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June 8, 2006


Harp interviews Thurston Moore and Tom Verlaine.

Scritti Politti's Green Gartside talks to the Telegraph about the band's first album in seven years.

"It's related to the old Scritti," Green protests, "though it doesn't have the production costs or my home address written on the sleeve like the old records had, which led to all sorts of interesting encounters. Either schoolboys who had run away from minor public schools would turn up, or European anarchists would bang on the door." And his new songs? "The lyrics are a mixture of the very personal with references to bits of philosophy and politics. It's nicely mashed up to make a chewy breakfast."

The Huntsville Times previews Bonnaroo.

It's official: iPods are more popular than beer with college students.

Kansas City's The Pitch previews this weekend's Wakarusa Festival.

Popmatters examines the "outposts of underground culture — bookstores, record stores, etc."

Author Jen Trynin talks to Popmatters about her book, Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be.

"Some interviews that I did right when the book came out, so many people would ask me about that time and they'd look at me and ask, 'Well since you've left music, what have you been doing?' I pick up the book and I'm like, 'Well, I wrote this book,' which I just found so confusing because they're seeing me like I just stepped out of a movie ... like I'm Pinocchio. Like I'm just the star of this book but I didn't sit and write this book," she says.

Stylus interviews singer-songwriter Matthew Herbert.

I think that more liberal people listen to independent or experimental music. I can't imagine Donald Rumsfeld with an Autechre record tucked under his arm, as much as I'd like to.

It's funny, I found out that Madeleine Albright's assistant was a fan of my music and used to listen to it at work. And that was at a time when I was on a mission to bring down Madeleine Albright. She said the most disgusting thing ever, which was about Iraq. It had the highest infant-mortality rate at the time, a quarter of a million children were dying per year because of sanctions, and Madeline Albright was asked about that and the price these children were paying for the bogus war against Saddam Hussein and she said, "We think it's worth it." That kind of perfectly solidified American foreign policy. So it was funny to hear that Madeline Albright may have actually encountered my music.

AT&T (an LHB sponsor) is giving away an expense-paid trip to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Submit a blog post (you don't have to be a blogger) about a recent music event you have attended to enter.

Mike Skinner of the Streets talks to LA Weekly about fame.

His new image is pure Crockett & Tubbs; he admits, “When I was a kid, I watched Miami Vice and had posters of Ferraris on my wall.” And that Rolls-Royce featured on the album cover? That’s his, too. “Being a pop star is better than winning the lottery, because you get more respected,” Skinner theorizes. “Plus you can get away with a lot more.”

A survey by The Book magazine has placed JK Rowling as the greatest living British writer.

The Portland Mercury agrees with me about the Mountain Goats:

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has proved himself to be not only one of the best songwriters of our time, but, perhaps, of all time.

JamBase reviews individual acts from the Sasquatch Festival.

The Riverfront Times examines the effect of the internet on local St. Louis record stores.

Bradley's Almanac is offering mp3's of Radiohead's Boston show (thanks, Brad).

BloggingMuses is a "songwriting blog for songwriters."

Modern American Poetry collects criticism on Wallace Stevens' "The Emperor of Ice Cream."

The Emperor of Ice-Cream, by Wallace Stevens

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal,
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

I just started reading (and loving) Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (my fifth concurrent open book), and was surprised to find author Alison Bechdel has a blog, Dykes To Watch Out For.

see also:
a recent interview Bechdel gave to AfterEllen
The author signs the book tonight in West Hollywood

Douglas Wolkin Salon
USA Today
Utne Reader
Washington Metro Weekly

CiN Weekly interviews Joe Long, who runs the music blog, Each Note Secure.

"I started it because I really, really had a deep appreciation for music, and I felt whenever I tried to talk about it to my friends or family, they looked at me like I was odd," Long says. "(The blog) was kind of an outlet."

The New York Times reviews Tapes 'n Tapes' Sunday NYC show.

Tapes 'n Tapes is indie rock's latest Internet-driven mini-success story, which is no surprise. This charmingly nerdy quartet is just the kind of band a blogger loves. It makes hazily majestic, slightly experimental indie pop that honors at least two forefathers (Pavement and the Pixies). Its members do not come from a hipster enclave. (They're from Minneapolis.) They have a babe-in-the-woods origin story (literally: they recorded their 2004 EP in a freezing cabin in a Wisconsin forest).

Matt Kretzmann of the band talks to Tucson Weekly about music blogs.

"Loon caught on really fast. We put it out locally in November 2005, and the bloggers picked it up first, and that's why I think our New York shows were so well-attended," explains Tapes 'n Tapes multi-instrumentalist Matt Kretzmann in a recent phone conversation. "I think A&R people pay a lot of attention to blogs, so that's kinda how that all evolved, I guess," he continues, betraying the penchant for understatement with which the indie-rock ethos is so thoroughly imbued. "Keri (T 'n T's manager) had a plan to get it a chance. She was the one who was hip to maybe what bloggers might like it. So she knew where to at least start it to see if it would take."

BrainyQuote lists quotes from author Kurt Vonnegut.

"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."


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