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January 26, 2007


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Portland State's Daily Vanguard interviews Brent Knopf and Danny Seim of Menomena.

Who are your favorite musicians?

Brent Knopf: Probably PJ Harvey. I like To Bring You My Love and Is this Desire? When I listen to her, I mostly respect her guitar playing.

Danny Seim: Brent and I were in a cover band called The Gay Lon Mabons. It was an all-PJ Harvey cover band. We played one show, at the Meow Meow, opening for a Tooth & Nail band � I love PJ Harvey as well.

Billboard interviews Paul Weller about his upcoming US tour.

It would have been nice to have conquered America, but, ya know, I haven't lost sleep over it. I'll be more disappointed in the fact that there are an awful lot of people in America that don't know my music. If they did, I think they'd like it. But it doesn't stop me sleeping at night. What will be will be, really, what's meant to be. But I don't really feel like there's unfinished business.

Slayer's Kerry King talks to the Denver Post about the current surge in metal's popularity.

Q: Music critics have been saying that metal is going mainstream lately. Do you agree?

A: There's an upsurge of new bands putting out quality stuff, but I think metal doesn't reinvent itself as much as it regurgitates itself. You ride out the people diluting what the better bands are doing, and you get a new batch of guys coming out of L.A. or New York or New England or whatever.

The Boston Herald examines the city's underground literary scene.

James Mercer of the Shins talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

He claims the anticipation aroused by the album didn't bother him. "I didn't have the neurosis that might develop from expectations, which kind of surprises me," Mercer says. "I was really excited about the songs, I thought they're just gonna kick ass. But I wanted to craft the whole thing. I really wanted it to be awesome."

Miami Poetry Review profiles poet Robert Bly.

Popmatters continues to impress with two new socially-conscious articles: "Different Worlds: Does The OC endorse the economic segregation that threatens America?" and "The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair."

Craig Pickering of the Dexateens talks to the Tuscaloosa News.

Mobtown Shank posts its 2006 movie and television lists.

Author Vikram Chandra talks to Minnesota Public Radio about his novel, Sacred Games.

The Washington Post reviews the nine-disc "Viva Pedro: The Pedro Almodovar Collection."

Watching a Pedro Almodovar movie is like seeing a great graphic novel come to life. His camera angles are often inventive, providing the viewer with a telling perspective that reveals more than a character is letting on, or sometimes merely providing a bit of visual comic relief from a dark drama. His stories are populated with over-the-top characters -- junkies, murderers, prostitutes, transvestites, predatory priests, writers, performers, some straight, some gay, all in intriguing situations. It's a surreal world, yet, because of Almodovar's sure touch as a director and his ability to get actors to believe in the lives they're inhabiting, it's a very real world.

The Arizona Republic lists ten songs they'd like to hear Prince sing.

Cinema Blend reviews Jeff Tweedy's Nashville solo performance.

SFist interviews JL Aronson, director of Danielson: a Family Movie.

Religion plays a big part in Danielson’s music. Do you think that this has helped or hurt their career ?

No and maybe. Daniel’s music and art making are so entwined with his spiritual life that it’s hard to separate them. But if we were to imagine him doing a really similar thing without the God parts, I think he would have found an audience, and maybe even a bigger one, but not as sustainable an audience. People are attracted to authenticity. Novelty is only good so long as it’s new.

The Villanovan lists seven albums "to look for in 2007."

Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew talks to the University of Tennessee's Daily Beacon.

“You can take the music of Public Enemy, maybe their first three or four records; they were extremely aware politically — so are we, but we don’t communicate that into music the same way,” McNew said. “We don’t think about music in that way; we do what feels natural.”

McNew also tells the Orlando Sentinel his favorite album.

"Dark Side of the Moon," he says, referring to Pink Floyd's classic after a long pause for consideration. "When I was 10 years old, that was a pretty eye-opening experience."

The band's frontman, Ira Kaplan, talks to the Tallahassee Democrat.

"No, we never had a plan (about what kind of album to make)," Kaplan said. "We've rarely had a plan at all with anything we've recorded. We come up with a lot of songs and then look for a record in what we've recorded."

The Galesburg Register-Mail has a panel list the best American protest songs.

The Leeds Music Scene interviews Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady.

They say your guitar is a driving force of the new album, with louder guitars and longer solos.

It's funny you should say that because actually when we sat down to write this record we were trying to create more space for the piano to move around; Fronz [piano player] is such an incredible player, I really wanted to make sure that on this record he was a lot more prominent; which I think we did but in doing so too it accents the guitar and makes them sound bigger, so I kinda tried to do less is more and I think we kinda accomplished that which is great.

Author Michael Chabon reviews Cormac McCarthy's postapocalyptic novel, The Road, in the New York Review of Books.

The Road is neither parable nor science fiction, however, and fundamentally it marks not a departure but a return to McCarthy's most brilliant genre work, combined in a manner we have not seen since Blood Meridian: adventure and Gothic horror.

Drowned in Sound pits Califone versus Bobby Conn in a "Thrill Jockey pop quiz."

see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation
this week's CD & DVD releases


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