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March 31, 2005


The Stroker Ace, Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, talks to the Riverfront Times. "The 'Southern rock' label doesn't annoy me. When you put out a double album called The Southern Rock Opera, you can't bitch. It's gonna get said, so I'm not gonna throw a fit. We were never really a part of that; we were kids during the Southern-rock period. It's our culture, but we don't want to imply that coming to see the Truckers is stepping back into 1976, though some of it is. Thank God."

The Atlantic reviews Haruki Murakami's novel
, Kafka on the Shore.

Message board discussion of the day: why the Decemberists are not like Neutral Milk Hotel (from the official Decemberists board).

The Boston Globe recounts SXSW.

Build your own cigar box guitar and Marlboro pack amp.

The Chicago Tribune plays the Lollapalooza guessing game.

The Baltimore Sun reviews recent CD releases, including my current favorite, I Am a Bird Now by Antony and the Johnsons.

Business 2.0 offers the First Annual Bottom Line Design Awards.

Support Athens' Breastfest 2005 Saturday and Monday and help fight breast cancer.

The cello is the most underappreciated musical instrument.

The Baltimore Sun profiles David Sedaris.

Houston podcasters are becoming internet celebrities, according to KTRK.

Jill Sobule is much more than a singer who kissed a girl.

The Boston Herald reviews Tuesday's Robyn Hitchcock ahow.

iTunes custom gift cards were a big hit at SXSW.

np: Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

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