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April 26, 2006

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Aloha guitarist/vocalist Tony Cavallario talks to Pulse of the Twin Cities.

“Aloha was the first band I ever wrote songs for,” reflects Cavallario. “I feel like the first 10 songs you write are given to you from birth. You don’t even think about it because it just comes out of your soul—you can never recapture that feeling. Now it’s much more serious; music is more my vocation than it’s ever been. There’s gravity to it but that’s a great thing too. I can wake up and say, ‘Music is what I do.’ I feel like at 28 I couldn’t make music that easily without having that feeling. The bigger it gets and the more gravity there is to the situation, the better we respond as a band. We like the pressure of figuring out what comes next and trying to take it to the next level—we’re not going to settle. We don’t make music to meet anyone’s expectations but our own, but by the same token every time we make a record and we make our label happy—our family and friends happy—it’s a cool thing. The fact that we have some serious fans now, people who follow us and wonder how we’re doing, that’s all exciting. I know for a fact that I could never live without making music and I know I always will do it, but right now I’m definitely enjoying what’s going on and the way things seem to be headed.”


The Seattle Times interviews Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack.

Q: In Europe, Massive Attack is huge. Are you still working on America?

A: We never came with that kind of agenda to crack America, as they call it. We're a hybrid, so we can't get easily boxed as dance or hip-hop or rock or electronica. We do have a really cool, solid, curious fan base in America. Why we never crossed-over into the mainstream, I don't know. We may never. But it's never been something we've been obsessed about.


Audiobook downloads are increasing at the Chicago Public Library.


The San Jose Mercury News calls for more "timely and relevant" summer reading lists for students.


ClickZ shares some blog reader demographics for music, political, gossip and "mom" blogs.


Pulse of the Twin Cities reviews Scott Walker's The Drift on the fly.


Popmatters profiles the LA band, Silversun Pickups.


Stylus finds a magical musical moment in Cat Power's "He War."


The Onion A.V. Club lists "Simpsons quotes for everyday use," and interviews Matt Groening.

AVC: What was the holdup to getting a Simpsons movie made?

MG: The TV show is something we work on year-round, so we don't have a staff of animators and writers and producers sitting around waiting for us to say "Go." We're always working on the TV show, and it didn't seem that it was worth doing a movie unless we had a great story and could do something that justified people pulling a $10 bill out of their wallet. We also wanted to wait until it cost $10 to go to the movies. [Laughs.]

Also in the A.V. Club this week, 15 animated films for grown-ups.


Mogwai bassist Dominic Atchison talks to the Herald about the band's new manager, Scot Alan McGee.

McGee's promotional talent has also come in handy: one carefully placed comment comparing Mr Beast to seminal artrock record Loveless by My Bloody Valentine all but reinvigorated Mogwai's relationship with the music press.

"Getting in the NME again is a minor miracle," laughs Aitchison. "Although I was mortified when I first read that comparison, it has worked. I suppose he said it to get people talking about the record; he's not daft."


Maja Ivaarson of the Sounds talks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about the band's Blondie comparisons.

"The Blondie thing is flattering because it's a great band," she continues. "At the same time, I can see why people want to be their own band. But I think it's kind of silly to get upset about it, because every band that you've been listening to since you were a kid has been compared to something before that. It's the way it works."


Pinback lists and discusses five great albums for MP3.com.


Suicide Girls interviews Sam Forrest of Nine Black Alps.

Daniel Robert Epstein: How has the US tour been going so far?

Sam Forrest: It's going okay. We're sound checking at the Bowery Ballroom at the moment. I don't think we've cracked the States just yet, but we're nearly there. We'll be bigger than Coldplay by Christmas.


Stereogum shares a track, "The Henney Buggy Band," from the new Sufjan Stevens album, The Avalanche: Outtakes And Extras From The Illinois Album.


Authors and entertainers recommend overlooked books for the Guardian.


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