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February 25, 2005


Neko Case talks to Country Standard Time about her latest album, The Tigers Have Spoken. "It's the length of a vinyl album. That's the attention span I have. Two sided vinyl. No double album Led Zeppeliny experience. Not that there's anything wrong with Led Zeppelin doing it, but if I were to make a double CD or an hour and a half-long CD, it would be self indulgent and crappy, and I would be so burnt out on it that I wouldn't even enjoy it."

Author Haruki Murakami talks to the Los Angeles Times about his new novel, Kafka on the Shore. "It's very strange. I wondered: What's happened to me. I must be getting old. My characters are much the same as they were 10 years ago, but where they end up is different. Before, they were left alone, in a nowhere place. There was no exit. These days, my endings have a kind of possibility," he says. "Even if they are left alone, the characters at least have an exit.

Summersteps Records has set an April 19th release date for their second Jandek tribute album, Down In A Mirror. Included is a Jeff Tweedy cover of "Crack a Smile."

Robert Schneider's Marbles have three streaming songs available on their Myspace page.

Yo La Tengo's annual fundraiser for WFMU has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 15th from 8-11 PM EST.

Chomsky Torrents is self-explanatory.

The limited edition Hello Kitty iPod

Abercrombie and Fitch have several new downloadable mp3's, including "I Am Naked," by Stereo Total.

The Washington Post examines iPod nights at local clubs.

The New York Times profiles Odeo, a firm that facilitates podcasting.

Salon remembers Hunter S. Thompson.

Historic Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is shutting down.

EA Sports announces in-game soundtracks for FIFA Street, MVP Baseball 2005 and EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 2. MVP Baseball 2005 gets the indie rock treatment, with tracks by The Bravery, Louis XIV, the Zutons and others.

The Guardian profiles troubled former Libertine Pete Doherty.

Also in the Guardian, Rufus Wainwright's new album is praised as "stunning."

KCRW will begin podcasting March 1st.

Lego Steve Jobs

The St. Petersburg Times examines local business blogs.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talks to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

The Chicago Sun-Times Jim DeRogatis interviews Dann Gallucci of Modest Mouse.

Luna's farewell show is reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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