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September 2, 2005


The Boston Globe profiles "fresh and unconventional" songwriters, including John Darnielle, Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, and others.

MoveOn has set up Hurricane Housing, a place to offer housing for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

New West Records is holding a charity drive to raise funds for the Red Cross.

RIP, R.L. Burnside.

Portastatic's Mac McCaughan talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Singer-songwriter Jay Farrar talks to Jambase.

Newsday previews fall's book releases, including Laila Lalami's Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (a truly magical debut from the Moorish Girl literary blogger).

Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu talks to the Boston Globe.

"One of the first records I ever had was a Talking Heads record," he says, acknowledging Byrne's influence. As for others: "The Cure and Joy Division and Bauhaus and OMD for certain, and a lot of 20th-century classical and Asian percussion music, experimental and noise music, and dance music like house and techno and HI-NRG and freestyle."

The Independent's Alexia Loundras is torn over her vote for the Mercury Music Prize.

John Doe talks to the LA Daily News about the Knitters reunion.

"The only way you could screw it up is to try to manicure it," Doe says. "If you pull it apart, it makes it bad. If you leave it together in its little mess, then it's good."

IGN lists ten songs you should "slam onto a mixtape right now."

The Fleshtones' Peter Zaremba talks to Popmatters.

Today's Lunar Park reviews:

The Stranger reviews the book-on-CD: "He sounds as if he's smoked 28 cigarettes before each chapter and reads every single line as though it is Very Important. This is a problem when reading Ellis's prose, which is littered with parentheses and lots of 'ironic' quotation marks."

The Portland Mercury: "Beyond this John Cheever-esque initial premise, Ellis' penchant for gore and violence soon creeps in, and Lunar Park winds up being a suburban psychological horror that tributes both Stephen King and... Bret Easton Ellis."

Joe Pernice talks to the Orlando Sentinel.

"Things just suggest themselves. Every song is an accident for me, and I'm almost amazed that I've done one."


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