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May 24, 2006


The Arcade Fire's Will Butler offers a history of Czech popular music for Said the Gramophone.

The comic PHONOGRAM will feature covers inspired by 90 covers.

Appropriately, the covers for the six-issue series are inspired by a handful of album covers associated with the Britpop boom of the mid-90s. Issue #1 pays homage to Elastica's self-titled freshman release, while subsequent issues will reference Oasis' DEFINITELY MAYBE, Blur's MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH, Back Grape's IT'S GREAT WHEN YOU'RE STRAIGHT, YEAH!, Manic Street Preachers' THE HOLY BIBLE and Suede's self-titled debut.

Popmatters makes a mixtape tribute to the Cosby Show.

Indie Interviews sits down this week with one of my favorite songwriters, John Vanderslice.

CNET gathers clues that a Google music store is imminent.

Left of the Dial lists the National Review's 50 most conservative rock songs of all time. Here's a sample:

11. "The Trees," by Rush.
Before there was Rush Limbaugh, there was Rush, a Canadian band whose lyrics are often libertarian. What happens in a forest when equal rights become equal outcomes? "The trees are all kept equal / By hatchet, axe, and saw."

Foldedspace lists graphic novels for people who hate comics. The list seems to be aimed at people like me, what I've read that made the list is amazing, I'll add the rest top my personal reading list.

Blender lists the 50 worst songs ever.

Ars Technica chronicles the rise of the music download service eMusic and its DRM-free approach to the business.

Singer-songwriter Mary Timony lists her 5 "monomanias" for the Detroit Metro Times.

Slate continues its Pulp Fiction Week with a "requiem for pulp fiction."

Paul Maroon of the Walkmen shares a random iPod playlist with the Onion A.V. Club.

Ramones, "Rock 'N' Roll High School"

PM: It starts with a school bell. School bells and airplanes landing are the two best ways to start rock songs. Maybe we should combine those.

Philadelphia Weekly offers interesting music books scheduled to be released this summer.

The Wizard, starring a very young Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, is coming to DVD on August 9th.

The wall Street Journal has Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and former White House spokesman Mike McCurry debate net neutrality.

Mark Kozelek talks to Boston's Weekly Dig about his album of Modest Mouse covers, Tiny Cities.

“If this Modest Mouse record was a compilation with Iron and Wine, Postal Service, Cat Power and Sufjan Stevens, every journalist would think it was the greatest thing in the world, and so would Modest Mouse,” says Kozelek. “But you have one artist who covers 10 or 11 songs, and it’s too outside of the box.”

Several staffers are participating in a race Saturday that benefits Pet Promise, a charity that is "dedicated to helping to create a world where there are no more homeless pets through education, rescue, sterilization, and adoption." Donate to a good cause if you can.


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