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August 10, 2006


The video for the Mountain Goats' single, "Woke Up New," is available at YouTube.

The Burlington Free Press profiled Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

As a result of her family's discomfort with the her candor and very public story-telling, Bechdel said she hasn't been able to fully enjoy the success of the book. She's almost become ambivalent about the notoriety she's achieved because of the book, and it seems more baneful than anything. She acknowledged that while she had to get her story out, perhaps as a way to make peace with it all, the process wasn't easy and the aftermath of the book has completely disrupted her life.

Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland talked to the Sydney Morning Herald about the similarities between her music and that of Tom Waits.

"I think he and I have some similar goals," Holland says. "Obviously, we have different instruments and experiences to draw from but I think the both of us are aiming for a quality, not necessarily playing by other people's rules. He has always been in my mind as a role model for fearlessness."

Chicagoist lists its favorite music blogs from its hometown.

Shake Your Fist – We don’t know too many MP3 blogs that will feature links to tracks by Sugar and from the American Anthology of Folk Music on the same page, so this one’s a keeper.

UGO reviewed the Pitchfork Music Festival.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reviewed Lollapalooza.

When a sea of fans waiting for the Red Hot Chili Peppers gets turned on by an under-appreciated band like Toronto's Broken Social Scene, playing the earlier time slot on a neighboring stage, there's every reason to believe that Lollapalooza will live on for at least another generation of fans.

LA Weekly interviewed the Watson Twins, best known for working with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis on her solo album.

Where will you be a year from now?

CHANDRA: There’s hunger, you know? We’ve got places to go. I still feel a little nervous about the attention that the EP is getting, because it was something that we were gonna put out ourselves and sell at shows. It wasn’t like, oh, we’re gonna get signed and we’re gonna get this and we’re gonna do that, it was like, we need to lay these songs down, it was like it had to happen.

LEIGH: We started on a very small level, we have distribution now in the States, and we just got distribution in Australia and New Zealand, and we’re doing it all ourselves. So we’re like a four-person team, us and a manager and publicist . . .

Suicide Girls interview Kool Keith, aka Dr. Octagon.

DRE: What is your writing process?

KK: I got different levels of writing. I’ve got stuff where I write at Ultra Magnetic level, I’ve got Kool Keith level. I’ve got sci-fi level, I’ve got different things, I’ve got UFO level stuff. I’ve got fetish level, I’ve got sex level, so I can part all these things apart and I can do all these things so I’ve got different levels of songs I write. I record about 6000 records a month. I just put them up into files, this goes into that file, this goes into that file.

Suicide Girls also interviewed singer-songwriter and sometime Pixie, Frank Black.

DRE: For your next project will you swing the other way and do something more aggressive?

FB: Well I don’t have a lot of vision. I just write songs and they come out the way they come out. But I suppose that there might be something in the air before I start to make a record. I might go, “Yeah, I think it’s time to rock out a little bit” or “I think it’s time to not worry about whether or not it’s going to rock and let these dudes play what they’re going to play.” But you don’t necessarily just sit around and make a concentrated effort. You don’t analyze everything that far, you just do it. It’s still rigid and music is still rubbing the muse so you don’t want to pigeonhole the muse.


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