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September 4, 2006


With the 40th anniversary edition of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds released last week, now is as good a time as ever to link to The Beachles, a "track-for-track mash-up of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds with the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Sixeyes interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

*Sixeyes: You'll be 'on the road again', in support of Get Lonely (4AD), late summer and early fall. Do you feel, at all, empathy towards Willie Nelson's song, "On the Road Again"? 'On the road again, I just can't wait to be on the road again…' Could you ever sing that line and mean it?

John Darnielle: This song is totally underrated! People only know the first line and stuff, but Willie Nelson is one of the best singers & songwriters around - the song is very direct and honest in a way that makes (mainly very young) people uncomfortable, but if people will just stop trying to be hard-assed for a minute, how can one not feel a line like "the life I love is making music with my friends"?

Breeders drummer Jose Medeles reports that the Breeders will work with Steve Albini on their new album.

so heres the latest update in breederland...we'll be recording this month in LA...the studio in dayton fell through due to elements out of our control, we and kell will head to albinis to work on a couple songs in september...mando is filming a ton of great footage for our dvd...thanks to everyone offering us shows, we're flattered...but we have to get this record in the can...thanks and i'll keep you posted...all the best...

The New York Daily News previews fall's book releases.

The New York Times covers the Mozart 170-disc box set, Mozart Edition, Complete Works. A similar 120-disc Bach set has also been released.

The set early on created a mini-fracas in the French press and classical-music blog arena. A manifesto in Le Monde, written by record-industry figures , accused Brilliant of sowing “confusion” about record prices, devaluing recorded performances and helping impoverish the field. Others came to its defense.

Mr. van Winkel attributed the criticism to “French arrogance” and added that the controversy only helped sales in France.

The San Francisco Chronicle offers tips on becoming a "Net video hit."

The Village Voice reviews the Mountain Goats' Get Lonely.

Dog-eared motifs of lost love dominate his latest, Get Lonely, making the most recuperative, reflective stuff in the band's catalog. Here, instead of spitting his cerebral one-liners with a snarl, they're half whispered.

The Comics Reporter lists upcoming 2006 comics authors and artists are looking forward to.

The weekly CD & DVD release list will be posted tomorrow, as will the return of the Largehearted List. I will be taking the rest of the day off, enjoying the US Labor Day holiday with friends, grilled food, beer, and later a copy of Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World.


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