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February 9, 2006

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Guitarist Greg Whelan of the Wrens talks to the Daily Northwestern.

“We have young kids who come to the shows who are into the records,” Whelan says. “Then we have the people who we knew throughout the years who will come. And then you’ve got older people. The fact of us being older. The drummer’s got kids. We’ve all got shitty day jobs. I think a lot of people our age can actually kind of relate to us. We kind of enjoy the fact that we’re kind of like them but we’re doing this. Different age groups have been able to pick up different things on it, which has been really cool and really weird.”


Bassist JP Caballeros of Dios (Malos) talks to NOW Toronto.

"People are more complex than just liking one thing exclusively. A lot of bands make careers out of having 12 songs on a record that all sound like one song, and even that one song isn't very good. There are a lot of bands that probably bought the second Interpol record and are making a career out of it. For us, it's about stimulation and enjoying yourself, and then maybe thinking about the fact that someone's going to listen to it."


Singer-songwriter Jon Langford talks to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"I wish the Handsome Family were the No. 1 band in country music," says Langford. "Or Johnny Dowd, Paul Burch or Trailer Bride, Neko Case — people who have listened hard to the old stuff and understood and then brought that same sort of connection into the present day. … Listening to country radio right now is kind of the same as listening to fantasy music. It's divorced from reality. They might as well be singing about elves and wizards."


Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces talks to the New Haven Advocate.

They've rocked up some songs from Rehearsing My Choir. This is the first tour where Matthew's playing just guitar, not guitar and keyboards and arranged them to work grandmotherless. "Eleanor's doing 75 to 80 percent of the singing" on those songs, Friedberger says. "Or speak-singing. It's her Mark E. Smith impersonation."


Stylus interviews Tirath Singh Nirmala, formerly of Hood.


Wikipedia lists independent record labels and indie rock artists.


No Love For Ned has Swearing at Motorists for an amazing in-studio performance this week on the streaming radio program.


Art Brut's Eddie Argos talks to LA Weekly.


John Defore's San Antonio Current column this week points out helpful books for newcomers to graphic novels and comics.


Willamette Week interviews author Jonathan Ames.

Some of your essays seem too funny to be real, like in that classic essay "I Shat My Pants in the South of France." In the wake of James Frey, have you ever had to prove that you shat your pants in the south of France?

No, but early on, when I was writing for New York Press, they were like, "You can't make anything up." I took that to heart. It never occurred to me to make up wholesale events. So I actually did shit my pants in the south of France, and I have a good friend who was there, if you want his phone number.


Riverfront Times examines the rift between hip hop artists MF Doom and MF Grimm.


Author Harvey Pekar talks to Suicide Girls.

DRE: The Quitter doesn’t have as much of your trademark humor in it. Like you said it’s a grimmer story.

Harvey: I’ve written stories that have been pretty serious before. It didn’t feel any different. I want to write a good story, but it doesn’t have to be a funny story.


Point Alpha Primitive is a wiki devoted to "the meanings behind the music of John Darnielle, focusing on the Alpha Couple and their epic story."


Watch the trailer and clips from "Danielsen: A Family Movie."


Buy an original Wes Freed Painting of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison on eBay.


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