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March 30, 2006

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Matt Pond of Matt Pond PA talks to the Anchorage Daily News.

"We're getting closer and closer to closing the distance between who we are and what we mean to say or mean to play," he explained. "I know that sounds kind of hippie-ish, but we're coming more direct and focused every time (we record)."


Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap talks to the Daily Northwestern about the band's last album, The Last Romance.

“The album is a concept album,” Moffat explains. “It starts fairly obvious (but) there is a happy ending for a change. There usually isn’t a happy ending in the Arab Strap world.”


The Lexington Herald-Leader examines a new form of southern women's literature.

Forget moonlight and magnolias.

Forget, for the moment, Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor -- brilliant, sure, but a bit on the prickly, high-falutin', dark side of the literary fence.

Instead, let us pay tribute to a new form of Southern women's literature, featuring short skirts and flirts, "passion parties" and faithless skinflint husbands, exquisite decor and crystalline moments of pleasure at country stores over an icy bottle of Yoo-Hoo.

Perhaps this genre -- in which we include authors Ronda Rich, Ann B. Ross and Emyl Jenkins -- is a Southern suburb of chick lit.


Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley and the Elected talks to the Toronto Star.

"That's always been something I like — something that's poppy and easy to listen to, but the message is a little darker. `Out on the Weekend' by Neil Young is a perfect example of that. I'm just a fan of sad lyrics with happy music."


Singer-songwriter Neko Case talks to the Toronto Sun.

"Basically, the only way you can make music that's unique is not to think about it too hard. You have to trust that your self will come through. I'm uneducated about music in terms of scale and structure and terminology, so I don't know what's possible and what isn't, and that can be good. Sometimes the guys will come in and say, 'What made you put that chord with that chord?' And I'll say, 'I don't know, it just seemed to work.' And they laugh at me, but lovingly."


Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady talks to Dirt.

"A lot of the rock that's out there celebrates an element that's kind of stupid, like the stoner rock, or garage rock where you dress up in the same suits and jump around," Finn said earlier.

"There aren't a lot of rock bands that are like, 'OK, we're a standard rock band, but we really want to be intelligent and talk about some stuff that's interesting. It shouldn't be so rare, but it kind of is."


Kansas City's Pitch Weekly bemoans the losses of independent record stores in the city.


Equanimity posted a YouTube video of singer-songwriter Franklin Bruno performing "Two Knives."


Stream recently posted songs on Largehearted Boy via the ever-useful Hype Machine.


The Telegraph eulogizes author Stanislaw Lem, as does the Prelinger Library Blog.


Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows talks to Flagpole.

“It has [changed] in the way that we play live and we totally rock out,” says McCaughey, noting that most of his songs now go to the Minus 5. “It doesn’t mean there’s still not a place for the Fellows, I mean, when the time is right. There are certain things about the Fellows that just can’t be recreated elsewhere. That’s kind of this camaraderie we have on-stage.”

McCaughey also speaks to the University of Georgia's Red and Black about the difference between playing with the Minus 5 and REM.

“I guess I have a different role in R.E.M. than what I have in the Minus 5,” he said. “With the Minus 5, I have to talk to the audience and bridge that gap between the audience and the stage. In R.E.M., that’s Michael’s responsibility, and I’m just there to play the music.”


Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips discusses five of his favorite albums with MP3.com.


Suicide Girls interviews Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner of Mates of State.

DRE: Did you guys ever meet William Burroughs?

Kori: I ran into him at a Hallmark once. I just sat there and gawked at him. His boyfriend was with him. He was buying a huge stack of porn and cigars.


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