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April 27, 2006


The Tufts Daily News chronicles Mission of Burma's Clint Conley's visit to a "History of Punk Rock" class.

Conley, who said he's "always felt more like a fan of music than a 'rock star,'" originally channeled that "explosion" into a new band, Consonant. But once he was playing again, the possibility of a Burma reunion naturally arose, and the possibility soon became a reality: "Those guys were up for it," Conley said simply, "and it worked out."

Toronto's Metro News previews Saturday's "Women of Comics" symposium, which will include Jessica Abel, Jill Thompson, and many other artists.

“To me this is more of a highlight of the medium itself than just about women in it,” says award-winning cartoonist Jill Thompson, one of nearly two dozen top female creators set to descend on the city this weekend for the Women Of Comics symposium at the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon.

“It’s showing that comics are just a form of storytelling and here’s the women telling these types of stories, look how different they are, however the venue they’re choosing to tell the stories in is the constant.”

Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture talks to about the band's latest album, First Impressions of Earth.

"After the last album we all wanted to play something much different, where you could notice that something had changed," says bassist Nikolai Fraiture. "We didn't want to just pass it off as 'the third one.' In the same way that we're challenging ourselves, our listeners are hopefully being challenged. I think the majority of people would have been disappointed with the same record."

Make your own CD shelving solution with help from ReadyMade.

The New York Press examines the career trajectory of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Tapes 'N Tapes signed to XL Records yesterday.

Richard Edwards of Margot and the Nuclear So and So's talks to the Riverfront Times about a recent MTV News spot that featured the band

"I never had cable growing up, so I never watched TV. MTV kinda represents something I'm not too fond of. It's nice they put us on there for a minute. Maybe Artemis paid them off. Seriously, I think a couple of people running that segment legitimately liked us."

Islands' drummer J'aime Tambour talks to Tucson Weekly.

"We didn't want to make a rock or an indie-rock record at all, and we were kind of starting to make a rock record in L.A., so that's why we went back to Montreal--to think things through. There were a lot of influences we wanted to try to bring more out than maybe had been in the previous stuff that we'd been doing ... classic pop music from the Motown era or before, and different world-beat rhythms, as opposed to the disco-rock shit that was all over the place at that point. And, honestly, rap music is like the first music that I ever got into, when I was like 8 years old or whatever, and it's been with me the whole time. And Nick's also a really huge rap music consumer, and so I guess we wanted to have that influence there."

MSNBC examines Judeo-Christian themes woven into comic books.

Comedian Eugene Mirman guest-blogs on Said the Gramophone as part of the "Said the Guests" feature.


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