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October 17, 2006


Devo's Gerald Casale puts his iPod on shuffle for the Onion A.V. Club.

Interpol, "Slow Hands"

GC: I must have heard that song for about three months on KROQ, and I never knew what they were saying. At some point, I thought, "Are they saying 'slow hand'? That couldn't be. What is that?" I love the Interpol kind of postmodern rendition of New Order, where it's kind of the scary-nerd thing.

The Philadelphia Daily News contemplates the music industry after Tower records is gone. lists the 2006 nominees for the Q Magazine music awards.

Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings talks to the Palm Springs Desert Sun about his book, Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs.

The book is jam-packed with information trivia lovers adore, from the definition of trivia to background on how he prepped for "Jeopardy" to the 10 trivia questions salted through each chapter (and yes, answers are provided).

"It's very information rich," Jennings concedes. "I wanted to write the book I wish I'd had" to explain his obsession.

The St. Petersburg Times interviews Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis.

Talk about touring with the Watson Twins and how this side project has affected your other work.

As a songwriter, I feel like I overwrite. And having the Watson Twins there to reiterate what I've already said - or to add more to it - I think that has been a really interesting thing for me, just to know that I don't have to say anything; I can write something for them to say. And I can just stand there and play my guitar.

Jay Bennett talks to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about leaving Wilco.

"He (Tweedy) needed to be the leader of a band, and I needed to be the leader of a band, and we realized that before it got superugly."

Popmatters interviews music critic Robert Christgau.

Have your tasted changed during the years? Do you hear music differently now?

I am a good critic in that I don’t write about things until I know what I think of them. For me, it’s the essential part of my writing. For example, I listened to Polly Jean Harvey’s Stories of the City just last night and then the great 1995 album To Bring You My Love and at one time I would have told you Stories of the City was the better record, but now I’m pretty sure it’s To Bring You My Love, so it happens. My tastes don’t evolve; they broaden. That’s the thing that happens to me. I can go back and hear music I wasn’t able to hear and didn’t write about at all. Now I know what I think about it.

NPR is streaming the Hold Steady's World cafe performance.

Register today for the Musickfest art auction, and bid on original artwork by Wes Freed, Will Johnson, jack Logan, and others. Proceeds go towards the medical bills of Southern Bitch's Wendy Musick.

From the auction announcement:

If you want to participate in the Silent and/or Live Auction, and you live out of town, please register with us by sending us an e-mail to with the following information:

• Name:
• Address (no PO Boxes - this is for shipping!):
• Phone Number (cell preferred, we may need to call you so you must be available by phone between the hours of 6:30-10:00 pm EST on Oct. 18th).
• Art Piece you are interested in By Title and Artist:
• Maximum bid for the piece (does NOT include the cost to ship the item to you): $ .00
• Method of payment (piece will be mailed after payment is received): Check, Money Order, Cashiers Check or Credit Card
• Would you like to buy a Musick Fest T-shirt, $15, or Southern Bitch DVD, Live at the 40 Watt, $8? The DVD is GREAT, showing just how on fire that band can be!

see also: Musickfest's Myspace page

John Vanderslice has announced fEuropean fall tourdates:

17.10.2006 BEL – Leuven, Stuk + The Sedan Vault
18.10.2006 HOL – Nijmegen, Doornroosje + Anderson
20.10.2006 BEL – Antwerp, Trix + Jel
21.10.2006 HOL – Utrecht, Ekko + Anderson
22.10.2006 HOL – Haarlem, Patroonat + Benjamin Winter
23.10.2006 GBR – Birmingham, Academy Bar + Monta
24.10.2006 GBR – Manchester, Roadhouse + Monta
25.10.2006 GBR – London, Spitz + Monta
27.10.2006 FRA – Paris, La Maroquinerie + Shearwater
29.10.2006 SPA – Barcelona, LA [2] + Daniel Benjamin
30.10.2006 SWZ – Lausanne, Satellite Club + Daniel Benjamin
31.10.2006 GER – Karlsruhe, Jubez + Daniel Benjamin
01.11.2006 GER – Stuttgart, Schocken + Daniel Benjamin
02.11.2006 GER – Wuerzburg, Cafe Cairo + Daniel Benjamin
03.11.2006 GER – Munich, Orangehouse + Daniel Benjamin
04.11.2006 AUT – Vienna, B72 + Daniel Benjamin
05.11.2006 GER – Dresden, Scheune
07.11.2006 GER – Leipzig, Nato
08.11.2006 GER – Berlin, Magnet
10.11.2006 SWE – Uppsala, Kalmar Nation
11.11.2006 SWE – Stockholm, Landet
12.11.2006 NOR – Oslo, Bla
13.11.2006 SWE – Gothenburg, Pusterviksbaren
14.11.2006 GER – Hamburg, Prinzenbar
15.11.2006 HOL – Amsterdam, VPRO
16.11.2006 GER – Cologne, Blue Shell
17.11.2006 GER – Heidelberg, Karlstorbahnhof

No Love For Ned features an in-studio performance by Weird Weeds on this week's edition of the streaming internet radio program.

UGO lists the "top 11 weirdest songs." #1 on their list is "Rehearsing My Choir" by the Fiery Furnaces.

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this week's CD & DVD releases


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