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February 23, 2006


Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon talks to the Telegraph.

"I don't believe genre-hopping is in any way a musical development," says Coxon. "When Blur wanted to move on, I wasn't finished with where we were. I'm still not bored with what I think is my heritage. I don't feel the need to hunt down inspiration from anywhere else. It's all right there in the ground under my feet."

Popmatters interviews Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich.

You guys opened for Wilco not too long ago. What was that experience like?

That was a new thing for us. We played in venues much bigger and fancier than anything we ever played in before. For us, it was a challenge to try to communicate our music in that sort of environment. Have you ever seen that Led Zeppelin DVD that came out a couple of years ago? It's quite incredible -- here was a band coming of age playing in stadiums. It wasn't an accident that they sounded that good. Just through trial and error, they learned how to have their music come across in that kind of environment, which is kind of a rarity and difficult to pull off.

Stylus takes a second listen to Nirvana's Nevermind album.

So there it is: a muscular distillation of indie id and punk minimalism, a good record that rode some magic confluence into world-beater status. History shows that Nirvana’s legacy was largely financial.

From 1992, a Playboy interview with authors Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut.

Drowned in Sound interviews the Books.

Do you see anyone out there as your contemporaries?

PdJ: "That's more for journalists like yourself to decide than for us. I guess lately we've been listening to a lot of Captain Beefheart. We both found it so inspiring... the absurdism. Absurdism is important. Humour is the perfect back door to the profound. It's a great way to bring listeners to a point of arrival that they never expected to reach."

The New York Times profiles Dan Bejar of Destroyer and the New Pornographers. interviews Ted Casey, head of Verizon's mobile music store. And will mobile music eat into or complement the existing digital music market? Why?

TC: A popular question many people ask me is “Do I still need my iPod?” I believe that over time you will see more and more customers asking themselves that question and embracing the benefits of mobile music over what we’ve known as “portable music” in the past few years.

Popmatters eulogizes the sitcom Arrested Development.

Jenny Lewis talked to NPR's All Things Considered yesterday about her album with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat.

The Los Angeles Times compares the lives of Michael Jackson and Oscar Wilde.

I Love Music is listing zombie songs.

Forbes lists the ten best movies about money.

T-shirt(s) of the day: theremins.

Drag City offers the new Loose Fur video, "Hey Chicken," via YouTube.

No Love For Ned has Mandarin Dynasty perform in-studio on this week's edition of the streaming radio show.

Paste has an online poll for the best living songwriter.


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