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August 13, 2005

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Billboard interviews Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman.

Q: When you see a stat like 9 million free downloads of "Such Great Heights," is there a part of you that says, "Why haven't we sold 2 million albums?"

A: No. My first goal is to promote my artists. The artists are doing well, and I'm doing well. The idea that we should be making more is obscene. The fact that I can make a living being around these artists I admire so much and whose music I live for is a gift.

Sales measure the success, and the artists, of course, want to sell a lot of records. But from my standpoint, success is measured in how many people know about the music. So if every bit of music that's out there is not paid for, it's not the end of the world.


Change the graphics on your iPod.


KEXP leads the way among radio stations with its podcast offerings.


Joe Pernice talks to the Boston Herald, where he mentions making a film of his 33 1/3 book, Meat Is Murder.


Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph talks to Inside Bay Area about the band's reunion tour.


The Observer reviews Dylan Jones' book, iPod Therefore I Am.


Pinky's Paperhaus "podcasts writers who rock."


Self-publishers find a home on Amazon.com.


The Guardian is not impressed by Paul Theroux's latest novel, Blinding Light.

After joining Myspace a couple of months ago, I feel lonely. Wanna be my friend?


Kerry from Webgrits has started a podcast, Crohn's Talk, that will discuss Crohn's Disease. The disease affects many people young and old (including Kerry), please pass along the link to anyone you know with this condition.


Film critic A.O. Scott of the New York Times reviews Bret Easton Ellis's new novel, Lunar Park.


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