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June 28, 2006


One of my favorite music and book review sites, Erasing Clouds, has a new feature, 100 Musicians Answer the Same 10 Questions.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette examines the big issues comic book heroes face today.

"If you look at the evolution of comics in America, we've now got the first generation of writers writing them who grew up with comics consciously being written for adults," said Paul Levitz, president and publisher of Marvel's rival, DC Comics. "When you're writing for adults, you want to touch as wide a range of story themes as exist in literature."

Popmatters interviews Ellen Allien and Apparat, creators of one of the year's most interesting albums, Orchestra of Bubbles.

Business Week examines how upstart record labels compete with the majors.

A number of phenomena are helping the little guy score big hits. For one, the shift from physical CD sales to digital downloads almost universally favors the smaller label because it lifts the burden of distribution and other overhead costs. And when they score a big hit, many smaller labels are now forming flexible partnerships with majors to get the distribution they need, when they need it.

Indie Interviews sits down with Mike Skinner of the Streets.

Chicagoist gives its final word on the 2006 Intonation Festival.

AfterEllen offers a primer of queer women in webcomics.

Goodbye, Sleater-Kinney, and thanks for giving me a reason to go to Lollapalooza this year (and see the final show).

Stylus eulogizes the band in advance.

Billboard reports that Tori Amos will release a five-disc box set, A Piano, on September 26th.

The 86-track compendium will be housed in a piano-inspired package and rounds up material from her studio albums, alternate mixes from the time period and new mixes recently supervised by Amos.

Billboard reports that Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum may be working on a new album.

The Onion A.V. Club interviews singer-songwriter Mason Jennings.

AVC: Modest Mouse's music, superficially at least, isn't very similar to yours. What did you have in common with Isaac Brock that made you think it was the right choice?

MJ: We both had similar struggles growing up, trying to turn darkness into light. We're really different people, but it seems like we've come from a similar place, trying to make the best out of our situations.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke talks to the Los Angeles Times about his solo album, The Eraser.

"It started out with loads and loads of beats and la la la," Yorke said, mocking his own obscurantist tendencies. "It was pretty intense and very, very heavy." Yorke's busman's holiday gave his producer a chance to highlight Yorke's poignant tenor and melodic sense. "In the midst of it all there were two or three things that made Nigel and me go, ooh, there's something really direct here. Someone might even understand it the first time around."

The Onion A.V. Club offers two lists: the seven films that killed disco and Superman villains "unlikely to appear in future Superman movies." talks great albums with the Black Heart Procession.

A forum post at PureLiveGigs is linking to sources to download shows from Radiohead's 2006 tour.


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