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September 14, 2005

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It's A Trap, the quintessential online hub for Scandinavian music news, has started selling mp3 downloads, focusing on independent artists and labels. Several labels have already signed on, including Aa, Adrian Recordings, Chalksounds, Combat Disc, CPH-Sound, Kooljunk, Norsordo, PonyRec and Tenderversion.


This week, Stylus lists their top 50 basslines of all time.


The Minneapolis City Pages reviews Sufjan Stevens' Illinois.

The further pleasures of Illinois come from its refined, precise craftsmanship. While Stevens is widely cited as a banjo player, he's also handy with recorder, flute, oboe, glockenspiel, guitars, vibraphone, triangle, and church organ. His banjo playing is more Kermit on a log than Earl Scruggs; really his paramount gift is as a composer-arranger.


No Love For Ned has guitarist Mike Tamburo stop by ofr an in-studio performance as part of this week's show.


Billboard reviews John Vanderslice's excellent Pixel Revolt.

Fans of the singer/songwriter genre will fall head over heels for the direction Vanderslice is taking -- now he needs just a little more exposure.


Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie talks to Suicide Girls.

"I think that the OC, Six Feet Under, movie soundtracks and all that, have been great, but you still have a lot to worry about. I don’t think those shows have made the band a household name. Not much has changed. We have a lot of touring to do, and I don’t think that we ever thought it was ever going to be much. Modest Mouse, they seemed to have a good time, the Walkmen, they seemed to have a pretty good time, so we figured why not?"


NME reports the Wilco live album tracklist.


In its latest podcast, The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Bret Easton Ellis.

Am I Right lists band name origins.


The Joy of Tech lists alternative uses for the iPod nano.


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