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August 18, 2006


The Guardian gives the Mountain Goats' new album, Get Lonely, 3 of 5 stars.

The effort is painstaking although the moods vary, and when he colours in the picture, such as the scintillating guitar waterfalls of In the Hidden Places, the Goats' appeal stretches beyond bedsit introspectives.

Stylus lists Ghostface's top ten spoken word performances.

4. “Woodrow” (from Supreme Clientele)

Just about every week, I have to argue with stubborn fools (well, mostly Stylus writers) who claim that Lil’ Wayne deserves to be mentioned in the same solar system as Ghostface as far as MC’ing goes. They should consider this; in two minutes, Ghost and his alter-ego (Woodrow The Basehead) capture the highs, lows and bizarre middles of the drug trade with greater clarity, pathos and humor than the entirety of Weezy’s discography. And it’s a skit. For further insight, check here for a detailed overview.

Blender has an A-Z list of rock and roll scandals.

LAist interviews "author, juggler, entertainer, and all around prankster" Hillary Carlip, whose Queen of the Oddballs is my favorite non-graphic memoir of the year.

Why did you write this memoir?

I felt like I had many fun-filled, outlandish experiences to share. In addition, I hoped it would inspire people who have felt like outsiders to embrace their differences and uniqueness.

CSIndy examines the Colorado Springs DIY music scene.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Raconteur and White Stripe Jack White is selling his house in the city.

Guardian readers recommend short songs.

Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco talks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the political theme of her new album.

Among the more important themes on "Reprieve" is the persistence of patriarchy in world politics.

"It's the elephant in the room," she said. "As I get older, I really understand peace to be a product of balance. And there's a fundamental imbalance inherent in patriarchy. Unless you have a dynamic interplay between the sensibilities of the two sexes, you can never create peace. It's impossible.

Rolling Stone's Rock & Roll Daily lists the best "last songs in movies."

John Darnielle offers his half-year mix for 2006.

Ghostface, “Shakey Dog” (from Fishscale)
It’s just a story, right, but so’s Ulysses. I spent much of the summer listening to this over the headphones trying to see if the narrative ever ran out of new developments. Not yet! Has the best moment of the whole damn pop year about 3/4 of the way through, and killer horn samples, and rock-solid characterization in auditory charcoal pencil like a Frank Miller sketchbook full of troubled bad guys trying to get by.

Suicide Girls interviews riot grrl icon Joan Jett.

DRE: A lot of people perceive you as a feminist icon. Do you feel it’s important to use that responsibility?

Joan: Sometimes I have trouble with the labels because people throw these things out and I don’t really know what they mean. I just go out and deal with people every day and if they look up to you and see you as a role model, that’s great. As far as a feminist icon, I don’t really know how to answer that.


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