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October 3, 2006

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Popmatters profiles the Monkees.

When the Monkees did eventually wrest control of their career, the results were startling, at least in terms of their vociferous rejection of the methodically-tailored manufactured celebrity roles they had been assigned. Beginning with their third LP, Headquarters, the group became more and more responsible for their output. Although Nesmith, as the group’s most musically ambitious member, had lobbied for increased participation from the beginning, their unexpected success as a legitimate live touring band allowed them further leeway. Eventually, their quest for legitimacy culminated in 1968’s Head, a surreal, downright unclassifiable film and soundtrack that that served as the biggest kiss-off possible to an entertainment industry that had commodified their likenesses at the cost of their perceived integrity.


Happy birthday, Harmonium.


Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak talks to NPR's Morning Edition about his new book, iWOZ: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.


The Boston Globe interviews Marisa Acocella Marchetto, author of the graphic memoir, Cancer Vixen.

Q. Was this book a kind of catharsis by cartoon? Did you feel you still had some control over the disease if you could incorporate it into your art?

A. I definitely felt I had some control over my reaction, that by focusing on the work, it took the focus off cancer, even though I was writing about it. I felt that should be true every step of the way, that instead of focusing on a lumpectomy I would focus on a deadline, or what I would wear to my wedding, or on writing. I always found that for me, a little bit of denial is not a bad thing.


The Portland Mercury's Blogtown PDX reports that Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has officially joined Stephen Malkmus's backup band, the Jicks.


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


The Onion A.V. Club adds Sloan's Between The Bridges to the "A.V. Club's Hall Of Fame."


Mr. Show's Brian Posehn puts his iPod on shuffle for the Onion A.V. Club.

Exodus, "Toxic Waltz"

BP: This is more indicative of what I listen to all the time. I love metal songs about metal. That's one of my favorite things. Nobody does that any more. Nobody sings about how metal they are, or about their fans, or about how crazy their pits are.


Slate examines the current president's "fart-joke legacy."

Bob Woodward reports in his new book, State of Denial, that President Bush loves to swap fart jokes with Karl Rove. Before a morning senior staff meeting in 2005, Woodward reports, Bush schemed to have Rove sit in a chair that triggered some sort of high-tech whoopee cushion activated by remote control. The prank was postponed in deference to news of the al-Qaida bombings in London. When the gag was carried out two weeks later, the room erupted in riotous laughter while Rove hunted down the culprit.


Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis talks to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about her solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat.

"I intentionally made it very simple and limited some of the instruments," Lewis said. "It was really about space within the songs, and the songs themselves. When you've been playing music for 10 years with a group, it becomes a democracy where you make decisions together, whereas with this I got to make all the decisions."


ryspace is sharing Sufjan Stevens' New York City performance from September 29th.


Technology and Music Newsblog offers ten questions for music teachers to gauge whether or not they have been keeping up with technology.

1. Is “Pandora” still only associated with misery and a box in your mind?


USA Today's Pop Candy podcast this week features an interview with my future wife, the chef/author Paula Deen.


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