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May 13, 2006

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Jay Clark of Pretty Girls Make Graves talks to Harp.

“We get the most absurd comparisons to other bands,” Zollo says. “Someone in Germany just compared us to the new Madonna record. When we started the comparisons we always got were: At the Drive In meets Bikini Kill, or Fugazi meets Sleater-Kinney.” “Ninety-five percent of the time people compare us to bands with female singers just because we have a female singer,” says Clark. “I don’t think Andrea sounds anything like Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney.”


The Halifax Chronicle Herald profiles Sloan drummer Andrew Scott's other career, art.

"I spent so many years playing in a rock band and realizing I did painting on the side and was trying to keep them so separate, and I was just wasting energy and time to try and have this double life."

Now, if someone asked whether he is a visual artist or musician, Scott would say he is both.

"I make paintings the same way that I write songs. I don’t start with an idea, I just sort of work with one ingredient."


The New York Times offers a travel itinerary for "literary New York."


The Toronto Globe and Mail examines the musical genre of "mom rock."

"A lot of people give it up and stop and never revisit it again, and say, yeah, well mummy had a rock band when she was much younger, but not since you guys were here, because you're more important," Kraar says. "Playing rock now is a way of saying, you know what? Mommy's still a rock 'n' roll babe."

Mommy may be a rock 'n' roll babe, but beneath the black velvet jacket is also usually a woman who's making a statement about the status quo views of motherhood. Or, as Kraar puts it, "The minute you take on the decision to drive car pool, you lose your status in the outside world."


Rapper Chuck D. and artist Adam Wallenta talk to Comic Book Resources about their collaboration, Public Enemy, the comic.

"Public Enemy is a group of characters with individual personalities. They all have similar beliefs as a group, but individually they are all different and bring a unique dynamic to the whole," continued Wallenta. "They are very much like the X-Men in that they bicker and fight, play jokes on each other and show the full range of emotions."


The Sun interviews Jason Lytle of Grandaddy.

There’s a neat irony in calling your final song This Is How It Always Starts. Why did that seem the best way to say goodbye?

Considering Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20 or that guy from Creed probably would have called the last song Goodbye means I did the right thing.


Tilly and the Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall talks music marketing with the Los Angeles Times.

The strategy of offering free downloads, one not widely favored by major labels, seems to be paying off for Tilly — if not in record sales, then in merchandise sales and show attendance.

"It's definitely helped our band," said guitarist Derek Pressnall, 26. "We were unheard of basically and it's just gotten our name out there."


The Los Angeles Times heaps praise on screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

Charlie Kaufman is a great American writer. Let's not equivocate or qualify this in any way. Yes, he writes for the movies; yes, his medium is the 100-plus-page script. But in all the ways that matter—his mastery of structure, his voice and vision, his recognition of the power of the word to remake the world—he stands with the finest writers of his generation, among them David Foster Wallace, Mona Simpson, Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Colson Whitehead and Jonathan Safran Foer. At times, he is even the best.


PBS's Mediashift blog lists "do-it-yourself" ways to find new music, working in a comment I made.


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