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May 26, 2006

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The Best Week Ever offers a podcast of their show, and is looking for unsigned bands to provide the soundtrack.


Greg Dulli talks to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Dulli is a businessman these days, owning two bars in L.A., which he says give him "more fiscal security than rock'n' roll ever has." But, he's quick to add, only music "has the power to transform you into a child -- in the best way. A great record can make you feel like 15 again -- you have your headphones on, your parents are asleep, and you're transported, with the possibilities endless.


Singer-songwriter Amy Millan talks to the Globe and Mail.

"I really wanted to be in a band and wanted to play rock music with people and have a collective like that. I get that outlet with Broken Social Scene and Stars. But I'm excited about quieter times now."


The Chicago Tribune previews what may be the city's best music summer ever.


The Lawrence Journal-World profiles nerd-core.


Stylus lists "top ten hits that prove originality is overrated."


Members of Tapes 'N Tapes talk to Harp about their sound.

“It’s a mashing of everything we like,” singer-guitarist Josh Grier says. “I’m really into punk music, but also the harmonies of bands like the Beach Boys and Wilco.”


The Whale Remix Project is a contest using samples of the sounds of humpback whales. The winning mix will be featured in an International Fund for Animal Welfare campaign against illegal commercial whaling.


Synthesis interviews singer-songwriter Maria Taylor.

It looks like the separation has been good for both of you so far. Do you see yourself continuing along that path?

Yeah, for at least one more record. I have a bunch of material that didn’t go on this one and a lot of new stuff that I want to get out.

And after that?

I don’t know. It could be anything. Azure Ray could make another record for all I know.


Singer-songwriter Matthew Herbert talks to the Japan Times.

"We are storytellers," he explains. "Look at American pop music: If musicians are telling the story [that says] 'Look at beautiful women, buy a new car, use violence against your enemies, make money,' then basically [they] are telling the same story as the Republican Party. Large sections of the pop music industry have just become the entertainment wing of the neo-conservatives. And I think . . . you [can] extend that into technique as well: happy to exploit and unwilling to compensate. Just taking what you want from the world and not acknowledging it or paying for it."


Belle & Sebastian's Mick Cooke talks to Australia's The Age.


/film lists the top 10 ways to ruin a movie based on a comic book.


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer previews this weekend's Sasquatch! Music Festival.


Popmatters reviews singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen's new collection of poems, short prose sketches, and drawings, Book of Longing.


Primus frontman Les Claypool talks about great albums with MP3.com.


"Poets Against War continues the tradition of socially engaged poetry by creating venues for poetry as a voice against war, tyranny and oppression."


USA Today lists their ten hottest summer reads.


The Morning News gives awards for online excellence to mp3 blog aggregators elbo.ws and the Hype Machine, as well as mp3 blog Moistworks.


The NHL is offering game highlights for the conference finals and Stanley Cup finals through iTunes.


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