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May 19, 2006


MIA has been denied a visa into the United States, according to NME.

The Guardian's Culture Vulture blog discusses dream/nightmare cover songs.

Stylus lists the top 10 funniest Leonard Cohen songs.

Nothing Painted Blue (featuring Franklin Bruno, Peter Hughes, and Kyle Brodie) is playing a one-off reunion performance tonight at Schuba's in Chicago with Graham Smith (Kleenex Girl Wonder) in support of Violins' album release show.

T-shirt of the day: "we're not braniacs on the nerd patrol"

Steve Beckett, founder of Warp Records, talks to the Japan Times.

Is there a common element among your artists that says, "this is a Warp band?"

I think most of the artists I deal with on the label have a maverick spirit. They aren't concerned about what other people are thinking or doing. They are creating their own world and letting people into it.

For a comprehensive history of Warp Records, check out Warp: Labels Unlimited, published by Black Dog Publishing. The first book in a series on independent record labels, Warp: Labels Unlimited features interviews with Beckett and Warp artists, a section on the label's artwork, a complete discography and many previously unpublished photos.

The Guardian uses Tapes 'n Tapes as an example of "how to happen overnight."

Get your backlash out of the way early: The surest sign you're being taken seriously is when hipsters and insiders are slating you before most of the world has even heard of you. One poster on the UK website Record of the Day was moved to grumpily compare T'nT to last autumn's buzz band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "Look, it's Clap Your Hands Say Tapes 'n Tapes."

Grandaddy's Jason Lyle talks o the Guardian about the band's final album, The Fambly Cat.

Singer-songwriter Cody Chesnutt talks to Australia's The Age about his new material.

"It's me releasing this material live by singing it to the people," he explains. "I want to release it to the people first before I go through any kind of production. I want to bring the songs and the experience first, with nothing more than me, my songs and my essence and sharing it in the most honest way I can. That's the new frontier for me."

"Blog radio" kicks off on Sirius on May 29th, and includes bloggers from Gorilla vs. Bear, Brooklynvegan, and ProductshopNYC.

Minnesota Public Radio had the Drive-By Truckers in the studio for an interview and live performance.

The East Tennessee State University student newspaper lists the top 21 albums of the 21st century.

Suicide Girls interviews comic book creator Colleen Duran.

DRE: It’s really wild to see all the young girls grabbing Manga books off the shelves at Barnes and Noble.

Colleen: It’s very gratifying to go to a convention now and see girls and women really enjoying comics. It’s harder to get into the bathroom at the San Diego Comicon which never used to be a problem. We’d go in there and the place would echo and now you have to wait.

Drowned in Sound previews weekend two of All Tomorrow's Parties.


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