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June 11, 2005


Rumors have some form of Guided By Voices reuniting for an acoustic performance before the premiere of the New Year's Eve final performance DVD in the fall.

Kathryn reminded me that Aquarius Records has a couple of copies of the Mountain Goats' limited edition vinyl, Come, Come to the Sunset Tree. Luckily, my copy shipped Thursday from Moops Music.

Use Buyblue on your iPod to find merchants sympathetic to the liberal cause. (thx, blue Benn)

Esquire offers seven songs for summer.

Drive-By Trucker Mike Cooley talks to the McKeesport Daily News.

"Our goal every time we make a record is to have fun and do it better than the last one."

Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein talks to Free Time about the band's The Woods album.

"I think a lot of this album is about the instability of structures that we hold as safe and constant," Brownstein said.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is holding a modern rock poster show.

Singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell recognizes the irony of her breakthrough song, a cover of Cole Porter's "I Love Paris," and its inclusion in a Carl's Jr. ad and Paris Hilton.

Mandell finds it amusing that after five self-released albums, she could owe her commercial breakthrough to Paris -- the city and the woman -- and to beef. "Well, I've been wondering for a long time when the hell it would happen and how," she says. "I certainly wouldn't have guessed that it'd be a rock version of a jazz song sung for a hamburger. It's somehow very apropos ... or ironic. Maybe even both at once, if that's possible."

The New York Times reviews Spoon's Wednesday night performance.

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