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July 14, 2005


Music blogs get some love from record labels, reports The Globe and Mail.

"One of the worst things I ever did was to get into the habit of publishing daily," said Web engineer Frank Yang, who writes Chromewaves, a text-heavy Toronto blog that features one mp3 per week. "I've got this Cal Ripken streak going on, where I haven't missed a day in 16 months."

My current streak is 19 months of daily posts, but don't look for a blog war between me and my Canadian homeboy Frank (Chromewaves is my favorite music blog).

Catch the Cocker Spaniels this summer on tour.

PC magazine shops for discount mp3 players.

The Utne Reader excerpts a Harp magazine article on the current house concert craze.

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks to Rolling Stone.

"On Springsteen's first three albums, he has so much to say, he can't get the words out fast enough sometimes," says Finn, who also names Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and poet-rocker Jim Carroll (who seems to have shaped Finn's vocal style) as inspirations. "There's a lot of joy there, and if nothing else, I hope we can capture some of that. When we play, there's so much happiness and love and excitement, and I think it's very contagious to our audience."

Wired News calls Technorati "a new public utility."

Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens talks to SF Weekly.

"I don't want to compromise the personal narrative for the overarching abstract generalizations about the United States as a whole," Stevens explains. "That's a real conflict in my vision. I think sometimes [Illinois] is a little unbalanced, where its affiliation with Illinois historically is compromised for the sake of the stories. And I think it's better to do that anyway. I'm more comfortable with storytelling than I am with history or politics."

Okkervil River's Will Sheff talks to the Houston Chronicle.

"When you hear Dock Boggs sing, it's like he's trying to sound as wretched and ugly as possible. I think of a cackling death head when I hear him sing. It's all about upsetting perception and digging through to some submerged truth. That's, to me, where it begins and ends. That was the start of Okkervil River. To bring that style up to date. I can't grab a banjo and have somebody strumming a washboard and singing a song about hopping a train; that's not a reality of life right now. But the open-eyed quality to that music is inspiring."


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