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September 24, 2005

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The Boondogs' Jason Weinheimer talks to the Memphis Flyer about the band's experience after winning Garageband's record contract contest.

"We knew from the very beginning there were people running the show who had no idea how to put a record out," Weinheimer says. "We acted in good faith, though, and hoped for the best. Of course we got cash up front to be safe. In the end, they spent approximately $300,000 on the band, and we got to have a lot of fun making the record and playing a bunch. They were in breach of contract early on for not putting our record out in time, but they kept us happy with generous tour support and the like. About six months before [Garageband] closed up, we saw what was happening and just decided to ride it out."

I can heartily recommend both the band's recently released Fever Dreams and Smarter Than Some.


The Austin American-Statesman reviews day one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.


Akron/Family's Seth Olinsky talks to the Grand Rapids Press.


The Fort Worth Star-telegram compares Rilo Kiley's live performance to "the animatronic Country Bears at Disneyland."


Music blogger, DJ, label owner and journalist Ultragrrrl's book, The Pocket DJ, came out this week.


The Small Stakes has added a Death Cab for Cutie Hurricane Katrina benefit poster to their offerings, all proceeds from the sales of the poster will go to the Salvation Army. (thx to Chris for the heads up).

Be sure to check out the American Analog Set 10th anniversary and Sufjan Stevens show posters as well.


The Village Voice reviews the recent Future of Music Summit in Washington.


The Washington Post reviews Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan documentary, No Direction Home.


Bob Mould talks to the Pioneer Press.

Mould's detailed and surprisingly personal Web log documents his rock-star activities (recording sessions, press interviews), his life as a gay man (political rants, links to guys he thinks are cute) and utterly mundane day-to-day ephemera (allergy medications, workout schedules).

"I'm totally comfortable with it all," Mould said. "The times have changed, and I think people want a little more insight into (musicians' lives). I always make sure not to say anything hurtful, and I try not to embarrass myself.

"Just today, I heard the new Franz Ferdinand song, wrote a snippy comment and posted it. But I went back five minutes later and deleted it. It's not really necessary — I wouldn't want to read (something like that) about me."


The National Post profiles "the literary blogger."


The Guardian profiles Siouxsie Sioux.


Brian Wilson will call you for $100 (donation to hurricane relief).


The Guardian excerpts Joan Didion's latest book, The Year of Magical Thinking.


Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz talks to Rhino's Rzine.

"That gypsy two-step rhythm is the core of Gogol Bordello's music. It's an extreme rhythm and that's what gypsies do, they appropriate sounds from the surrounding culture and extreme-ize them. The heart of gypsy music is appropriation and hyperbolization, making the sound harder, faster, better. You can see it in flamenco and Russian gypsy music."


Retro Thing rounds up affordable turntables.


Google Earth Hacks makes a good product even better. I'm waiting for the hack that allows it to run on my mac.


Spice up your desktop with Katamari Damacy wallpaper.


The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl looks interesting.


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