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September 22, 2006


Ida Nilson of Vancouver's Great Aunt Ida talks to the Globe and Mail.

"I think humans are pretty interesting, and how they get along with each other is probably one of the major things that people work on throughout their lives," Nilsen says. "I'm not really interested in writing love songs because people like love songs," she adds with a laugh. "Love just happens to be one of my interests."

The Washington Post reviews the Mountain Goats' new album, Get Lonely.

These quieter, more reflective songs show Darnielle at his most vulnerable -- a mesmerizing shift from the rawness of his earlier sound.

The Myrtle Beach Sun News interviews music legend George Clinton.

Q | If you could give three "commandments of funk," what would they be?

A | Give up the funk! Let's see ... the commandments of funk - remember, tail ain't nothin' but a long booty, what goes up don't have to come down unless you're ready for it, let's see, all that is good is nasty.

Stylus lists the top ten songs "Featurin’ Present Participles (Or Gerunds) With Dropped “G”’s."

List3n is a collaborative listmaking community.

iLounge lists ten rules for buying Apple products.

Singer-songwriter Beck talks to the Irish Times.

"I still feel like I'm starting out, y'know," says the 36-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist and all-round accomplished entertainer. "I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing. Not all of it works, though."

Reuters reports that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez pushed Noam Chomsky's book, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, to the best seller lists this week after his speech at the UN.

At the United Nations, anti-imperialist Chavez began his speech by displaying a copy of U.S. writer Noam Chomsky's book "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance" and recommended that Americans read it.

By Thursday, the book had risen from backlist obscurity to be the No. 3 bestseller on Before the speech, the 2004 book reprinted by Owl Books was being outsold by thousands of other titles on the online bookseller's Web site.

Hutch Harris of the Thermals talks to Pulse of the Twin Cities.

Harris’ topics may have shifted from politics to God, but Harris doesn’t think the contrast is so stark. “For me, [talking about God] is still talking about politics a lot. A lot of the decisions [President] Bush makes are based on faith. I’m not really sure if I believe he is a Christian, but religious groups influence a lot of his decision making.”

In a Guardian article, BBC Radio 1 DJ Colin Murray expresses his distaste for the "indie mafia."

You see, I hate those that turn up their nose at mainstream music more than I hate those people who only listen to coffee-table MOR. They are an indie mafia who only admit to liking a record if sales stay at such a low level that the band can't get out of their bedsit.

I have added Idolator to my daily blog reading, but wish they would have worked a bit harder when LHB was its "blog of the day."

Black Marks on Wood Pulp has more bloggers list their ten favorite writers, including myself at he very bottom of the post.

The Fordham Observer interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Observer: Do you find any direct connection between the topics addressed on The Sunset Tree (abuse, tough childhoods, etc.) to those on Get Lonely (loneliness, adult relationships, etc.)?

JD: That's a good question! The ex-psych-nurse in me says "obviously, yes": what happens to you in a dysfunctional household has direct bearing on your ability to deal with other people. What's weird for me is that I used to by hypersocial, couldn't stand to be alone for even a night, and then something happened and now I'm not like that at all anymore. To find yourself feeling alone even when you're with people who you love: that's sort of one of the album's themes, and I think that's a feeling that certainly has its genesis in the sort of house where I was a kid.

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