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July 22, 2006


Teen People profiles indie music's teen sensation, Smoosh.

"I don't really talk about the band so kids in school just treat me like a normal person," says Asya. "They're supportive and stuff, but it's not like I’m like a pop star or anything." Besides, the girls haven't yet accomplished all they set out to do -- there are still more bands to tour with! "I would love to open up for Sigur Ros, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Bloc Party," Asya adds. "Or Coldplay. That'd never happen but I'd die to open for them."

The MetroWest Daily News talks to musicians, consumers, and downloaders about music downloading.

"The bad part about music downloading is the musicians don’t get paid for their work," said Antobenedetto after buying an Allman Brothers CD from Newbury Comics at the Sherwood Plaza on Rte. 9. "The good thing about downloading, whether legally or illegally, is you get the message out there."

NME has the tracklist for the new album by Electronic, the band formed by Johnny Marr (the Smiths) and Bernard Sumner (New Order), Get The Message - The Best Of Electronic.

The Globe and Mail profiles this year's World Electronic Music festival, which has added acts like Broken Social Scene and controller.controller.

"We brought in indie rock bands to make the festival more relevant in today's music culture," says Ryan Kruger, president of Destiny Event Productions, which organizes the festival. "Our numbers have fallen since they peaked at the start of the decade, and we were just breaking even. The iPod generation doesn't just listen to one type of music any more. If you listen to a kid's iPod, there is dance, rock, disco, a bit of everything. The electronic dance scene is not the size that it once was."

The San Jose Mercury asks people to name their "Power Song."

The San Francisco Gate profiles the new competitor to Marvel & DC Comics, Virgin Comics.

So who's who in this collector's edition team-up?

There's Virgin Man -- otherwise known as "rebel billionaire" Sir Richard Branson. There's The Guru -- best-selling author and holistic healer Deepak Chopra. There's The Movie Mogul -- Oscar-nominated auteur Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth" and "Four Feathers"). And leading the charge, there's the dynamic duo of The Vision -- Chopra's son Gotham -- and The Operator -- Indian comics king Sharad Devarajan.

Minnesota Public Radio had Golden Smog in the studio for an interview and a three song performance.

Bookslut's Jessa Crispin pronounces the traditional author book tour dead in the Book Standard.

The longlist has been announced for the Dylan Thomas Prize, open to any published writer in the English language under the age of 30.

The Guardian's Peter Gradshaw defends the role of the movie critic.

Movie critics bring this kind of argument on their own heads, arguably, by reviewing all sorts of films, of all levels of brow, every week. Yet it's only the grumpy, elitist, curmudgeonly critics who offer a dissentient view and, right or wrong, they run counter to the daily splosh of PR and saucer-eyed respect from cheerleaders eager to take each new movie at its own estimation of itself. Without critics you would be left with hype, with a jabbering army of Amazon reviewers and headache-inducing prose on

Tapes 'N Tapes continues their media onslaught with profiles in Billboard and at Minnesota Public Radio.

Stylus reviews Regina Spekor's album, Begin to Hope.

A little bit of kitsch is important—just don’t go overboard like the Nazis (or the Soviets, for that matter). Begin to Hope has enough of it to stand out, and enough ethics to keep the whole thing grounded. What could be better?

Grist interviews Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard about the band's environmental conscience.

Q: As you're traveling the country or over in Europe, do you feel like the reception to your ideas about these issues varies?

A: Europe in general is way ahead of America in terms of beginning to formulate long-term strategies for getting the economy to move toward more carbon consciousness, move toward technologies that aren't as carbon intensive or that don't use carbon at all. So ... I'm assuming that they're gonna look at this as being like, "Yeah, that's what you should be doing, because you're a responsible business." Whereas in America, I think there's not quite as much awareness of it, and therefore maybe even the ideas themselves are brand new to some people and are just sort of beginning to resonate.

The AskMetafilter community lists books everyone should read (and why).

Kittenpants offers the rules of "iPod War."

Playing is simple: In the card game WAR, two opponents split a deck of cards. In each "battle," players would turn over the top card on his or her deck. Whoever had the highest card won the battle and kept the two cards. At the end of the deck, the person with the most cards won the war.

iPod War follows the same guidelines. Two people put their iPods on Shuffle and play music. As each song comes up, whoever has the better song wins the battle. After 10 songs, the person who won the most battles wins the war.

Drowned in Sound lists five bands not to miss at the Truck Festival.

Regina Spektor

From Russia, to the Bronx, to Steventon, Oxfordshire; arriving here is a voice with more octaves than a grand piano. Spektor's music, however, always avoids overindulgence: it is filled with whimsy, quirkiness and frivolity. There is much more to Spektor than just a Strokes collaboration.


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