February 1, 2006
Is Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock the new Morrissey? The Onion A.V. Club reports he's writing songs with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.
Under the Radar & Tag team Media are joining up for a SXSW party including performances by Jason Collett, Most Serene Republic, Serena Maneesh and others. I wish I could attend SXSW this year, if only for the intimate barbecues and parties...
"It seems word gets around in a different way due to the Internet, and it might reach more people. But that has caused an adverse reaction to local music. I think that big bands are bigger and small bands are probably smaller... I don't know if that is true or not, but it seems about right."
"I don't mean to complain, it just feels strange trying to say to myself that I live as a working musician. But I am pretty comfortable with it, and I'm looking forward to growing in the role."
Are you looking forward to your SXSW showcase on this tour?
I always do, but these conferences aren't my favorite things. The idea of all the artists being there together is really fun, because there's lots of people you don't see unless you're on tour. Like, I cannot wait to see Erase Errata. But for the most part, CMJ, SXSW, all that shit is a circle jerk for industry hounds. It's supposed to be for exposure, but if you really don't give a shit about exposure, it doesn't pay off. Except for sometimes you get free Converse, and that rules.
Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett talk to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about their side projects.
Women of the Beat is an online resource dedicated to the women of the Beats (I know, duh).
It's hard to say why these books are so offensive. They're a cross between Dave Eggers's precocious preciousness and Nick Hornby's constant namedropping, but they manage to multiply the level of annoying.
Chalkhills lists the "ten essential songs about superheroes." (an old link, but a good one)
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