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January 13, 2006


Keith Murray of We Are Scientists talks to the Detroit Free Press.

"And then, somehow, by the time SXSW came along last year, we had just -- and I legitimately really don't know why and we really weren't even aware of it at the time -- had just become one of the few bands that every label was looking at at SXSW. We had no concept of it happening at the time. We were utterly stupefied at the turnout at SXSW. ... It was really all pretty weird. It almost made the whole thing sort of amusing because it felt like we all knew something that everybody else apparently didn't -- that we were some idiot band from Brooklyn."

Emily Haines of Metric talks to the Journal News.

"At the time when the band was coming to life in New York, it was just really strange, like there was no acknowledgement of what I thought was a pretty strong generational angst, you know, and like a palatable malaise," says Haines. "And I thought it was strange that none of the bands, there was like all of this energy, but there was no sense of purpose, other than get rich."

The Boston Globe profiles a local band, the Beatings.

The Yale Daily News lists the definitive singles of 2005 and "ten brilliant albums from '05 everyone should own."

Popmatters writers list their "slipped discs" of 2005, overlooked albums.

Kevin Barnes of "indie dance pop project Of Montreal" talks to the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

"The last couple albums have been so dance-y. Usually, with an indie rock audience, they stand around with crossed arms, and this is not like that at all. It's all about getting sweaty. So come with your dancing shoes."

Stylus lists ten "totally audacious samples in pop."

Stream yesterday's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's set from WXPN's World Cafe.

Jonathan Meiburg of Okkervil River and Shearwater talks to ChartAttack.

"Indie rock is such a giant category that it's kind of meaningless," he says. "We talk about budget rock, which is a little more descriptive.

"It's indie rock if you don't have a lot of money. It doesn't seem like what we're doing is all that strange, so I don't understand why it's so hard to describe it that way, but it is."

In the Village Voice, Nick Sylvester has fun with the recent glut of indie music awards.

Parallel Johnny offers 5 tips to keep your nano fresh. I finished Kim Cooper's 33 1/3 book on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea the other day, and instantly refreshed my nano by putting 4GB of Elephant6 music on the iPod. The book is a must-read for any fan of the E6 collective or NMH.

Author Dennis Cooper blogs.

A Christmas Yuleblog is a holiday mp3 blog that launched earlier this month (it's never to early to start making that 2006 holiday mix).

Author Susie Bright thinks the whole JT LeRoy scam smells like slash fiction. (see also: her original post on the subject)


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