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Super-long album and song titles from the Believer

The internet and I agree on nearly all things, but one thing we have particularly divergent views on is the super-long title. I love them; the internet, for the most part, hates them. This month’s Believer features some long titles from literature, cinema and music. A few of the musical-related highlights:

Two songs:
“The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good about Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them until They Are off Our Lands!” – Sufjan Stevens, Illinois, 53 words

“Someday, In the Event That Mankind Actually Figures Out What It Is That This World Revolves Around, Thousands of People Are Going To Be Shocked And Perplexed To Find Out It Was Not Them. This Includes Me.” – The Chariot, Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead and Nothing Is Breathing, 38 words

Also in the September issue: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy interviews Mike Scott of the band The Waterboys.

Video: a gramophone spinning in a soothing manner

VERY SOOTHING, even with the sound on. Watch as the record spins, and the needle moves along its grooves, producing the sound of a tango.

The local: Cinematical interviews Diablo Cody

Cinematical interviews screenwriter and former Minneapolite Diablo Cody at Telluride about her movie, Juno.

Cody: ” I didn’t have a manicure until I was, like, 25!”

Links for 9.10.07: VMAs, iTunes movie rental, saxophones and more

*Those months-long rumors of iTunes renting movies have heated up again.
*Stereogum liveblogged the VMAs. The non-reaction shot of 50 Cent during the Britney performance seemed to be the highlight.
*Also in MTV news: Tila Tequila is bisexual and is getting her own dating reality show on the network. [Mashable]
*Perez Hilton: Music’s kingmaker. Take that, Rick Rubin.
*WHOA. Vintage: A gramophone case for your iPod. [Neatorama]
*This person says that the iPhone sucks.
*From the A.V. Club: 10 great songs nearly ruined by a saxophone.
*Justin Timberlake’s “Dick in a Box” and South Park’s World of Warcraft episode win Emmy’s.
*Really awful Twittering from the VMAs. (Yes, it can be good.) [Magnetbox]