Inexplicably, some bookstores stayed open late on Monday night for the release of the new Thomas Pynchon novel, "Inherent Vice." I didn't know that there was so much demand for his novels. This seems like a total marketing stunt and I'm a little surprised that a hip indie bookstore would fall for this sort of sales marketing. Pynchon is definitely not on the level of Dan Brown or JK Rowling, that's for sure. Staying open late is cool, but I don't know how many extra copies they'll sell unless the famously reclusive Pynchon (he curiously appeared on an episode of the Simpsons with a paper bag over his head) was going to make an in-store appearance. Highly doubtful.
I downloaded some old punk songs this past week from a few renegade music blogs. I remember liking the Honey Bane single "Girl on the Run" a lot when I was a teenager. I always liked her very unique voice though what really made this single stand out to me was the great snarling British punk guitar sound. You can find more songs on her MySpace.