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March 2, 2006


The Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner is keeping a tour diary at Jane magazine.

Belle and Sebastian's keyboard player, Chris Geddes, speaks to Swarthmore's college newspaper, the Phoenix.

MB: With “The Life Pursuit” getting rave reviews, this must be a very exciting tour for Belle and Sebastian. Do you have any expectations for the upcoming weeks?

CG: It is quite an important time for the band. I think the tour is going to be a bit different for us than previous tours because we’re not taking extra violin players with us that we’ve had for the last few times, so it’s going to be nice doing shows where it’s just us.

Lou Barlow talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about the Dinosaur Jr reunion.

Just don't go hoping to hear your favourite Dinosaur Jr songs from the '90s. The resurrected band's set list is derived from those first three albums. Luckily, Barlow still likes those songs.

"They're great, really interesting," Barlow says.

Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis talks to the San Diego Union-Tribune about her solo effort.

“Well, I think there's this new wave of music that hopefully that song doesn't fit in,” Lewis said. “You know, this sort of 'American therapy rock,' with Lindsay Lohan screaming about her father and shooting a video where she's wearing a ballgown and crying. With 'Rabbit,' there's quite a bit of storytelling and there are elements that resonate with me. But it's a tale, a moral tale, more than a personal account of my upbringing.”

PR stunts are nothing new, the Guardian ponders if the 1913 riot that accompanied the opening of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" was manufactured.

Clea Hantman is a writer of books aimed at young adults, but also an mp3 blogger. Yer Little Sister is like my "book notes" feature, but has authors of children's books creating playlists for their works. Small Ages offers music for children that isn't childish.

Todd A is marketing his first book, Being Good, with a twist, offering it to bloggers as a free e-book.

Raleigh's Independent Weekly asks Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers five questions.

3. If the Gallaghers from Oasis fought The Avetts, would Scott and Seth need your help?

[Laughs.] Of course they would.

The New York Times examines bloggers publishing their online writings using

The New York Public Library has bought author William Burroughs' extensive personal archive.

Oliver Harris, a professor of English at Keele University who edited a collection of Burroughs' letters published in 1993, said the archive offered unprecedented insight into Burroughs' work in the 1960s and 1970s. "My sense is that it will really change the picture of Burroughs that scholars have known," he said. "No one has really done a scholarly job on those periods because it was not possible."

YouTube offers a surprising amount of shoegaze videos.

Nick Sylvester rips blogs that post entire albums for download.

Not really looking to get into the morality discussion, or the "what blogs can and can't do, what's a blog's real function, etc" one. We can take for granted that upping a new album from a living, breathing artist who supports himself off this stuff or wants to--that's pretty shitty, even if you disclaim that "All music posted here is for a 24 hour testing period. It is not my responsibility to make sure that you follow these rules, it is your own. I will not be held accountable."

see also: mp3 blogger forum discussion on the same topic lists their top 200 albums of all time (top 20 in ten categories).

Garrick Van Buren picks ten favorites from the 2006 SXSW mp3 offerings.


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