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June 6, 2006


The Toronto Sun previews the NxNE festival, focusing on the Television reunion.

EDP24 compares summer UK music festivals.

British Telecom will offer its customers indie music videos.

BBC News breaks down the significance of 6/6/06 and how the date is being marketed.

The Drive-By Truckers will perform on Late Night with Conan O'Brien tonight.

Coudal Partners' 2006 edition of Field-Tested Books debuts later today.

The new York Sun reviews Tapes 'n Tapes Sunday NYC show, and in the process takes several swipes at music blogs.

If the Internet has democratized music criticism, it seems it's also spread its penchant for uncritical hype. "It's the best $14 I ever spent," said one of the blog-suckled fans I talked with. He simply couldn't believe the top-to-bottom quality of the bill. In fact, he was so confident of Danish opening act Figurines' talent that he offered to buy me a beer if I wasn't blown away. I wasn't. Far from it, actually. (After a reasonably promising classic rock opener they settled into hum-drum art punklike Les Savy Fav without the amusing stage antics.) But in the end, I couldn't bring myself to collect.

Mars Needs Guitars posts music bloggers' favorite shoegaze songs (mine included).

No Love for Ned has Static Films as an in-studio guest this week on the streaming indie music program.

David Lee Roth talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about his latest project, Strummin' With the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen.

"Someone asked me 'Are you imitating Bon Jovi doing this?,"' Roth cracked, referring to Bon Jovi's recent country hit, Who Says You Can't Go Home. "I said, 'Wise up, man, I'm imitating the Eagles."'

Bookslut's June edition features interviews with Anthony Bourdain, Salvador Plascencia, George Saunders and others.

Beirut's Zach Condon talks to the Village Voice.

"It's amazing—I don't think I'd be here right now if it wasn't for all this random attention," he admits softly as he drags on a bummed cigarette. "But you don't build so much as you just explode." He's also not particularly keen on the constant mention of his relatively young age; to his credit, he comes across not as a nervy, barely post-teen, but rather a calm and confident old hand whose weary voice reflects years of seeming experience, assured but never cocky.

The Quarterly Conversation lists the best books since 1990, based on a survey of bloggers, editors, authors, and publishers.

Multi-boot your iPod (add Rockbox to play FLAC files).

T-shirt of the day: Kimya Dawson Mohawk at K Records.


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