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January 16, 2006


From the Internet Archive: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech (text also available).

"I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."

The Guardian profiles the Noisettes, "Britain's best live band."

The Portland State University Vanguard previews 2006 album releases.

Newsday reviews Robert Pollard's album, From a Compound Eye.

Popmatters interviews the No-Neck Blues band.

"We historically don't do interviews," said the NNCK member, "but because we have made something of a move toward the consumer culture by doing a record with this record label [5RC], we...[decided] to do a little bit and see what happens. We haven't really been pleased with it. So this may be the last one."

January magazine reviews the remastered anniversary edition of DC Comics' Absolute Watchmen.

It's big and important and brilliant and insufferable. It's mythic; it's gritty. It's awesome and it's dumb.

Flagpole lists 15 Athens releases "that should make 2006 worth living."

Variety reviews Sufjan Stevens' Lincoln Center performance.

An interesting fact: Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell once played in Bo Bice's band.

After the show I learned a fun fact about Jason Isbell: he used to play in Bo Bice's band! Like, a million years ago. He didn't want me to share that but I thought it was pretty hilarious. I asked Jason what he thought of the American Idol runner-up's success. "It's terrible! But he's better at that than he is at making pizza." There you have it.

(A much less interesting fact: I sat next to Bo Bice's step-grandmother Saturday night at my niece's pageant)

Birdmonster is keeping a studio journal as they record their debut full-length.


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