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August 25, 2005

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Joe Pernice talks to Popmatters about the Pernice Brothers' new album, Discover A Lovelier You, and his 33 1/3 novel on the Smiths' Meat Is Murder album (and writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of the book).

"Historically I work all the time. Sometimes I write two songs a day. The other day I was working on this script and I just thought of a song and I sat down and wrote it. My wife came by and said, 'How did it go today?' and I said, 'I wrote two scenes and a song!' she said, 'Jesus!' To me, I felt like I was screwing around."


Will Sheff of Okkervil River contributes a guest post in Said the Gramophone's "Said the Guests" series, offering commentary on three Tim Hardin songs.


The Village Voice reviews Tuesday night's Sufjan Stevens show.


Douglas Wolk delves into the world of alt-pop for eMusic.

So everybody knows what "pop" refers to, but the flip side of that definition is that it's easy to think of pop's identifying features as its virtues — especially melody, whose absence is way too often a reason (or an excuse) for people to hate (on) hip-hop.


The Guardian First Book Award longlist was announced yesterday.


The Knitters talk to Los Angeles City Beat.

For Doe, “The beauty of a project like this is that, if you don’t get it in the first or second take, you just do a different song and come back to it. All you’re really concerned about is whether it has feeling. You don’t have to worry if it’s perfect, because it’s not supposed to be perfect.”


Frankenstein Castle is "the ultimate Frankenstein film and movie site."


Mike Skinner of the Streets will front a UK-only ad campaign for Reebok.


Mac McCaughan of Portastatic, Superchunk and Merge Records, talks to RelishNow.


Today's Lunar Park reviews:

Boston Herald: "more soul-baring than all of Ellis' novels combined"

Philadelphia Inquirer: "Venturing between fact and fiction is not exactly a novelty in literature, but Ellis manages this delicate balancing act almost until the end with excellent narrative skills. He clearly knows what readers want from a book - a good story."


Also, Bret Easton Ellis talks to LA Weekly.

"I think a certain kind of sincerity is inevitable as you get older, and that may be part of why the book reads this way compared to the other books, where the satire, the novels themselves, are much more conceptual, and trickier and more outrageous and punky."


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