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October 7, 2005


Bob Mould talks to the Washington Post.

"To me, it's just that I'm getting comfortable with my legacy. The fact is, I don't hold the electric guitar-bass-drum version of Husker Du stuff sacred anymore because there's no good reason to -- they're just my songs."

Gustav Ejstes of the Swedish band Dungen talks to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I think there is a lot of music that people don't see as psychedelic that I see as psychedelic, but it is music that makes you forget about everything for a while and takes you away. If it's a good song, it has a psychedelic effect on you. If you like Italian disco and you really like that and get off on it, I guess that's psychedelic to you. If you feel a love for something and get feelings from something like music or art or even eating with people, life is psychedelic in itself."

The San Jose Mercury News previews Saturday's Download Festival.

The Archers of Loaf, Roger Waters, and Loverboy have found their way into Popmatters' cutout bin (along with a review of each album).

The Stylus staff list the "top ten songs that make me wish I had more faith."

The Independent follows Maximo Park and the Editors to Nashville to gauge the reception to these British bands in the US.

"Who?", says one bartender in the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar. "Editors", I reply. "They're a bit like Joy Division." "What kind of a name is Joy Division?" She has a point, but we're straying off course. Has she heard of any British bands? "Sure", she says, "Coldplay, REM."

Seattle Weekly offers a restaurant guide for your iPod.

Author Salman Rushdie talks to director Terry Gilliam in this month's Believer.

SR: Well, science fiction is always a vehicle for ideas. It’s the form which allows either movies or books to be an exploration of how we should live.

TG: Exactly. Again, it’s like going back to the question of Where is Brazil? In sci-fi movies, you move beyond the real world so you can abstract it and then comment upon it. Philip K. Dick was always my favorite sci-fi writer because it wasn’t so much about sci-fi as about the human condition.

Matt Thorne reviews Bret Easton Ellis's novel, Lunar Park, for the Independent.

Lunar Park is an enormously entertaining novel, powered by a celebratory fun entirely absent in the writing of the generation of American writers who succeeded Ellis.

The New York Times delves into digital music formats.


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