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September 21, 2005


Newcity Chicago lists ten bands "on the verge."

The Dallas Morning News reviews Lunar Park, the new novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

"Mr. Ellis is the sort of author who can give irony a bad name."

Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan answers baseball (specifically Cubs) questions for the Chicago Tribune.

What was it like to sing, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the 2003 playoffs? Talk about rough crowd! -- Dave Judson, Evanston

singing that night was heart-wrenching, because I wanted the cubs to win so bad!!! they grab you around the end of the sixth to go up there, so when I got to the top, the organist called me in and explained to me that since Fox was broadcasting the game, they had disconnected the speaker that was in the booth (to hear the music being played), and nobody could figure out how to hook it back up ... then I was led into the booth behind the Fox team, and waited for an eternity while the cubs continued to melt down ... finally, the inning ended, and I went to sing, and couldn't hear the organ at all!!! it sounded like the music was across waveland avenue ... it was like singing at a funeral ... a moment I will never forget, nor honestly care to remember ...

Popcasts aggregates lists of popular podcasts from several sources.

The solo album by Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) is finished (and features Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine as a guest?) according to Billboard.

The Onion reviews Kurt Vonnegut's new book, Man Without a Country.

CBS News recounts this year's CMJ Music Marathon.

The Onion A.V. Club interviews Bob Mould.

AVC: How did you decide it'd be okay to play Hüsker Dü songs with a full band?

BM: As I get older and I have limited time, and there'll be limited interest as the years go by, I can say with absolute certainty there will not be a Hüsker Dü reunion. Given the amount of bullshit that I've had to tolerate from the other guys as far as what a taskmaster, what a world leader I was—everybody's able to buy a house and have a comfortable life, so I can't wait to hear about the shitty parts. [Laughs.] Yeah, so they're my songs, and I'm going to take ownership of performing them however I damn well please this tour. I'm really excited about the Sugar stuff more than anything else, you know, Copper Blue and so on. It's such a cool record, they're such fun songs to play live, I think that's gonna really be a blast... There are a lot of great songs in that stretch of my songbook, so that's the focal point.

Forbes reports that radio's market reach isn't as weak as previously reported.

iPod Garage reviews iTunes 5.0.

Seattle Weekly offers a "mix-CD-cum-guide" to this weekend's Decibel Festival.

Have you been following seafaring Frank on the Chromewaves world tour? My favorite music blog is currently my favorite travel blog.

Kristin Hersh compares "ultra-rich media companies and even ultra-rich 'rockstars'" to monkeys with a surplus of bananas.

There was an experiment done with chimpanzees a few years ago. When a small group of chimps was given a small quantity of bananas on a daily basis they shared them among themselves, equally and happily. When that same group was given a surplus of bananas, the dominant chimps stole, hoarded and defended the entire supply, resorting to violence if necessary.

It just struck me this morning, maybe especially, amid the horrifying stories in the news right now how ridiculous this idea of music piracy is. The idea that ultra-rich media companies and even ultra-rich "rockstars" can't bear to have their own fans (people who genuinely derive pleasure from listening to their music) make copies of their CDs, for fear of lost revenue.

I fall more in love with this woman every day.

Apple Matters learns lessons from the iPod nano.

Aurgasm offers an annotated history of New Orleans' music history. (thx)

Ask Metafilter offers J-pop recommendations.

Author Steve Almond celebrates Lolita's 50th anniversary for Nerve.

Rolling Stone lists ten "artists to watch" who will "rule 2006":

Wolf Parade
James Blunt
The Magic Numbers
The Go! Team
Damian Marley
Yummy Bingham
Giant Drag
Matt Pond PA

Author Ian McEwan relates his experience giving away books to passers by in central London.

The Abita Brewing Company is selling merchandise to help with Louisiana restoration.

Mock Motivational posters for every major league baseball team.


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