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September 8, 2005


Nick Sylvester plants his tongue firmly in cheek while describing Merzbow's merch table in the Village Voice.

Sufjan Stevens talks to the Cleveland Scene.

"If you're singing about war and whatever, George Bush, and your disdain for capitalism, and you're very angry about it, and the lyrics are really deprecating . . . I think it's a little clumsy," he says. "It's so obvious that it becomes a caricature."

The Future of Music Policy Summit is being held next week in Washington.

offBeat interviews Son Volt's Jay Farrar.

I'll join in with the masses, the iPod Nano is very, very cool, especially in black. Playlist takes a first look at the new Apple digital music player.

Get the new Harry Potter Collector's iPod complete with the collected HP audiobooks for only $548.

The Pernice Brothers are offering a digital download of their elusive The Sandwich EP for a mere $5 donation to the Red Cross. (thx)

"Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now," the video

The Designers Mixtape invites designers to submit mixtapes, and offers steams of the results.

Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs talks to Now Toronto.

"I see myself as a goodwill ambassador in Europe. I want to give them a sense that we're not all neo-Nazi fundamentalist lunatics. I love America – it's so gorgeous, and I have the deepest friendships and relationships. Too bad it's run by idiots."

Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett talk to the St. Petersburg Rimes.

"The interest in alternative music, like an indie-minded music, has grown," he (Sennett) says. "I think that we've come out of such a pop time as far as what people are interested in. A lot of our fans are 17- or 18-year-old girls, and probably some of them listened to Britney Spears at 13 but then maybe turned away from that aesthetic and into something completely different as people are wont to do around that age. Maybe indie rock as a whole is just benefiting from coming out of such a trite period."

Sennett also talks to the Baltimore Sun.

"I don't know if I feel very famous at all, but sometime kids want an autograph or whatever," Sennett said in a phone interview. "I wanted Snoopy's autograph when I was young, so I don't really know."

Monsters and Critics poses six questions to Gavin Rossdale.

Today's Lunar Park reviews:

Bookslut: "It’s refreshing to see the former boy wonder grow up some."
Metroactive: "Bret Easton Ellis, having apparently exhausted his grab bag of narcotic, sexual and forensic tricks, cannibalizes himself in his latest novel."
The Daily Texan: "A book that is trying to appeal to our newfound intellectualism while at the same time satisfying our appetite for dull-razor suspense."

Also, the Minnesota Daily interviews author Bret Easton Ellis.

Then what do you hope people get from your books?

Nothing. I really don’t. Believe me — people can get what they want. I hope they’re transported during the reading of it, and they’re somewhere else, and they’re getting pleasure from the book, and they’re entertained.


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