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April 19, 2006

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Jim DeRogatis discusses additions to the Pitchfork and Intonation music festivals in the Chicago Sun-Times.


The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the increase in memoirs presented as graphic literature.


John Schmersal of Enon talks to CiN Weekly about his recent move from New York to Philadelphia.

"In New York it seemed like we couldn't keep things set up," Schmersal says. "We shared practice spaces, in these YMCA-type facilities where you're smashed together with bands, so we'd have to work a lot quicker. In this (new) place, we play things out a little bit more. We're always recording things in the basement."


The Boston Globe examines the rising use of profanity in book and film titles.


Slate wonders why Thelonious Monk won the Pulitzer Prize in music this year.


The Guardian offers an exclusive Dresden Dolls mp3 download.

"Dirty Business" [mp3]


Greensboro's Yes! Weekly profiles local music blog, the Music Collective.


Popmatters interviews Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5.

Bringing new people into the project - "new blood", as he calls it - is nice, he said. A fringe benefit of using Meloy on the track "Cemetery Row" is that the legions of loyal Decemberists fans are checking out the Minus 5.

"I didn't really think of it at the time; I didn't really know they were that popular," he said. At a recent show, he said, The indie kids were out there. They were probably saying, 'Who are those old f*ckers up there?' But I think we won them over."


Harp interviews Mike Skinner of the Streets about drugs and gambling.

Harp: Because of your openness, do you ever worry about being a target of a drug investigation?

Skinner: No. I think because I’m honest, I’m not a target. With the British papers, the only the angle they can find is an inconsistency. So if you’re on kids’ TV or reading the news or something, and you get found doing drugs, it’s like, “That’s very naughty,” and it’s a big scandal. But if you got a photo of me doing drugs, that’s not a scandal. In fact, I could give you photos of me doing drugs.


The Tufts Daily interviews singer-songwriter Rhett Miller.


IGN lists the top ten female rappers.


Gary Louris talks to Billboard about touring with his Jayhawks bandmate, Mark Olson.

There's obviously an audience for it and we like to do it. Sure, it's a bit of a money-maker, it's a job, but it's going to be fun," Louris tells Billboard.com. "One of the really appealing parts is to hang out with Mark and be friends again."


The Independent and NME review the Manchester show that opened Morrissey's European tour.


LAist lists the week's top five CD releases.


A high school teacher is using quilting to help teach literature.

“Quilting has helped the overall classroom experience. We have learned to be creative and symbolic in a new and interesting way. I have learned how to use new skills and to work with others. These projects have been a fun and entertaining way to learn about English,” says student Katie Pierce.


Opera News interviews Stephin Merritt about his new album, Showtunes.

ON: Your work with Shi-Zheng seems to have become a launching point for more collaborative projects. You’ve got another musical and a soundtrack in the works.

SM: It’s not collaborative, in that I have no input in the books [they are based on]. It’s more parasitic. It’s still me getting my lyric ideas from something other than wherever I get them now. Well, I usually have some kind of framework. So it’s not really different from how I usually work actually. 69 Love Songs was as many different kinds of love song as possible. It’s not an intellectually difficult exercise. I knew what I was doing. And Chinese opera is actually not a very foreign thing to me, because I grew up on Brecht as well.


The reviews are coming in for the Drive-By Truckers new album, A Blessing and a Curse:

liveDaily: "Not unlike those two legends, "A Blessing and a Curse" find the Truckers once again delivering yet another stellar batch music in the form of raw, imaginative Southern rock."

The Onion A.V. Club: "Neo-Southern-rock stalwarts Drive-By Truckers have finally reached the hazy place where their ancestors Jason & The Scorchers and Drivin' N' Cryin' once landed, and they now seem to be struggling with how beholden they want to be to a tradition of heavy stomp and deep twang."

Cleveland Free Times: "Ultimately, the best part of A Blessing and a Curse is that the songs don't sound forced. They sound like they were written because they needed to exist."


Too $hort has little room for modesty while discussing his five "most essential albums" for mp3.com.


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