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October 18, 2005


No Love For Ned has the Strugglers as an in-studio guest this week.

Popmatters interviews Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.

PM: Speaking of fighting, you and the Kings of Convenience are playing Boston on the same night. Who'd win in a fight between you and the Kings?

JL: I don't wanna fight the Kings. I wanna sleep with them. Erlend is a good friend and he's hot. Maybe there'll be some guest appearances on each other's shows. I think so. [note: At his February show in Boston, Erlend Oye showed up in the middle of Jens' set and started singing along with "Julie." It was awesome!]

The Fiery Furnaces (and their grandmother) talk to the Guardian.

"Our records are ostentatiously clumsy. They're not very pretty. Even when they are, hopefully they're pretty in the same way that seagulls flying above a garbage dump are pretty, as opposed to a dozen hawks soaring over a clean hill."

Popmatters wonders about the value of book prizes.

The Raconteurs (Jack White & Brendan Benson) album will be released early next year.

NPR's next live concert webcast will feature Son Volt this Friday.

The Ditty Bops Bicycle Bikini 2006 calendar is a worthy investment for any Ditty Bops fan.

Noam Chomsky was voted the world's top public intellectual.

Salon reviews Joan Didion's latest book, The Year of Magical Thinking.

You Ain't No Picasso has live versions for four new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah songs from their recent Atlanta show.

Bradley's Almanac offers a 1993 Seam show.

The Toronto Star reviews the New York Times' Broken Social Scene review.

More or less every instance of Pareles' mistake — in fact the entire review — is bullshit. Because he believes the band to be from Montreal, he attributes all sorts of their qualities as consistent with or diverging from their fictitious hometown. At one point he even compares their previous work favourably to Arcade Fire, a band that actually is from Montreal, while at the same time denigrating BSS's work for refusing to "ride on Montreal's momentum."

The excellent mp3 blog Fat Planet is starting a net label.

Author Philip Pullman attacks the film plans for the Chronicles of Narnia series.

"If the Disney corporation wants to market this film as a great Christian story, they'll just have to tell lies about it," he told The Observer.

Liz Phair talks to Toronto's Metro.

"They were thinking, 'What does this mean about indie if the indie queen went mainstream?' It's like they were defending their territory. But I was thinking, 'I'm 36 and not hanging out in the indie scene anymore.' "


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