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July 7, 2006

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The Oregonian reports that local independent record stores are becoming more reliant on used CD sales to stay afloat.

"You really can't compete with those kinds of prices," Currier says. "But if you sell used CDs, that's a whole different game. In a new-CD situation, I'll buy something for eight bucks and sell it for $10. But in a used situation, where you buy something for a few bucks and sell it for $8, that's more profit."


Harp interviews former Afghan Whig and current Twilight Singer, Greg Dulli.

Harp: The new album seems to bring you full-circle back to the Afghan Whigs.

Dulli: The Twilight Singers started out as a side project and I think I probably carried preconceptions of what it was with me, myself, even though it was mine. I had to define it for myself. It was always meant to have different singers each time, which it always has, and also I set out to make atmospheric music which was different from the Whigs. When I came around to this one, I decided to put the preconceptions aside and say, “These songs will be what they want to be. If the fact that they call back to my former band? I loved that band. I was in it.


The Velvet Underground & Nico has been named the greatest debut album of all time in a survey by Uncut.


AfterEllen surveys the lesbian fiction publishing industry.


Popmatters offers a cribsheet to help raise your friends' "twang tolerance."


Earvolution lists the ten greatest books about rock and roll. My favorite music book, Our Band Could be Your Life, is strangely absent.


Popmatters interviews Matthew Herbert.

That's one of the things that is so liberating about electronic music, that there's so much potential that has gone ... electronic music has really only existed for a few decades but there's still so much potential that has yet to be even touched.

I absolutely agree with that point. I think particularly with a sampler, because now there's no distinction between sound and music, or noise and music, and I think that's a liberation that musicians have struggled to find for years. We finally have it and instead people are using it to rip off their record collections, which confuses the hell out of me.


Stylus lists the top ten possible Stan Brakhage soundtracks.


The Sweet Science reports hat boxers are joining bands on Myspace.


Guardian readers recommend songs about London.


Jason Hammel of Mates of State talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I all the time see these bands popping up overnight and selling 500,000 records, but for us ... that really hasn't happened. Things have been so gradual that you almost don't notice the growth, even though it's obviously there."


The Independent and the Guardian both love Sufjan Stevens' The Avalanche outtakes album.


Singer-songwriter Lily Allen talks to the Independent.

"I'm not a music geek," says Allen, who happily admits to not knowing a bass from a guitar, "but I am a music enthusiast. If I hear something I like, I go and get it and I listen to it until I'm sick of it."


Okkervil River's Will Sheff weighs in on filesharing on the band's bulletin board.

Because my work is the most important thing in the world to me, I sometimes feel uncomfortable about it existing freely in the digital Library of Babel, these songs that I worked so hard writing and revising and rehearsing and recording and mixing (and re-mixing) and mastering (and re-mastering) shucked off the album and thrown up on the internet in hissy and brittle low-resolution versions with no kind of sequence or order, mixed in with odd leaked tracks and some sub-par live versions. In a world overstuffed with stimuli and choking on information, I feel like a musical album should have a kind of purity and a kind of wholeness, that every aspect of an album – from the sequencing to the artwork even down to the typesetting – should feels labored over and loved, and that the finished product should feel like a gift.


If you are an artist, send BBWW: The Fat Wonder Woman Blog a sketch of the overweight heroine.


No Love For Ned has Minmae in the studio performing several songs this week on the streaming radio program.


Suicide Girls interviews author Jessica Abel about her graphic novel, La Perdida.

DRE: Did you know from the beginning that this book would go to an audience beyond comic books?

JA: I assumed so. I think that my earlier work does get seen a little bit that way too because it’s in book form and sold in bookstores and stuff. I didn’t see it as such a radical departure from what I’d done before.


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