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August 30, 2006

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The Independent talks to Lush's Emma Anderson about the legacy of shoegazing.

Emma Anderson formed Lush, one of the most successful acts from the period. "When we started out in 1989 this shoegazing thing didn't exist," Anderson says. "We became aware of the movement in about 1990." Anderson wasn't offended by the name, although she does think it ridiculed unfairly. "What it really meant was that we were staring at the effects pedals, I think, rather than our shoes," she says.


Singer-songwriter Neko Case talks to Australia's Xpress about the label, "alt-country."

"Lazy media are responsible for that. I never wanted it in the first place, I don't know where I got labeled with that term. All of us are mystified about where it came from and why it exists. It's like calling Michael Jackson the king of pop - who the f*ck thought of that?

"I think that everybody hates it because we aren't ashamed to be associated with country, and that is what that name sort of implies. We are definitely related to country. I'm fine with being called a country artist - it's a huge umbrella. You can be many types of music within country music."


Stream an in-studio Regina Spektor session at Minnesota Public Radio (from May of this year).


Author Susie Bright talks to Publisher's Weekly about how "major romance imprints have taken an X-rated turn."

BK: What are the challenges to erotica in its new incarnation as flavor of the year for publishers?

SB: Poor quality will kill the golden goose- to a certain extent, it already has. Publishers have rushed forward with so much inferior material and editing, that the audience has become repulsed at a certain point. I hear their complaints all the time.

Yes, you CAN take advantage of people's erotic interest, you CAN exploit that, but there is a limit, and we're seeing it.


Boston's Phoenix interviews singer-songwriter Chan Marshall.

I remember your once telling me about your stage fright, and that made sense because you really were up there on your own or with very little accompaniment. Are you concerned that without the big band backing some of that stage fright will return?

No, no, no. I have less stage fright now because I don’t drink. I just feel more clear-headed. It was more difficult before because I was distancing myself from people. I was compounding my depression with alcohol and really pushing people away.


The Onion A.V. Club interviews Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

The A.V. Club: It's been 40 years since Pet Sounds was released, and we're still discussing it. At the time, did you know that you were creating a masterpiece?

Brian Wilson: I knew when we were recording it. I knew it was going to be a milestone in musical history. And I knew we were on to something very, very good. The love vibes in Pet Sounds were very good.


The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago has chosen Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies for round 11 of "One Book One Chicago."

“It’s a tremendous honor. I’m thrilled….It’s my first book and it already feels old to me. It’s wonderful to give it new life in this way,” Lahiri, 39, said in a telephone interview from her parent’s home in Providence, R.I.

“First- generation immigrants tend to react to it most closely, either by seeing themselves in the stories or disagreeing with things I portray about those characters — first- and second-generation [Americans]. Other people who have immigrant histories in their families will tend to connect to the stories on that level, feeling something that they didn’t experience, their parents didn’t experience, but is part of their history as Americans. I hope when it’s read in Chicago that will be the case.”


Greensboro's Te


The Onion A.V. Club interviews ?uestlove of the Roots.


Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara puts her iPod on shuffle for the Onion A.V. Club.

The Be Good Tanyas, "Up Against The Wall"

TQ: I love The Be Good Tanyas. They're a Canadian band out of Vancouver. They put out a record five years ago—great record. They had some really heartbreaking stuff on it. I got the record because their manager manages another Canadian star who's a friend of mine who's also really talented and really great. It's kind of bluegrassy and poppy. I overplay that record.


The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne talks to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the band's relationship to its fans.

At one point, Coyne stops the show to acknowledge the 16th birthday of one of the Santas, Erin McKinstry, and the band and audience sing "Happy Birthday." It is a moment that echoes something Coyne said before the show.

"We are you and you are us," he said. "I came from the audience. To me, the audience makes all the difference. We really do come here to be with them. The way our show is now, without the audience being able to freak out and surrender to all this stuff, I don't think it would be anything."


The Broward-Palm Beach New Times profiles several mp3 blog-approved bands.

Fact: It's now uncool to spazz about a band just because it got big overnight thanks to the Power of the Internet (MP3 blogs, MySpace, etc.). Also fact: It's even uncool to point out that it's uncool. Late-breaking fact: As you read that, it just became cool again to spazz about a band's getting big overnight thanks to the Power of the Internet. Ah f*ck: Pitchfork is now telling us it's no longer cool to cash in on the Celebrating Internet Bands revival movement. So I guess that means... Wait! VH1 just announced that next week is I Love the Mid-'00s Days of the Indie Internet Sensations. We're saved! Hurry — read this list before it becomes uncool!


The Village Voice reviews the NYC Bookeaters stop.

The humor portion of this "Words vs. Music" bill meets your expectations for this kinda crowd— incredibly wry, mostly high-brow, pretty corny, occasionally . . . funny. You gotta admire how Eggers has perfected this tone: rampant precociousness cloaked in unassailable good intentions. He used a slide projector to showcase the work of one young 826 kid, goofy collages of jazz-enthusiast robots and such that were actually the funniest part of the whole night, and not even in an "awwwww how cute" way—he was infinitely better at the whole deadpan awkward surrealist childlike thing, primarily because he was an actual child.


No Love For Ned has New Radiant Storm King for an in-studio performance on the streaming radio show this week.


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