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September 22, 2005

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Marah lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.


Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces talks to the Arizona daily Wildcat about making an album with her grandmother.

"You know my grandmother was becoming very sick," Eleanor said. "She's turning 83 this next month, so it was kind of like it's now or never. She was always the real musician in the family. She loves music very much, so we thought if anyone should be making records it should be her."


The Fairfield County Weekly reviews the CMJ Music Marathon.

So why was Rachel Feldman, the editorial director of AOL Music, the panel's moderator? And why were editors of Rollingstone.com and MP3.com there? Visit these sites and you'll find they're exactly what Feldman hopes AOL Music isn't: "corporate or stale." They almost exclusively cover Top 40 bands, and only rarely write up even the biggest names at CMJ, like the Arcade Fire, Doves and the New Pornographers. The founder of the MP3 blog Scenestars.net was an unlisted late addition though CMJ organizers had realized their folly but where were the editors of Pitchforkmedia.com, 3hive.com or Splendidezine.com?


Stylus lists the top ten most disturbing fan fiction stories.


Magnolia Electric Co.'s Jason Molina talks to Broward New Times.

"Since we've been doing the Magnolia stuff, it's been a much more sophisticated type of recording, because we've actually gotten to record all of the last Magnolia record in the same studio, with the same engineer, and working consistently and regularly in Electrical Audio. It means that the record simply sounds a lot better," he says. "A lot of the earlier records are limited by the fact that we had to do an entire record in four-track in one day in somebody's living room. And it really sounds that way too... When you're recording in someone's living room and you can't wake up the neighbors or something, you tend to have to play around your circumstances, meaning a lot of times playing very quietly or playing very slow."


The Guardian wonders why black commercial music is so conservative, and calls for a black indie music chart.


Garbage will take a "hiatus" after their Australian tour.


Robyn Hitchcock talks to the Japan Times.

"To me a song should paint a little picture," he says. "I remember vividly an H.G. Wells story about these transparent monsters who come out of the water and feed on Victorians. And J.G. Ballard's 'The Garden of Time,' with these aristocrats living on a hill and a mob slowly advancing toward them. The aristocrats halt time by breaking off flowers -- the aroma of the flowers stops time for a while, but the mob keeps advancing and the garden gets smaller. By the time the mob reaches the palace the count and his wife are just statues. Those stories affected me enormously. People like Bob Dylan were good at that as well. He's a very pictorial songwriter. You can see the world through his songs, which are full of images that are blended and edited together, like a kaleidoscope."


UK shop workers hate Britney Spears.


Ken Stringfellow of the Posies talks to Flagpole.

According to Stringfellow, the current live set showcases a good chunk of Every Kind of Light's material, plus a cross-section of older songs. "It sort of hits all the highlights of our new record, Frosting on the Beater and Amazing Disgrace. Then we kind of picked some stuff from the other three albums to kind of fill it out."


Wilco's Jeff Tweedy has set the dates for his November solo tour.


Marathonpacks names its top 40 albums from 2000-2004.


Aesthetic Apparatus has some cool indie posters for sale.


Neighborhoodies is offering a different free mp3 track every weekday.


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