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May 27, 2006


Southern Shelter is a new mp3 blog run by Sloan Simpson, a prolific Athens taper. The blog highlights tracks (and videos) from the shows he's taped (many of which are in my personal collection of lossless music).

The Toronto Star profiles local comic book artist Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of the Scott Pilgrim comics.

As it happens, Scott is rather two-dimensional — and that's not just his exes talking. He's the bumbling yet endearing protagonist of the popular Scott Pilgrim series, the brainchild of local comic artist Bryan Lee O'Malley. Drawn in black-and-white, big-eyed Japanese manga style, the series has taken off to the point that the third volume, Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness, was one of the most anticipated graphic novels of the year when it hit the shelves this week.

The Globe and Mail offers a timeline to Pete Doherty's descent.

Suede's Brett Anderson has recorded his debut solo album for a January release.

Is Oprah dissing Ice Cube?

"For [my film] Barbershop, she had Cedric the Entertainer on, but I wasn't invited. Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop," the sometime actor says. Cube, 36, reasons that he is as deserving as any sociopath to make an impression in Oprah's legendary couch. "She's had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I'm not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?"

The Sun interviews the Handsome Family's Brett & Rennie Sparks.

EXPLAIN your relationship with traditional country music? For instance, do you like Dolly Parton?

Rennie: We sure love some of the songs she’s written . . . Coat Of Many Colors, Jolene . . . traditional country music is just a thread that leads backwards in time to the great river of song. Some of those old songs have been sung in some form for over a thousand years and have been polished down to diamonds.

One of my favorite critics (and bloggers), Douglas Wolk, reviews recent graphic novels for the Washington Post.

The Sun interviews Barry Hyde of the Futureheads.

People still refer to you as “that Kate Bush band”, does it bother you?

If people come to see us live and don’t enjoy it at all apart from that song, then they’re not fans of our music — just that song. People who are into the band will listen to the album.

That song did really well but we’re good enough to write other singles to do as well as that.

Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzales talks to the New Zealand Herald.

From a 2000 issue of Vanity Fair, Elvis Costello lists the 500 albums you need.

The Ask Metafilter community offers suggestions for the best rock instrumental songs.

MP3netnewswire lists iPod killers for summer 2006, part one.


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