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January 14, 2005

Shorties

Yep Roc has posted a video for the Moaners' "Heart Attack" from the band's upcoming album, Dark Snack (released 1/25). Fronted by former Trailer Bride singer Melissa Swingle, the Moaners stand out from other guitar and drums bands with their intelligent lyrics matched to soulful, bluesy rock. Billboard approves, and so do I.

Neko Case talks to Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times.
"I'm focusing really, really hard right now on the next studio record, and it's killing me, frankly. [Laughs] Not really, but it feels like it is. I can't set a deadline, no matter what I do; I can't figure out when I'm going to finish it. I'm working full-steam, but I can't see the end of the project yet. I'd love to be a little more reliable and give people a release date and stuff, but I'm not going to put it out until I'm ready. The problem with ideas is they lead to other ideas!"

The talented Ms. Case also trades e-mails with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Washington Post eulogizes local indie radio station, WFHS.

iPodlounge is offering music downloads via music blogs 3hive, *6ize, Gabba/POD and Stypod (an excellent group, visit them all if you haven't already).

Make your own MP3 player from an Altoids tin.

The Village Voice reviews the Decemberists' Colin Meloy's addition to the 33 1/3 series, Let It Be, a tribute to the seminal Replacements album.

Nippaz With Attitude offers albums of "classic tracks recreated in a lullaby style."

Bill Gates discusses digital rights management with Gizmodo.

Moscow's clone of The New Yorker shuts its doors.

The Christian Science Monitor previews 2005's music releases.

Financial Times reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel, Kafka on the Shore.

The largehearted Photo iPod auction ends Sunday, help my wife stop cursing her woefully underpowered computer by buying this Photo iPod (LHB readers get a couple of CD's as a bonus if the high bidder).

First Lady Laura Bush lists her favorite books in USA Today.

The Belfast Telegraph lists their bands to watch in 2005.

The Yale Daily News lists their ten "very best albums of 2004."

The Sydney Morning Herald reviews the latest Jens Lekman disc, When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog.

The Boston Herald talks to Scott Hoffman of the Scissor Sisters.


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