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April 23, 2004

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"In the mental iconography of the New York culture junkie, the Netflix queue has joined the line of must-have life accouterments," so says the New York Observer in their article, "The Netflix Neurosis." (via Progressive Review)

The Orlando Weekly profiles Lloyd Cole and his new album, Etc, as well as his upcoming May release, Plastic Wood.

"Poems are little machines where we talk about things that can't be kept in words," Julia Alvarez explained to her audience in this Austin Chronicle piece covering the novelist's book of poetry, The Woman I Kept To Myself.

"I think in today's age, there're so many bands, it's hard to make truly original music," he continues. "I don't think a revolution is possible anymore. When the Beatles started out, they were creative guys in a world of uncharted territory, but nowadays... I mean, there's only so many chords and combinations you can put together," stellastarr**'s Arthur Kremer tells the Seattle Stranger.

"The indie-press mentality always wants to try and take you down a notch," he said. "I figure if they want to take me down a peg, they should do it just on the strength of the songs, like, 'This guy's songs blow! Signed, Pitchfork,' rather than getting all snotty about Blake Wescott playing tambourine on the thing," The Long Winters' John Roderick taks to NYU's Washington Square News.

Kevin Spacey guest edits Friday Review for the Guardian.

"The music 'industry' is only a few decades old," Hersh said. "Music used to be what people did together in their houses and in bars and at parties. That concept, almost of folk music, of music that is written for and played by a generation and shared, is kind of where I'm coming from philosophically. It doesn't sound like folk music, but it's this generation's sound as far as I'm concerned, and this generation hasn't been allowed to hear it because the industry thinks it's easier to make money selling 'fashion-sound' to pre-teens. It might sound bitter, those words, but I don't feel that way." Kristin Hersh on the music industry and her new band, 50 Foot Wave.


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