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March 24, 2006


Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes talks to Flagpole about the band's current success.

“It definitely came as a surprise,” says Barnes, “because we had kind of reached this level, or maybe we were in a valley, for a while, in terms of popularity, and didn’t seem to be growing that much. But then with Satanic Panic things just kind of took off, and even more so on this tour, so that was encouraging.”

Mogwai's Dominic Aitchison lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.

The San Diego Tribune lists "10 top British invaders."

Popmatters interviews Sebadoh's Eric Gaffney.

You do pretty much everything yourself, don't you -- not just writing and recording but putting out records and selling them online. Is that a philosophical thing or is it just easier to get stuff done that way?

Yeah, I am a DIY enthusiast at heart. That much is true. It's a bitch sometimes though, being entirely self-managed, booking my own shows and the Fields of Gaffney tours we did, making the CDs and covers, flyers, mail-order, contacting radio stations and zines. In other words, everything. It's time consuming but something I enjoy doing and fits the level I'm at presently.

Stylus lists the top ten under-appreciated rappers.

Not PC lists the ten most overrated albums in recorded music.

">Episode #27 of the Bat Segundo Show podcast features author Ron Hogan.

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips talks to the Independent.

"Just 10 years ago people could have looked at me and said, 'What do you know? You've got this great life, you're in a rock band and you can do what you want.' But now I can say 'Hey, I know stuff.' If anything, we've accepted that there's limits of optimism and that there's some value in hopelessness. In my mind, all that makes for a more enriched life."

The Independent gives the new Morrissey album, Ringleader of the Tormentors, 3 of 5 stars.

Ringleader of the Tormentors is quite unlike any previous Morrissey or Smiths recording, in that its creator is clearly experiencing the giddy thrill of romance, judging by songs such as "Dear God, Please Help Me" and "To Me You Are a Work of Art".

Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders talks to the Washington Post.

"People rise to fame and come to it pretty quickly over here," Helders says of being England's latest rock sensations. "We don't take it too seriously, but we do talk about it. We've done a lot already, achieved much more than we expected to achieve. It's not the end of the world if it doesn't last forever."

USA Today examines the rising use of portable music players in the workplace.

Two Gallants' Adam Stevens talks to Popmatters about writers.

"I don't really like the word [literature] actually. Anyone can write, but not everyone can necessarily write with a sense of urgency that can slay open the audience. Some well-respected writers don't mean a thing to me because they don't seem to have any veins in their words. I suppose a few who carry the weight in my opinion are Rilke, Rimbaud, Anne Sexton, William Faulkner, Sleepy John Estes."

The San Jose News Mercury examines "the next big thing in women's fiction," erotic romances.

TINPODs are tin iPod cases.


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