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September 6, 2006


M. Ward talks to the Chicago Tribune about his new album, Post-War.

"All my songs start as experiments on a four-track recorder, and months, weeks and sometimes years go by before I pick them back up again," Ward says. "If the song still makes you feel a sensation that has worth after all that time has passed, then you bring the song to a bigger studio and the thicker tape. The most amusing part of the process is transferring the original ideas to the bigger screen. I'm trying to create a hybrid of the way the four-track feels and the way that a bigger studio project like [the Beach Boys'] `Pet Sounds' makes you feel."

The Vancouver Sun profiles their local record label, Nettwerk Music.

Digital delivery of music is growing exponentially.

"It's 40 to 50 percent of our business right now, and it has been for the last three years," said Nettwerk president Ric Arboit.

"Every month it's bigger than the previous month. We have teams that all they do is market on the net. Every blog they can get on, every website, every portal that has any music connection, we're there. Our presence is huge."

The University of Maryland's Diamondback Online profiles CD trading site,

“We all wanted to bring the record store experience to the Internet, but we also wanted to make sure that artists get discovered and rewarded,” he says.

With all the failed music sales paradigms, no effort has been made to improve selling used CDs with a payment back to musicians until now. allocates 20 percent of the trade revenues — 20 cents per album — to the artists.

Harmonium interviews Martyn Leaper of the Minders.

Harmonium: It really does, like the hiss becomes an instrument itself. That lo-fi sound is kind of a signature of the whole Elephant 6 movement. What was it like being a part of that?

Leaper: It was a pretty great experience. The whole community was just so supportive and Robert was of course a big part of how we got started as a band. Our whole career really started as a collection of 7” singles, and Robert started that with us. But the business has changed a lot since the days of Elephant 6.

LibraryThing, the personal online book catalog, has integrated book swapping sites like BookMooch and PaperBackSwap into its service.

The Christian Science Monitor remembers the life of poet Naguib Mahfouz.

But in the last half of his long life, the secular dreams of his youth, and the hope that Egyptians would be delivered from poverty by independence, faded under the weight of a rising, politicized Islam and the failure of the secular state to deliver social justice.

The Arctic Monkeys took the Nationwide Mercury music prize yesterday, the Guardian and Scotsman report.

Built to Spill's Doug Martsch talks to the Minneapolis City Pages.

The singer was a little more overt at Lollapalooza last month, pausing at one point to tell the crowd, "Budweiser doesn't care about us." (Built to Spill played on the Bud Lite stage at the heavily branded event.) "That kind of stuff is depressing," he says, "that you can't have a show without Budweiser, AT&T, and all the corporations being involved. I just don't understand why people let them put their fingers into everything we do. The worse thing is that people don't give a shit. If you try to discuss it, they think there's something wrong with you, that you're being hysterical or alarmist or something."

Gossip's Beth Ditto talks to the Windy City Times.

WCT: What do you think the future holds for The Gossip?

BD: I think I plan on making probably three more records. The one we’re working on now, and the one we’re probably going to record in the winter, and then a couple more after that, and then I think I’m going to be done. I love it, but it’s just I don’t want it to become a job or a lifelong career. I just want it to be fun. When you end up looking at so many contracts and talking to people about this and that, and spend half of your year on tour or maybe more than that, after a while you just can’t do it anymore.

Minnesota Public Radio has Cracker in the studio for a live performance and interview.

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