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July 18, 2006

Shorties

Stylus unveiled #61-80 in their top 100 music videos of all time.


Jeff Siegel offers a history of American copyright law for Stylus.


The Mercury Music Prize nominees have been announced, and Thom Yorke and the Arctic Monkeys are early betting favorites.


The San Diego Union-Tribune defines "comic book lingo."


The San Francisco Bay Guardian reviews Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

Bechdel is a deft storyteller, and Fun Home skips effortlessly back and forth through decades, sometimes from one panel to the next — masking the labor, both emotional and intellectual, it must have taken her to make these leaps. The book is full of small, essential touches, both graphic and textual.


Drowned in Sound interviews Ben Chasny of Comets on Fire and Six Organs of Admittance.

But you must get some people coming to shows expecting a folk performance, but then you play a rocking set (as he does on the night in question)...

There’s probably a lot of bummed-out people that leave my shows going, ‘Oh, no no no…’, but when I play nice shows like this there are no complaints at all. When I tour the States, or play shows in my home, people know that they don’t know what’s going to happen, but when I come over here, it’s usually easiest to just bring an acoustic guitar. That’s all they know, but it happened to be that some of my friends were over here, so we can do this sort of show. I honestly haven’t played an acoustic guitar for a long time.


Singer-songwriter Tommy Keene talks to Harp about his music career.

“I'm at a high point now," Keene reflects. “I'm really busy... I've played with my generation's two best songwriters (Pollard, Westerberg). If it all ended tomorrow, I'd go out on a happy note!"


Actress/comedian Sarah Silverman talks to Harp about her songwriting.

For the serious singer-songwriter in you: What do you want people to get out of your music?

I'm just looking for laughs. I honestly don't get that deep with it. Sometimes people put this depth into what I do and I feel like a fraud because I'm not putting as much thought into what I'm putting out there as some people infer from it. I feel like Peter Sellers in Being There.


Three Imaginary Girls has added a very real podcast.


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