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January 27, 2006


Flagpole interviews singer-songwriter Robert Pollard about his inaugural solo tour (which started last night in Athens).

Flagpole: Are there any misconceptions you’d like to clear up? Anything in particular you’d like to get off your mind before you start the tour?

Robert Pollard: They won’t be seeing Guided By Voices. That band will not be there. I have a whole new band, which is right now actually out practicing on their own in L.A. because I’m lazy. I’m not quite sure how these guys are as far as consumption of alcohol is concerned, but I’ll probably carry on pretty much the same way as I always do.

Pollard also talks to the Washington Post about the economics of life as an indie rocker.

"I'm thinking of doing an auction with my collages. I have a lot of them and they're all one of a kind, so I'm sure people will want to buy them. If I'm not making much touring or on advances for albums, I don't see what the problem is, though some people think that's gouging fans. I'd disagree. It's about trying to stay afloat and looking at the future. Hopefully the future will hold enough for me to start doing some soundtracks."

Stylus lists their "top ten worst albums of the week."

Alasdair Maclean of the Clientele talks to Popmatters.

"When we play some of more of the up-tempo numbers, like 'Since K Got Over Me' and 'E.M.P.T.Y.' -- people dance. There's even people who do an 'E.M.P.T.Y.' dance. They spell out the letters with their bodies. That's like the big tradition at Clientele shows instead of smooching, I think."

The Columbia Spectator delves into the independent music prizes, the New Pantheon and PLUG awards. (Voting is open until January 31st for the PLUG awards)

In the BBC's "Manchester Passion" program, Jesus will sing, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," and is catching the eye of the religious community

Canon Robin Gamble, canon evangelist at Manchester Cathedral, has been tasked with encouraging churchgoers to attend the event.

"I wouldn't know a Buzzcock from a ballcock so I couldn't really comment on the music. All I can say is that they are not doing a Christian service, it is a piece of contemporary theatre and that is going to get people to think about the story in modern terms," he said.

Torontoist pits Canadian musical artists against each other.

In the Guardian, Dave Eggers remembers his musical infatuation with the June Brides.

We rode back to Vintage Vinyl three more times to collect their next three EPs - In the Rain, Sunday to Saturday and This Town, and unlike the other bands we knelt before, this band didn't ever disappoint us. They just made gorgeous and very personal, very literate and messy rock music, they left the rough edges rough, and the unassuming nature of the recordings made the songs so human and fragile they sounded as if they had been recorded, drunkenly, in a living room lined with books.

IGN lists the "fifty best songs you didn't hear in 2005."

Rory Atwell (and the rest of the band) of Test Icicles talks to the Japan Times.

"People are intrigued by us, and they don't know what to make of us, and we don't know what to make of us so we can't tell them. There are all these kids who are so into what we are doing, and if we play really badly or if we are having a night when we really don't want to be there, we still can't escape them. They are waiting for us to do something, waiting for us to change their lives."

The New pantheon Awards have been rescheduled (from February to March).

Guitarist Kaki King talks to Flagpole.

“I do all the singing, too,” says King, of upcoming recording sessions for a new album. “I might incorporate more vocals and various other [instrumental] textures. Why not try something new?”

The American Library Association lists its 2006 top ten books for young adults.

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