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September 25, 2005


Liz Phair talks to the New York Daily News.

Phair says she understood fans' cries of "Judas," but couldn't believe that the accusations dragged on. "I felt like I should get these people a therapist," she says. "They must have better things to do. It's only music."

Bilboard delves into fans' reactions to music in advertising (and advertising in music).

My local paper writes a pedestrian review of Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis.

The New York Times profiles Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

The buzz even persuaded producers of "The O.C.," which is known for its indie rock soundtracks, to ask Clap Your Hands to perform on the show. The band turned it down. Too much popularity, after all, can diminish one's credibility.

"I don't like the idea of being overexposed," said Mr. Ounsworth, who is dark in appearance and in demeanor. "Vincent van Gogh never sold a painting, and he was perfectly content."

Yahoo is again streaming video from the Austin City Limits Music Festival, catch the last day's acts.

Eugene Kelly, formerly of the Vaselines, talks to Scotland on Sunday about his new album, Man Alive.

Kelly admits his connection with Nirvana - who recorded The Vaselines' 'Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam', 'Molly's Lips' and 'Son Of A Gun' - has been both a blessing and a curse. "I've used it as a crutch; it's made me lazy. I've never been particularly driven, but I worked harder when I was younger - and hungrier. But I'm trying to change that with this album. I'm getting my finger out and I'm going to see what I can do."

The Sunday Times profiles Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens.

The Observer's paperback of the week is Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.

The Scotsman examines the friendship between JRR Tolkein and CS Lewis.

Is technology causing children to lose touch with nature?

BBC News wonders what the fuss is about Bob Dylan, and the Observer salutes the American songsmith's greatness.

Other Dylan links:

Salon reviews the Scorsese Dylan documentary, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.

Favorite Dylan songs are chosen by the Sunday Herald.

Old Grandma Hardcore lists drinking games for Katamari Damacy (and its sequel, We Love Katamari).

Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. talked about digital music pricing at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference Thursday.

“We are selling our songs through iPod, but we don’t have a share of iPod’s revenue,” he said. “We want to share in those revenue streams. We have to get out of the mindset that our content has promotional value only.

“We have to keep thinking how we are going to monetize our product for our shareholders,” added Mr. Bronfman. “We are the arms supplier in the device wars between Samsung, Sony, Apple, and others.”


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