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August 2, 2006

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Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug talks to Newcity Chicago.

From the beginning, Wolf Parade laid down the law for Sub Pop about not being a "workhorse band" and touring a year's length. "We try to keep it as humble and as small and as DIY as possible," Krug says. "Sub Pop is a pretty big machine, but... they're quite understanding with us."


The Onion A.V. Club lists 14 classic Tom Petty opening lines.


Popmatters reviews Scott O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim books. (Since the books feature an indie rocker in Toronto, I always picture music blogger Frank Yang as the protagonist in the series)


The Onion A.V. Club has LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy put his iPod on shuffle.

Can, "I Want More"

JM: One of the greatest songs ever. This is Can's closest thing to a disco song. I love Can. I don't know what else to say, other than I want to do an edit of them. But I have a hard time meeting people like that. It's too intense. I don't want to be goofy. I don't want to be cavalier. I don't know how to be in scenarios with people who have done things that are that important to me.


Next Generation lists the top 100 games of the 21st century.


Lalitree shares her Pitchfork Music festival photos.


BBC News publishes Q's list of the top ten guilty pleasure songs.

1. ELO - Livin' Thing
2. Boston - More Than A Feeling
3. S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
4. 10cc - I'm Not In Love
5. Gary Glitter - Rock'n'Roll Part 2
6. Foreigner - Cold As Ice
7. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
8. Status Quo - Whatever You Want
9. Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
10. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive


The Onion A.V. Club interviews author Alan Moore.

The only thing that was important to me was that I completely sever my connections with Hollywood. I just wanted to get my work back to reality, which I found very difficult to do working with the movie or comic-book end of the American entertainment industry. When Jerusalem is finished in a couple of years, I'll think about how I want to publish it. I'm sure I won't be short of people offering to do it for me. But I will have written it exactly as I want to write it. I won't have anybody telling me to make it a bit shorter, make it a bit less obscure. It will be exactly the book I wanted to write. At the moment, that kind of freedom is most important for me.


San Diego Serenade compares the city's summer music festival, Street Scene, to Chicago's Lollapalooza.


The beginning of the month means a new Catbirdseat mix...


Chicagoist reviews day two of the Pitchfork Music Festival.


NPR profiles the Kidz Bop music series, and wonders if the songs are appropriate for the children's market.


Boston's Phoenix profiles alt-country as both a genre and a label.

So might alt-country’s seeming breakdown into loosely overlapping niche markets lead, in Luke Lewis’s words, to “the genius shit, which winds up being an amalgamation of things”? Alejandro Escovedo isn’t quite there on The Boxing Mirror (Backporch/EMI), but this No Depression “Artist of the ’90s” has never roamed so confidently across the disparate styles of his long career, from punk to alt-country to chamber pop. That’s a credit to his new marriage and to surviving a near-death illness, but speaking by cellphone as his tour bus approached home base in Austin, he also cites the support of that old alt-country mecca, where now “you’ll find every genre of music, from blues to country to punk rock to whatever it is that people are doing.”


ABC News profiles a duo that uses hip hop music to promote literacy.

After meeting in California, Alex Rappaport, a graduate of Tufts University, and Blake Harrison, a University of Pennsylvania graduate — combined their love of hip-hop with their desire to educate a struggling segment of the student population. They call their groundbreaking method Flocabulary, and since 2004 have worked to bridge the gap between academic culture and hip-hop culture.


In the Guardian, author Lionel Shriver bemoans the loss of hand-drawn book covers.

I'm not one to complain about the advent of the computer overall, which has made writing so much more convenient. But over-reliance on this clinical technology is estranging in the decorative arts. That's why, at my wit's end this last weekend, I took my cue from Mitchell and hauled out my coloured pencils. I drew my own damn book cover - luminous, one-of-a-kind, and, like one of Tolstoy's real beauties, not quite perfect. We'll see if my publisher bites. Call me a Luddite if you will - at least I tried.


The Dying Californian's Nathan Dalton talks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

"The first band that blew me away and made me feel like 'That's what I want to do' is early R.E.M.," Dalton says as the bar grows darker. "There's something spooky about Murmur and Reckoning and Chronic Town. I've always been attracted to haunting music like that.”


Gawker covers the softball game between the staffs of the New Yorker and Harper's.

This morning, however, we were forwarded Matt Dellinger's coverage of the recent New Yorker/Harper's outing, and, well, it's just so adorable that we have to share it with you. See, Matt wrote it up Harper's Index Style, which, if not necessarily comedy gold, is certainly comedy silver.


Authors John Irving and Stephen King asked J.K. Rowling to spare Harry Potter's life.


The Beaver County Times reports that the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh will start filming in September.


MarketingProfs examines the value of blog advertising.


Popmatters profiles the Chicago hip hop scene, listing ten artists to watch.


Status Ain't Hood interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Do you like doing festival shows?

You know, being the guy with the acoustic guitar at an outdoor set, you're kind of climbing the hill. Everybody's going to think that you're trying to play folk music or whatever because you don't have a drummer. But at the same time, every time I play one I do enjoy it. But as the guy with the acoustic guitar, you've got to live in fear of the outdoor set. If people start wandering away, you're going to feel impotent. But I had a blast yesterday.


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