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March 3, 2006


Indiesecretsoc interviews my favorite online radio personality, No Love For Ned. (the interview is from 2004)

when i listen to your archived shows, i get excited listening from one song to the next, you play some of the best indie music on the net that i know of. would you mind letting us know what songs currently constantly in your head throughout your busy schedule of the day? any bands you are particularly fond of and why are you so fond of them?

well, currently i can't get enough of black cab by jens lekman. i often try and start each show off with the sort of song you can't get out of your head for a week... [black cab starts off the latest show, 03/08/2004]. i'm generally listening to music all day at work, some of my favorite recent albums have been by howard hello, the pines, bobby birdman...

Stereogum gets some love (in the form of a namecheck) from Bob Mould in an Edmonton Sun interview.

"The next step is people have to filter it, which has been happening with MP3 blogs and websites like Pitchfork and Stereogum. Whoever controls distribution wins the game."

Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes talks to the Boston Globe.

"Our audience has noticeably changed," says OM frontman Kevin Barnes. ''There was a time when we could play anything live. Now it's maybe 15 percent of the audience that knows the older stuff -- a lot of people have only seen the [MTV] video or heard the radio song."

The Chicago Tribune lists their 50 best web sites.

Stylus lists the top ten power ballads.

Metromix interviews Mogwai guitarist Stuart Brathwaite.

Maybe instead of mouthing off on your web site, you should vent some of your disgust in a song.

Having a go at someone for writing crap songs and then writing a crap song about it? Nah. It'd be like art imitating life; it'd just be awful! [Laughs] I think one of the reasons we don't have any words in our songs is because we're not confident that the lyrics that we write are strong enough to actually hold a song up. I mean, once you've heard [Bob Dylan's] "Like a Rolling Stone," it's hard to think you could write something as apt. Maybe one day I'll wake up with the powers of poetic genius, but I'm not holding my breath.

Harp interviews Eartha Kitt and Nellie McKay.

Harp: You're saying that your stage persona is pretty close to who you are in real life.

McKay: I just know that onstage I'm more obnoxious.

Kitt: Now, why would you say that?

McKay: Because you know what you want to get across, whereas I usually feel a little lost onstage. I'm not exactly sure where I am or what I'm doing there.

LoudSpeakers at InternmentCamp is running a podcast introduction to Guided By Voices series.

Even Dolly Parton is a Sarah Harmer fan, Harmer confesses to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The beautiful cover of "Will He Be Waiting for Me" even received Dolly Parton's stamp of approval.

"I got a fax from Dolly on Valentine's Day: It was so nice," Harmer said. "She said, 'I was blown away by your version of the song.' It was really thrilling. I'm going to frame it."

Danoel Treacy of Television Personalies speaks to the Independent about his future plans.

"I'm frustrated at how long it's taken the album to come out but that's the nature of the music business. I'm sure there'll be a follow-up but I've also been offered a book contract and my first art show. I'm leaning toward making movies, I've got a lot of good friends and a lot of ideas I want to explore," he smiles.

The Long Blondes talk to the Guardian about finding the right record label.

"We've had a lot of offers but we've not yet found the perfect label. We have to make sure we make the right decision," adds Jackson. Artistic freedom is high on their wish list - "along with cold, hard cash, of course", says Screech, who has coupled up with Hollis and is named after the geek from US teen TV classic Saved by the Bell.

Lying in States drummer Mark Benson talks to Rolling Stone about Chicago's music scene.

"The diversity of the scene is probably one of the coolest parts about it. That's definitely been good for us, because we've always wanted to -- from song to song, record to record -- do something we hadn't done yet."

Depeche Mode has translated their song, "Suffer Well," into "Simlish" for The Sims 2 Open For Business.

Author Neil Gaiman describes the connection between comics and film in the Guardian.

I started to suspect that there might be a cultural sea change occurring a few years ago, when The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was released. It was not the first time that a bad film had been made from a good comic, not by a long shot, but it was the first time that the world at large seemed aware of this.

The shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize have been announced.

Forbes profiles Tower Records' upcoming digital music offerings.

Author Stephen King talks about his love for Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers in Entertainment Weekly.

Although I'm an alt-country freak (think Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Uncle Tupelo, and Ryan Adams' old band Whiskeytown), I never heard of DD and the Truckers when they were still trying to make it, even though I live in Maine and they were a Maine band. Maine, you see, is a big state divided into two parts: Portland and all the rest of it. The Long Haul Truckers were Portland-based and I live considerably north of there, in that part of the state where everyone's favorite color is John Deere green.

Alabama author Harper Lee has a Wikipedia entry. is an online catalog for your DVDs, CDs, games, and other media.

The Guardian covers self-publishing in the UK.

Print on demand enables unsigned authors to publish their books without having to pay for the first 500 or 1,000 copies, as they are simply downloaded from a data base to be printed copy by copy as required. This is leading to an unexpected growth area - the re-publishing of out-of-print books going back for centuries.

Newsvine covers author Kurt Vonnegut's appearance at Ohio State Wednesday.

Then Kurt Vonnegut said something that surprised me and most of the other people in the room. He said that the very first time he had ever spoken on a college campus for money was here at Ohio State, many years ago. And he said that this evening was the very last such speech he would ever do. It was oddly touching and somehow terribly sad to hear this bit of news.

American Scientist lists "100 or so books that shaped a century of science."


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