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May 8, 2006


The Ottawa Citizen interviews Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes.

The Wessex Online Scene interviews Aaron Gilbert of the Delays.

Is it true that to get signed to Rough Trade, you had to play a closed doors gig at the Joiners?

Yes, it was the most nerve-racking gig I have ever done actually. It was just us, Jeff Travis and two other people from Rough Trade. They were a s*** audience, but they loved it. We knew if we played well, they would sign us. They offered us a deal on the spot. It did take us a long time to get there, but that was a glorious day.

Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen talks to Popmatters about the economics of being a musician.

"Touring is how we make money. There's a big scam in the record industry and you don't make any money from royalties. Just keep coming to shows."

Two fans of author Haruki Murakami have created a comic book based on his short story, "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning."

Episode #37 of the literary podcast, the Bat Segundo Show, features author Sarah Waters.

Jenny Lewis talks to ROCKRGRL about her early musical influences.

We listened to a lot of soul music and female singers. I grew up with Laura Nyro, Dusty Springfield, Carole King and Patsy Cline. There were three girls in my family: myself, my older sister and my mom. We sang together and fancied outselves The Judds of the San Fernando Valley, Then I found myself relating more to male songwriters. My mom gave me a Lou Reed record, which was important for me.

Terry McBride, co-founder of indie record label Nettwerk Productions, talks to the Guardian about the current state of music.

"We haven't had a new-blood revolution since Nirvana and grunge," McBride asserts. "Now you've got a whole new scene with artists on indie labels or their own labels. At last we're getting rid of the homogenisation of the 1980s and 90s, and we're seeing some really cool and interesting new music. It's one of the most exciting times for the music business in decades."

Time picks the 7 greatest jazz CDs ever.

Japanese author Haruki Murakami is popular with Chinese university students, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

Two out of three Chinese university students surveyed have read a book by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, found a study by a Chinese graduate student in Ibaraki Prefecture.

WMBR's "Phoning It In" has been amazing lately, having both Tim Kinsella and Graham Smith play short shows over the phone.


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