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June 14, 2006


Calling themselves The Broadband, indie musicians Jill Sobule, Kay Hanley, and Michelle Lewis have banded together and recorded a song, "God Save the Internet" (mp3 link), in favor of net neutrality.

Donald Hall will be the next US poet laureate.

The Boston Globe profiles Smoosh.

Along with Death Cab, Smoosh has played with Pearl Jam, Sleater-Kinney, Rilo Kiley, Cat Power, and Mates of State -- sharing the stage with the cream of indie rock at an age when most kids don't know anything about music. Both sisters speak matter-of-factly of adoring the styles of the bands they've performed with, even if, as Chloe says, ``I didn't even know we did indie music."

The libraries of Roanoke, Virginia are embracing graphic novels.

Son Volt's Jay Farrar talks to Harp about songwriting.

“I mostly write out of a feeling of, ‘I gotta get this out there.’ It’s really a visceral thing. I’m interested in music that’s not easy to classify and put in a box. That’s what keeps me going.”

Synthesis interviews Hadji Bakara and Dan Boeckner of Montreal's Wolf Parade.

What kind of influence did Isaac Brock have over the recording of Apologies to Queen Mary?

Boeckner: He had a pretty big influence. He’s kind of a force to be reckoned with. He had a certain idea of how he wanted the record to sound, and we had a certain idea of how we wanted the record to sound. So, we talked about it a lot, but that created some tension and friction during the recording, just on a work-level, which was good, because I think it helped the record a bit. He definitely had an influence on the vocals in the way we arranged some of the vocals.

The Wall Street Journal profiles the latest iPod killer, MusicGremlin's Gremlin.

The Onion A.V. Club interviews comedian Jonathan Katz about his Squigglevision series, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.

AVC: Some of the guests on Dr. Katz must've been people you didn't know, because they would've come along after you. Ray Romano, for example.

JK: Well, Ray Romano, I actually did know from stand-up. He and I used to work in Las Vegas and Atlantic City together, so he was a friend from stand-up.

AVC: Do you think his appearances on Dr. Katz had anything to do with him getting his own show?

JK: I'd like to think I discovered him, but no. One of the things you'll hear on the DVD is a bonus track where I'm talking to Ray, and I ask him point blank, "Ray, what has meant more to you ultimately, Dr. Katz or Everybody Loves Raymond?" And I wish I could imitate his voice, because he said, "That's not fair!" Because he's still in mourning for Raymond. I guess he's over Dr. Katz already, as opposed to me. I never got over it.

The Onion A.V. Club lists "the 15 people you meet listening to DVD audio commentaries."

Vermont's Out in the Mountains reviews Alison Bechdel's amazing memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

She has a remarkable gift for portraying family conflicts with a sort of split vision: the perception she had at the time as a child, coupled with the perspective that life gives.

The five-word acceptance speeches at the Webby Awards are amusing.

Liars' Aaron Hemphill talks great albums with


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