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July 29, 2005


Sufjan Stevens is profiled by the Vancouver Westender, and interviewed by Exclaim!.

"Carl Sandburg [is the] iconic Chicago writer, but he’s really unfashionable and archaic now, so I also read Saul Bellow’s Adventures of Augie March, which is the great American novel in my opinion. And then I was also reading essays about agriculture and architecture, and the World’s Fair of 1893."

Preach on, brother Stevens, The Adventures of Augie March is one of my favorite novels.

Also, the Denver Post profiles Stevens' record label, Asthmatic Kitty.

The Chicago Tribune examines the world of mp3 blogs.

The Durham Herald Sun talks to Vicki Blankenship, who founded Indie Music For Life, which organizes benefit concerts around the country and produces compilation CDs to raise money for cancer research

Paul Smith of Maximo Park talks to the Independent.

"Some indie bands play it down, but I want to be an exaggerated version of myself. I am trying to entertain people. It doesn't draw away from the impact of the songs as emotional vehicles."

Zoilus thinks indie rock is "fearful rock." As always, Carl Wilson is spot-on.

"I can't actually think of any time in rock history where fearfulness was so part of the music - paranoia channeled into aggression, sure, but not this shrinking-violet affect, with its isolationist overtones and so on."

Suicide Girls interviews Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner.

Radio Free Chicago is "Chi-town's underground music and media resource."

iPod users face "musical hallucination" threat.

eBay auction of the day: a 1993 handbill for a Guided By Voices CBGB's show signed (and auctioned) by Tobin Sprout.

Soundgenerator reviews Lollapalooza.

The BBC may sell its programmes over the internet to overseas patrons.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles local band, The Purrs

Shanghailist lists their top 25 albums of 2005 (after 7 months).

Phillies Weekly is a podcast devoted to us long-suffering fans of the boys in red pinstripes.

Red Herring reports that the "music biz" needs fresh ideas.

My 2005 Bonnaroo downloads page has been updated.


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