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April 16, 2006


Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and other artists talk to the Boston Globe about protest music.

''I'm not really under the impression that singing songs about ending a war can do anything," says Coyne. ''They're just songs. But I think singing is like praying. It changes you. It gives you some reason to scream into the dark. There are elements of the world you can't control so you battle them the best way you can.

''People will say, 'Wayne, are you interested in politics?' I say, 'Not as interested as I am in making music. Otherwise, I'd run for office.' "

Drive-By Trucker talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He grew up in Muscle Shoals, "a real small conservative Bible Belt town," where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding came to record. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards showed up in 1969 and cut "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses."

"It was almost like your dad was part of the Manhattan Project," he says. "The Stones came to town and nobody knew."

The New York Times examines the online explosion of Fibonacci poems.

Billboard interviews Iggy Pop about the Stooges reunion.

Q: Why reunite now?

A: I'd sort of run out of ideas. I ran through everything, all the permutations. I got to the point on my last (solo) record, "Skull Ring" (in 2003), where I just threw it open and did a guest-oriented album. I had resisted doing a Stooges reunion, but when I was putting "Skull Ring" together, the two brothers (Stooges founding members Ron and Scott Asheton) were getting really active on the road playing Stooges songs. Suddenly they were in sight and in mind. I thought, "If I'm going to try a couple tracks with Green Day, why not get the original band?"

The Times Online lists 10 reasons PJ Harvey has "insinuated herself into music fans’ imaginations in 1992, and has remained there ever since.."

Bookslut's Jessa Crispin gives a personal eulogy for author Stanislaw Lem in the Book Standard.

It wasn’t just his writing—sharp, political and funny as hell—that drew me in. His commentary and interviews about the state of science fiction and the squandered potential of most American SF made me rethink my approach to the entire genre. Science fiction isn’t just about cowboys in space—or, at least, the good science fiction isn’t. For Lem, it was about writing satire without being noticed by the censors, and for a lot of writers, it was about a different way to tell a story or get an idea across. Lem led me by the hand back to the books I didn’t realize I had been missing.

The Observer lists three standout audiobooks.

The Times Online asks film director David Attenborough what is on his iPod.

“Every major classical work since Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 — it’s a 45-gig iPod — all Beethoven symphonies, all Mahler and, yes, yes, Emmylou Harris.”

The Canadian Press focuses on blogs and online radio as options for finding new music.

"Before the breakthrough of the Unicorns and Arcade Fire, there wasn't that sensibility amongst mainstream media outlets that indie music had any value or had any audience," said Spitzer, a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Guelph, Ont.

"(The bloggers) wanted to share their musical discoveries and may have been frustrated at not seeing their favourite bands reviewed in the newspapers. It really grew organically as an alternative network for music fans to come together."

Jamie Cullum talks about the music he enjoys with the Times Online.

I love most types of music: Sufjan Stevens’s Come on Feel the Illinoise, Late Registration by Kanye West, and Apologies to the Queen Mary by Wolf Parade. I also like Sander Kleinenberg and Miles Davis. I listen to TalkSport, Radio 4 and Gilles Peterson on Radio 1.

The AskMetafilter community helps a lapsed indie rock fan get back in the genre's musical loop.

Thanks to Lalitree for pointing out the TETRAN, an amazingly cute (and useful) cable winder.

Billboard examines the big Chicago music festivals from Intonation, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza.


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