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July 28, 2006

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The Boston Globe talks to the Black Heart Procession's Toby Nathaniel.

``We don't tend to write music that is ultra-happy or uplifting," Nathaniel says cheerfully. ``We've tried for fun to write stuff like that but we just can't take it seriously. "


In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis previews the Pitchfork Music Festival, and provides an hour-by-hour preview of the main stage performers..


Stylus lists the top ten lyric pronunciations.

03. “Metal School” - Spoon (Britt Daniel): “Nihilistically jaded”

In a very similar fashion to “Let’s Get Out of This Country,” “Metal School” features a singer rushing through a bunch of syllables with gusto before abruptly slamming into a new word. But Britt Daniel’s half-mushmouthed delivery enhances the effect, and he has an even chewier set of sounds to lay into. Every time I hear the swooning highway drive of “Metal School,” I wait anxiously for the part where “nihilistically” trips all over itself before the short bark of “jaded”—magnificently rat-a-tat.


Beat Lawrence has a video interview with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.


The World's Fair asks science bloggers to name their favorite children's book.


Guardian readers recommend songs about Friday and Saturday.


Comic Book Commentary lists this week's good comics releases.


The Daily Californian interviews the Rentals' Matt Sharp.

How much of the songwriting were you responsible for on The Blue Album and Pinkerton?

Well Rivers has always been the creative center of that group. We all contribute in different ways, I guess. The two albums were approached very differently in that we were left very much on our own for Pinkerton and we really decided to just go it alone and not listen to any advice as to how to go about doing it and we were in over our head and it was great for us. There was a lot of improvisation. The last time I heard Pinkerton was at Christmas and it just seemed like a prog-rock album to me.


Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco talks to Edmonton's Vue Weekly.

“These days, my political consciousness starts from the point of saving the world from annihilation,” she says. “I want to talk about nuclear proliferation and global warming ... I want to talk about how these things would not be happening if we had mothers and their understanding running the place.”


Exclaim! interviews Fantomas and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

There was a time where I met Bono that was really funny; he was with Gwen Stefani. I walked up to him and said, “Hey, I’m Dave Lombardo from Slayer.” And he goes, “You’re the drummer, right?” I go, “Yeah.” Then he just says, “Oh…” And that was it.


Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson talks to the Cambridge Evening News.

"More and more musicians are migrating from larger labels to smaller ones," he explains. "Larger labels don't really service most musicians. They can do Britney and the corporate tie-in with Burger King or the latest Hollywood movie but they can't do the smaller stuff anymore. So a lot of people are creating their own labels or using smaller labels where they might actually get paid royalties.


NME is celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Strokes' Is This It album release (seriously).

It's been five years since The Strokes released album debut 'Is This It' - and NME wants to hear from you for a forthcoming special issue.

The album helped revitalise indie, changed fashion and has been hailed by a raft of musicians as an important influence, but we want to hear what it meant to you.


The Portland Mercury profiles Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire.

Most of those who have risen through the ranks of the nü-folk movement slip easily into a basic few templates: (1) the gentle, bearded songwriter (Devendra Banhart, Iron and Wine) (2) the deconstructed hippie freak-out (Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice), and (3) the novelty act (Joanna Newsom). To his credit, Ben Chasny (AKA Six Organs of Admittance) has achieved a different kind of success—as a legitimate instrumentalist.

Chasny also speaks to Straight.com.

“When I’m recording I’m thinking about the listener and the record, and it’s usually more relaxed,” says Chasny, reached in Boston at the end of the group’s East Coast tour. “Live, it definitely goes into noise-style guitar playing. I used to do solo acoustic stuff, but lately it [Six Organs of Admittance] has been more of a rock unit."


Gaper's Block's Transmission blog recommends acts playing this weekend's Pitchfork music festival.


AfterEllen lists the top 10 queered covers of heterosexual love songs.


The University of North Texas Libraries offers a tour through the history of pop-up and movable books.


T-shirt of the day: iPoor.


NPR will stream Sleater-Kinney's August 1st Washington performance live.


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