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October 14, 2005


Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice talks to Popmatters.

"The holy grail in lo-fi is often how to produce distortion, how to get low levels of distortion that are complicated and beautiful, distortions to balance out the beauty of western harmonic music. Distortion to my mind equals sex and violence, and if you don't have sex and violence in rock 'n' roll then you're totally done for."

Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney talks to the Denver Post.

"We all still really get along and realize that we're all in it for the same reasons. Pearl Jam is at a much different level than us, and they're cultural icons in a way, but they don't behave that way. They love playing, and they learn how to deal with each other's idiosyncrasies and use them to the advantage of the band. And I see Sleater-Kinney under the same light. There's no reason they would have to make another record, but they do because they're still compelled to make music with those people. And it's the same way for us."

Son Volt's Jay Farrar talks to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I don't view it in the terms of a comeback," Farrar said of the new Son Volt disc, "Okemah and the Melody of Riot," "I do see some similarities to our first record, though. In both situations, we were a band that had not played together or done shows together. It was a trial by fire. That kind of pulls everybody together, and it allows for things to be a little more organic. We tried to do as much live recording as possible. I don't like to worry about overdubbing to fix mistakes or analyze things to death."

Jim James of My Morning jacket talks to the Boston Globe.

Author Ryan Gilbey talks about helping John Peel write his autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes.

Slate examines the press's crush on Steve Jobs and Apple.

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Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces talks to Newsday about being in a band with his sister.

"With a sibling, you have that comfort or familiarity. You're already annoyed with each other. You don't have expectations of being a great friend and having a great time all the time. It makes it more even-keeled."

Harvey Pekar talks about his Jewish roots with the Cleveland Jewish News.

"I'm strongly influenced by Jewish culture, but I’m not a nationalist," he says. "I'd like to see (Israel) make an agreement with the Arabs, get an independent Arab state over there. Maybe internationalize Jerusalem."

The Guardian profiles Nick Drake.

The Independent offers an assortment of offbeat music lists.

Popmatters interviews Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Musical breast implants could be available in 15 years (insert punchline here).

Vist the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

Suicide Girls interviews Danny "I write music for soundtracks now" Elfman.

DRE: Do you have any desire to play live music anymore?

ELFMAN: Not really. Let me put it this way, I have no desire ever to be on an Oingo Boingo stage again.

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