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June 16, 2006

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Tom Verlaine talks to the LA Daily News.

Verlaine just laughs when asked if a music scene as groundbreaking as the mid-'70s punk movement could possibly bubble up now from the downtown streets of New York in today's era of $1.5 million lofts and $3,000-a-month rentals on the formerly dilapidated Lower East Side where the Ramones, the Heartbreakers and Television once scuffled.

"Today, you have to share space with eight other bands," he says. "It's become a foreign country."


Singer-songwriter Jon Auer (Big Star, Posies) talks to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.

"Let me assure you that The Posies did break up, and I don't think that we would be here now playing together had we not officially put a nail in The Posies coffin," Auer says. "By any normal standards we wouldn't have ever talked to each other again, (but) to our credit we are both fairly forgiving and tolerant."


Popmatters interviews author Dorothy Allison.

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has an extraordinary life. But not everyone can shape it into a story on the page that is as powerful as their life. This is one of the great conflicts, something between a writer and an editor. It's something I've been doing for many years. And very early on, working as a feminist editor, one of the big fights [I had with a writer began]: Should you edit a woman's work? Shouldn't a woman's life on the page be her raw life? And I'm like, "Well yeah, it should be her raw life. But an editor's job is to help her make it the most effective presentation of her life." To me, books only live if people want to read them again. If you give that raw life in a repetitious, unedited, unshaped form, then you are doing it a disservice.


Singer-songwriter Neko Case talks to the Salt Lake Tribune.

"I write songs from a nonspecific perspective, but the things that influence me are very specific: nature, literature, cinema, things like that. And you just become a better editor over the years."


Stylus lists the top ten essential stand-up comedy albums.


Threadless may be known for their ten dollar sales, but Catherine's Pita is 40% more wonderful with all the iPod cozies and bracelets in her shop on sale for six bucks.


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has signed with Polyvinyl Records.


The Portland Mercury reviews my favorite book of the year, Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

To call Fun Home an outstanding graphic memoir uses one too many words. Rather, Bechdel's haunting story is nothing short of an outstanding memoir.


Skyblog de help-ldlers is offering mp3 downloads of this year's Radiohead tour.


Girl-Wonder.org is "a collection of sites dedicated to females in mainstream comics."


For the father who has everything: the iPod-integrated toilet paper holder, the iCarta.


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