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August 26, 2005


John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to the Independent Weekly over a game of Scrabble.

"If a singer/songwriter guy goes into the studio and thinks he knows what he wants and tries to tell people what to do, he's going to end up with a disaster of a record. You have to let the people who are good at what they do, do what they do."

BBC Radio 1 announced that October 13th will be "John Peel Day" with a day of gigs across the UK.

Some Sufjan Stevens links for today:

a horrible Sufjan vs. Kanye mashup, "Zombies Walk"

a Sims-style video for "Casimir Pulaski Day"

The Seattle Times profiles singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats.

MC Chris is Spin's "band of the day."

Smog's Bill Callahan talks to the San Jose Mercury News.

"I think I usually write about people I know, more than I write about myself," he says. "But I think on this record, I did something a little different, in that I sort of used myself as a character. As I was writing, I was sort of picturing what I would do, or sort of making up a story about myself that is not really autobiographical. It's just using yourself as a character in a song."

The Los Angeles Times examines the indie folk music scene.

Sigur Ros talks to the Guardian.

"I remember Robbie Williams walking down the main street with four bodyguards and everyone was thinking, Who the f*** is that? Who does he think he is?" says Sveinsson. "Björk is really famous but she hangs out at the same bars as everyone else. It keeps you on the ground."

The music video focus has shifted from MTV to online sites, according to USA Today.

Make your plans now for SXSW 2006. Hopefully I'll get to spend more than one day in Austin next year during the festival. If you are a performer, apply now for a spot.

Singer-songwriter Don Chambers is profiled by Flagpole.

Design a new logo for Blogads, and receive $1000.

The Book Standard examines the top five travel books.

Erasing Clouds reviews Paul Whitelaw's biography of Belle & Sebastian, Just A Modern Rock Story.

As much as anything, this is the vividly told story of how a band came to be a band, and what's been involved it in remaining one.

White Stripe Jack White will write a new theme song for a Coca-Cola ad.

Coca-Cola are apparently keen to find a new song which will rival impact of ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke’ which featured in a 1971 advertising campaign.

Chank has a new free typeface, Newcastle.

Stephen Malkmus talks to Creem.

"I hope my records will define the audience," he said. "I hope that people can connect without having the, 'I like Matador records, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Smog' mentality."

The Asheville Citizen Times lists five reasons why they love Steve Earle.


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