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February 2, 2006


Tattoo of the day (or probably, my lifetime, I am seriously envious)

The Guardian examines the sonic difference between downloaded lossy-compressed music and retail CDs.

Why are the digital versions less sonically faithful? It's to enable files to be downloaded quickly and ensure that portable players can hold thousands of tracks. Otherwise it would take hours rather than minutes or seconds to download the files.

Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt talks to UGA's Red and Black about his tour with Will Jonson (Centro-matic), Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion).

“There could be a lot of weird energy on stage since we are all frontmen, but when I say weird, I mean it in a positive way,” Chesnutt said.

The tour starts in his hometown of Athens and ends in Atlanta.

“We’re like the Traveling Willburys,” he said. “I’m honored to be included in the mix.”

Inside Bay Area interviews music blogger and columnist Oliver Wang, who is starting a hip hop column for the paper.

Q: What initially drew your interest?

A: First and foremost? The music. I spend time thinking and writing about the social meaning and impact of hip-hop, and I can appreciate good lyricism, but on the most basic, visceral level, it's all about the music.

Stars' Torquil Campbell talks to the StarPhoenix.

What gives Campbell hope is people who will spend money to see art or music, "to stand in a room and let someone else tell them a story," to be part of a group, celebrate and dance.

"They've made the decision. They've been brave enough to come and listen to your music, and listen to any music. And that's such an incredibly positive act. Nobody gets hurt in that."

Cable and Tweed is a new mp3 blog focusing on the Athens/Atlanta scene that kicks off with a 2001 live show by World of Wild Beards (Neutral Milk Hotel).

Part two of artist Kit Malo's appearance on Said the Gramophones "Said the Guest" was posted today, with more new music by Alden Penner.

NPR examines the rise in amateur audio books, classics read by regular people and distributed free over the internet.

The New York Times examines the digital download craze for oldie singles.

Author Jay McInerney is interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about his new novel, The Good Life.

J.F. A few novelists who have written about 9/11 have earned flak for it. Are you worried about that?

J.M. I think Jonathan Safran Foer took some really unfair grief for alleged presumption and exploitation. I think it's outrageous for anyone to question the right of a novelist to try and make sense of and interpret this experience.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird talks to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"There's enough bass, drum, guitar bands out playing pop and rock 'n' roll. My big beef is that what's mostly being thrust at you is loaded down. It's much more affecting to do less and be subtle."

Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett talks to Paste.

“It’s hard being in Rilo Kiley with Jenny, because she’s such a good vocalist and a beautiful singer that you don’t want to sing because you can’t match up,” says Blake Sennett with a laugh.

Author Ayelet Waldman talks to Metroactive about her new novel, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.

The Telegraph reviews recently published sports books. lists the "top 10 must reads in literature."

Oh My Rockness! lists SXSW day parties, showcases, and after party shows.

Drowned In Sound eulogizes the music magazine Comes With A Smile.


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