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March 6, 2006


Berkeley Place won my heart with this post, "Drive-By Truckers: A to Z."

Ed Champion's collaborative Oscar blog was entertaining. I added a couple of posts and comments before my DSL went out for a short period, during which time I decided to finish Julian Barnes' Arthur & George, and turn off the television. When my internet connection was once again alive, I settled for the Oscars broadcast on mute and read the play-by-play online.

Dose lists bands that caught their ear during Canadian Music Week.

The Manchester Evening News gives the new Morrissey album, Ringleader of the Tormenters, four out of five stars.

I Will See You In Far Off Places raises the chequered flag on the record with an eastern, almost baggy groove coupled with synthetic percussion and blazing guitars.

Should Morrissey ever disappear with Kasabian for a fortnight in Tunisia, this could well be the end result and stomps satisfyingly through to a trademark, yodelling conclusion.

The Nashville City Paper lists summer camp books and films.

Popmatters eulogizes Don Knotts. sells Philly concert posters (I have this one).

Billboard reports on the British government lending a hand to musicians to help them conquer America.

On March 3, Secretary of State for trade and industry Alan Johnson announced a series of initiatives to "help British music companies break into the American market."

"From the Beatles through David Bowie to Coldplay, the U.K. music scene has always led the world, but we have not always capitalised on our talent to break America," Johnson says. "I want to ensure that government works with the industry and our best artists to showcase talent in the U.S."

The Guardian examines the flourishing sexagenarians in the British music charts.

There were three new entries in last week's British album chart, all from McCartney's contemporaries: Neil Diamond, 65, Dolly Parton, just 60, and Ray Davies of the Kinks, 61. Welcome to sexagenarian rock'n'roll.

Did Victory Records try to undermine sales of Def Jam artist Ne-Yo to take the top spot in the Billboard 200? An incriminating e-mail from the Victory street team leader looks pretty bad.

In the e-mail, it appears that Victory street team director Abby Valentine urges reps to tamper with Ne-Yo‘s sales potential. "If you were to pick up (a) handful of Ne-Yo CDs, as if you were about to buy them, but then changed your mind and didn‘t bother to put them back in the same place," the message read, "that would work ... just relocating a handful creates issues."

Stereophile wonders if the iPod is a threat or menace to audiophiles.

Are "big-rig" stereos ready for the scrap heap of history? Heck no, not as long as some of us still hear—and value—the difference. However, if most people expect to carry their music libraries around in their shirt pockets, high-end systems will increasingly seem inconsequential to them unless audio manufacturers begin making it easy to connect and control iPods and their ilk.

Music For Robots whittled down SXSW's offering of 942 mp3s to 79 deemed essential.

Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale talks to Drowned in Sound.

So what is the best thing about being in Wolfmother?

Just being able to play our songs in front of an audience and getting a momentum going. Even now, we have to pinch ourselves and go "how did it get to this?" I suppose the other side of the coin is not to get too carried away with the possibility of fame, y'know, stay realistic. People are too obsessed with fame at the moment without any justification for the adulation. It can be a double edged sword in that it creates a false sense of ego and when the whole furore around you dies down its hard to get that scope for normality back. I guess we've all lived enough life to be able to maintain some kind of perspective so...


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