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July 19, 2005


This year's Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced:

· Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
· Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
· Coldplay - X&Y
· The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
· Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
· KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope
· Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
· The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
· Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
· M.I.A. - Arular
· Polar Bear - Held on the Tips of Fingers
· Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay

Antony and the Johnsons would have my vote, but I'd be happy with anyone but Coldplay.

Broken Social Scene talks to MTV.

"It's not a record that's going to the masses," Drew said candidly of the 70-minute album. "We're not going to the 'next level.' We made a dirty-sounding, right/wrong record. We [eliminated] the catchiest singles from the record. We don't live up to what label and promotion people want us to be — we're not about that."

Bob Geldof weighs in on the Pogues.

Threadless has started a t-shirt design contest for the Swedish band, Shout Out Louds. Just like regular Threadless contests win $750 cash and a $250 gift certificate if your design is chosen, plus bonus goodies from the band.

The nation explores Oprah Winfrey's "Summer of Faulkner."

Buy Give Up by the Postal Service at the USPS online store

The New York Times gives Pitchfork's Intonation Music Festival a 7.3.

Dylan Jones, author of iPod Therefore I Am, discusses how an iPod changed his life.

The UTD Mercury examines recent filesharing rulings and their effects on the school's students.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah get some mainstream media coverage.


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