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September 30, 2005


"Taste-makers" predict which musicians will rise from obscurity to fame next year in the Guardian.

Popmatters celebrates Banned Books Week with two essays.

Readers of The Independent ask former Stone Roses member Ian Brown questions.

Why did you want to be in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and what spell did you cast to make your tea stir itself?

I did it for a laugh. I've got no ambition to be a movie star. I know the director because my wife's Mexican, and the director's a Mexican called Alfonso Cuaron. Once, at dinner, he said that he had a part for me, so I asked my lads and they said, go for it. I think J K Rowling is brilliant - I love the story that she wrote the first book in a café when she was on the dole, and now she's richer than the Queen. As for the tea, I used my magical powers as a bohemian wizard!

The Army National Guard is using iTunes as a recruiting tool.

Ryan Lensson of The Most Serene Republic talks to the Boston Globe.

"I have a very hard time with reviews," Lenssen said. ''I have a different perspective -- I think of music like toys. Do you review toys? In the end, everybody is trying to make something people are going to enjoy and bring some sort of experience into your life."

The Independent talks to Ms Dynamite, Paul Van Dyk and Adam Freeland to find out if dance music and politics can mix.

As comedian Andy Milonakis nears his 30th birthday, he is writing "insane lyrics" for a hip hop album.

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon talks to the Guardian.

The next album is the last in their current Geffen contract.

"We've been waiting, you know, for them to get rid of us," Gordon laughs. "But nobody wants to be the one to get rid of Sonic Youth."

Hack A Day makes black iPod nano headphones.

The Onion A.V. Club interviews Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean about their new film, Mirrormask.

AVC: If you didn't have any other commitments or strictures right now, what would you be working on?

NG: If there was nothing that anyone was waiting for, I think I'd probably be writing my new children's novel, which, with the way things are looking, I probably won't really start till December. I would so much like to be doing that.

Stream Tuesday nights M. Ward/Shins/White Stripes show, courtesy of NPR.

PAS/CAL is blogging the recording of their album.

The Drive-By Truckers have scheduled two shows over Thanksgiving weekend that will celebrate band members Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood's twenty years of working together:

Fri Nov 25 - Birmingham, AL - The Alabama Theater w/special guests The North Mississippi Allstars
Sat Nov 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle

I paged through Nick Zinner's (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) photography book, I Hope You Are All Happy Now, this past week, and enjoyed it. Zinner's not just another gimmick-hungry yob digging gold from rock and roll, he has true talent and vision behind the lens.

Standard Motion has six new limited edition (of fifty) posters available, including one from M. Ward's April Brooklyn show, several collages, and a future cityscape.

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.


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