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December 21, 2005

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Varsity interviews Tegan of Tegan and Sara.

Canada is a rich musical terrain - how come so many Canadian acts have to go to America to "make it" back home? Or is that not the case at all?

I don't think that many Canadian acts do make it to America. It is only in recent years that bands from Canada have been getting big in America. I think Canada is just a small country and it makes it tough to be succesful.


Jonathan Bree of the Brunettes talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Like, it's a pretty good time to be young and creative," Bree says, expressing bewilderment over why many young bands today are so damn cranky.

"I don't know, I just think it would be really unfulfilling to have to prepare for a gig by making yourself, like, really angry."


The New Republic lists the top ten overlooked movies of the year.


Douglas Wolk reviews the White Stripes cover of Tegan and Sara in the Seattle Weekly with a question and answer session (with himself, to humorous results).

Q: Why a Tegan and Sara cover?

A: Because they're identical twins, just like the White Stripes, and this makes the White Stripes their twins, too. Or: Because their version only came out a year ago, and wasn't a hit, and the White Stripes saw their opening and pounced, and when's the last time you heard a great cover that worked that way?


Boston's Weekly Dig recounts the year in literature.


Indie Interviews sits down with American Analog Set this week.


Australian bloggers name their top 25 Aussie bands.


Two new mp3 blogs of note: The Rich Girls Are Weeping ("because the world needs another mp3 blog) and Post-Punk Junk.


The Onion A.V. Club reviews the Guided By Voices final show DVD, The Electrifying Conclusion.


Stylus interviews Leslie Feist:

What kind of direction would you like to take with the new album?

Feist: Well Let it Die was made in a “vaccum” kind of, cause the studio was the first life that the songs had, I hadn’t been touring with them. Most of the songs for this next album have already been played live and they’re living every night in every city, they’re coming up against hurdles…they’ve been worked out, like physically worked out in so many different ways, so I think that they’ll have a little bit more of the live feeling on this next album.


Today's album of the year lists:

Philly Weekly
Amy at Shake Your Fist
Yeshiva College's The Commentator
Edward Champion
Chartattack
Boomkat


Stereogum (and its readers) share indie holiday downloads.


Author Ursula K. LeGuin discusses J.K. Rowling.

"I didn't feel she ripped me off, as some people did," she says quietly, "though she could have been more gracious about her predecessors. My incredulity was at the critics who found the first book wonderfully original. She has many virtues, but originality isn't one of them. That hurt."


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