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January 20, 2006


Scopecreep's Robert Burke (who writes Rhapsody Radish) is quoted in a CNET article focusing on the trend toward more accessible digital music.

"Ultimately, there will be a true celestial jukebox, where everything is available," Burke said. "Then you can have playlists available that don't have gaps. That's what I'm trying to get to."

Popmatters interviews author Rick Moody about his musical alter-ego.

PM: You compose most of the lyrics and you also sing on the album, do you find that writing lyrics is much different than writing stories and books? Do they come from the same seed? Does it give you a different type of satisfaction to write lyrics than it does to write fiction?

RM: Yeah, totally. It's a completely different enterprise. The thing I would say about it, besides the fact that I have to rhyme, is that these lyrics were made to do something for this band and to be part of this band, so they're collaborative, in effect. When I make prose for myself, I'm the one who has to put my name on the jacket--nobody else does--which is really reflective of my interests, above and beyond anything else. But in this context I'm trying to make lyrics that Hannah and I can sing and that fit with Wingdale's overall aesthetic concept, which is this old-timey folkish kind of thing. So they're done with a completely different ambition in mind and they were also all done quite fast. In fact, in line with how old folk writers made things, I had a self-imposed regulation, which was that I had to try to write the lyrics in under ten minutes.

NYU's Washington Square news lists its top ten albums of 2005.

Australia's The Age offers a history of American literary hoaxes.

Stylus lists the top ten unexpected movie deaths.

So Much Silence offers the National's September performance on WOXY for download.

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay talks to the Washington Post.

"The next album," McKay adds, "I'd like to have completely protest songs. I get very impatient with my songs that I feel are more platitudinous."

RIP, Wilson Pickett.

Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley talks to the Independent about her solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat.

Lewis semi-jokes that the album represents her "quarter-life crisis" as she approached her 30th birthday, which she celebrated earlier this month. She says she had been looking forward to the landmark. "The closer I got to it, the less it seemed to matter. But I've made it this far, which is a good thing."

The Poster List has a variety of indie show posters for sale from across the country.

Ink 19 lists the top 19 independent albums of 2005.

American literature fans, visit the Beat Museum.

Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian talks to Drowned in Sound about the band's new album, The Life Pursuit (out February 7th).

"When the band came to me and said they wanted to do a record that was arranged and written by them completely themselves, I’ve got to admit I was slightly doubtful. But this record completely vindicates everyone on the record. Everyone’s playing is great. It’ll be Richard's (Colburn) favourite record, because his drumming is so good. It’ll be Bob’s (Kildea) favourite record, because the bass is brilliant. We were more open, more mature perhaps, in the way we worked on this record. I suppose you could say we’ve been heading towards this point for the last five years."

I missed this last month: Preshrunk's Jason Cosper lists his favorite 5 t-shirts of 2005.


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