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October 29, 2005


The Boston Globe reviews the Mountain Goats' recent performance.

The perky beat of ''Dance Music," balmy ''Love Love Love," and the gutsy military march that fuels the revenge fantasy ''Lion's Teeth" came off less like deceptively animated dirges and more like diseased monuments to hope.

SBC is streaming video from the Vegoose Festival this weekend, here's the broadcasting lineup:

Saturday October 29, 2005 PDT
12:00 PM Steel Train
01:00 PM Slightly Stoopid
01:15 PM North Mississippi Allstars
02:45 PM String Cheese Incident
04:30 PM Devandra Banhardt
05:15 PM Phil Lesh & Friends
07:15 PM Gov't Mule
08:00 PM Dave Matthews & Friends
09:00 PM Primus

Sunday October 30, 2005 PDT

12:00 PM The Decemberists
01:00 PM Michael Franti & Spearhead
01:45 PM Umphrey's McGee
02:15 PM ALO
02:45 PM Ween
04:15 PM moe.
05:00 PM Trey Anastasio
06:00 PM Spoon
06:45 PM Jack Johnson
09:00 PM Arcade Fire

Ryan Adams announced that he will release his third album of the year, 29, with a street date of December 19th.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talks to Billboard about the band's next studio album, due in 2006.

"What we've done already is basically record in our own studio," Tweedy says. "We set up without headphones in a circle and roll tape based on us trying to get ourselves balanced as much as possible, without using the mixing console."

The Independent lists the top ten gadgets we'll be lusting after in 2006.

I listened to XTC's Apple Box yesterday, which includes the band's Apple Venus and Wasp Star albums, along with their respective demos, Homespun and Homegrown. It's a great package, with a 64-page booklet of liner notes and lyrics, the perfect holiday present for a pop music fan (the four disc box set is released this week in Europe).

Slate praises southern rockers My Morning Jacket and the Drive-By Truckers.

The GBV shirt database continues to grow, with 55 different shirts now accounted for (for the record, I only have two Guided By Voices shirts, both gifts, the flag (back) and Postal Blowfish 10th anniversary shirts).

Episode 11 of the Bat Segundo Show includes a roundtable discussion with authors Laila Lalami, Scott Esposito, Beth Wadell and Tito Perez.

Black Friday 2005 is already posting day-after-Thanksgiving sales previews.

I've been using Digg a bit in the last couple of days, check out the stories I've "dugg" (mostly "shorties" pieces).

The Go! Team talks to the New York Times (who call the band an "indie Bennetton").


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