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July 22, 2005


Said the Gramophone launched Said the Guests today, a bi-weekly guestblogging feature that will have "awesome folks - musicians, critics, artists and more, - writing about music that they love." Today's guestblogger is Hello Saferide (aka Annika Norlin), an up and coming Swedish artist.

Sufjan Stevens talks to The Stranger.

"When I was in Israel a journalist was asking me about Michigan, and he was talking about its rich history, which I thought was very incredible. There I was in the Holy Land, the beginning of civilization, and he's interested in the mysteries of Michigan." Stevens also found that while touring in Europe with such an American album, people wanted him "to be accountable to a lot of things, to communicate bigger things. I think it's a lot to ask of a songwriter. People project a political means on the music."

Richard Archer, frontman of Hard-Fi, talks to the Independent.

"I personally think we've got what it takes to be the next major British band," he says, "but it's not just about turning up. It's down to us."

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams talks to Rolling Stone about her new album, My Better Self, due September 13th.

"You take a temperature-reading of your time, and in this case I pulled out the rectal thermometer, and here we are," says a characteristically chatty -- and ribald -- Williams, laughing. "Actually, the covers that I did are more reflective of the political climate."

Poet Stanley Kunitz is still going strong at 100.

KEXP launched their podcasts yesterday.

Weebls has added an iPod animation, "Piepod.".


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