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September 28, 2005

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Bob Mould talks to Minneapolis City Pages.


A middle-aged man gets rap recommendations on AskMetafilter.


Visit the internet museum of flexi/cardboard/oddity records, complete with audio samples.


Billboard reviews the recent The National/Clap Your Hands Say yeah Chicago show.

But if the audience really cared about the Next Big Thing, or live music in general, half of them wouldn't have streamed out after Clap Your Hands finished its short set, and would have stuck around for the truly galvanizing, inspiring performance by the National. "This is the most fun we've ever had," said singer Matt Berninger, twice. No doubt because he knew something all the early vamoosers didn't: that the National were blowing Clap Your Hands Say Yeah off the stage with every song.


John Vanderslice talks to the Seattle Weekly about his new album, Pixel Revolt.

"A lot of musicians can't believe how mundane it is to tour and try to make a living [from music], but I don't think it's any different than being a gardener, someone who makes cabinets or works in a bookstore. People can't give up that idea that they're exalted, and I think that's a bunch of BS, so I try to make fun of them as much as I can."


Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces talks to Seattle Weekly.


Mark Hudson calls Bob Dylan a "poseur" in the Telegraph.

Dylan is undoubtedly a genius, but he's a pop genius. He's got more in common with Kylie Minogue than with Beethoven, and like all pop geniuses he has manifestly failed to carry his greatness into the starker territory of middle age.


Nancy Drew turns 75 this year.


Jam! interviews author Bret Easton Ellis.

"I should have known that ultimately I would work out my anger, frustration and resentment in a novel, and that something was going to lift off of me, which it did."


Large Prime Numbers reviews We Love Katamari.


Catch live sets online from the Shins, M. Ward, & White Stripes and Stephen Malkmus & Laura Veirs. Keep up with the live omline performances at Live Net Music.


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