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October 2, 2005

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The Chicago Sun-Times interviews Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Q. With the album's focus, there's also a brooding quality. If people read these songs autobiographically, you might find yourself fighting the idea that you're a dour guy. Is there a level of transparency in your work where if we hear it, we somehow know who you are?

A. So [you're asking] if people think I'm too serious or morose? Well, they'd probably be right. I think there's always a grain of truth in every criticism.

But I definitely like to have a good laugh, too. I think that in a way I'm trying to write happier songs. I'm working on that [laughs]. So, hopefully, we'll be able to augment some of these sourpuss anthems.


Jim H of the mp3 blog, Vinyl Mine, talks to the New York Daily News, as does Andrew Krucoff.

"Finding vinyl gems is the best part of all the punk rock blogs," Krucoff says. "Let's face it, there's some really obscure - and awful-sounding - stuff out there, but for those who truly loved the genre in the first place, it all sounds good."


Laila Lalami interviews Salman Rushdie for the Oregonian. Read the backstory behind the interview at her blog, Moorish Girl.


The Onion AV Club has a blog.


The San Francisco Chronicle previews next week's Download Festival.


Kate Bush is all over the British press, with pieces in the Independent, Observer, and Daily Scotsman.


The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Liz Phair.

Q: Was this album really meant to be a song-by-song response to Stevie Wonder's 1976 album, "Songs in the Key of Life"?

A: Yeah, but I never got to finish it. It would have taken me at least another year.


Author E.L. Doctorow talks to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

As much as Doctorow admitted that time -- and the passage of time -- has been his key framing device, he eschewed the term historical novelist. "There is such a genre, of course," he said, bristling. "But I don't think I participate in it. My idea of an historical novel is a novel that makes literary history."


Nuci's Space, a resource and support center for Athens, Georgia musicians, gets profiled on an AP piece.


Sara of Tegan and Sara talks to CT Now.

"We are kind of an indie pop rock band, and lots of people really think of us as pop. Maybe the reason why candid lyrics or intricate parts in a song don't seem to go hand-in-hand with pop, is maybe because pop seems a little bit manufactured at times."


iLounge reviews the iKeychain, a case for the iPod nano.


Discuss Sufjan Stevens at Wikipedia.


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