flipped through it so far, but the new layout is looking awesome. And it seems that I didn’t need to worry too much about the changes in content, after all. My main criticism so far is that the Letters page has been moved toward the back of the magazine.


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