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January 31, 2007

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The Independent reviews the Arcade Fire's London performance.


The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. talks to Billboard about his solo shows opening for Incubus.

“On this [Incubus] tour, it's so intense playing before a band that can sell out for or five times the venues they're playing. When they do small places like this it is full, so I walk out there and I'm playing to the full audience that they play to, but they're intense Incubus fans, so they don't really give a sh*t what you have to say. Basically you just play and try to have fun in your songs and with your band, and hopefully there's a few people out there who dig it -- which is what's happening. That's just the process of being an opening band, really."


The Boston Globe points out Jack Kerouac landmarks in Lowell, Massachusetts.


Harmonium interviews Robert Schneider, frontman for Apples in Stereo about the band's new album (out February 6th).

Harmonium: What excites you about New Magnetic Wonder?

Schneider: On all of our records there have always been things that I felt like…were really satisfying and like I had maybe carried out the program. And then there are other things where I finished the record and I felt like, you know. And usually these things stood out more to me, the things where I either tried something and didn’t pull it off or I didn’t get to do the thing I really wanted to do.


The Red Sparowes talk to Popmatters.

“When I was growing up and playing in hardcore bands, there was a similar marriage of metal and hard core, even though there were some very defined boundaries,” he recalled. “A punk band could share a stage with a metal band, and it wouldn’t be weird. That went away for a while.” Now, once again, with a whole raft of bands imbibing metal and punk and all kinds of other music, scenes have become more fluid. “I really like that we can play with Dillinger Escape Plan and then turn around and play with Grails,” Burns added. “For us, soaking up this whole range of possibilities has been great.”


The Independent talks to four singer-songwriters: Ray LaMontagne, Willy Mason, Jack Savoretti, and Emily Maguire.


Douglas Martin of Fresh Cherries from Yakima responds to the recent New York Times "blipster" (black hipster) article.


Author Jonathan Lethem has "promiscuous songs" listed on his site for musicians to use as they wish.

These song lyrics are free for songwriters, musicians, and bands to use. Feel free to adapt or revise them in any way, in full or in part.

The lyrics were written sporadically over the past twenty years, sometimes for a specific band or performer, sometimes not. On the whole, they strike me as strongly influenced by Lou Reed and early Talking Heads ( when they're not just plain silly). I don't make any great claims for them, but they may be useful to somebody.


WXPN's World Cafe features singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, with an interview and live performance.


Teen Hollywood reports that Avril Lavigne will appear as a manga character in an upcoming graphic novel.


USA Today eulogizes best-selling author Sidney Sheldon, who passed away Tuesday.


Full Story links to many graphic novels available online.


The Minneapolis City Pages reviews Rob Sheffield's memoir, Love Is a Mixtape.


Help celebrate Largehearted Boy's 5th anniversary (and help a good cause, Farm Sanctuary) by bidding on the limited edition Mountain Goats album, Come, Come to the Sunset Tree.


Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste talks to the Minneapolis City Pages about my favorite album of 2006, Yellow House.

“I don’t really think it’s an immediate album,” says founder Ed Droste when I reach him at his Williamsburg home. “I was worried that people were going to hear a sample of a song on a blog and then write it off if they weren’t instantly falling in love with it.” In fact, the opposite happened: Yellow House has garnered near-universal praise from bloggers, Webzines, and old media outlets alike, and Droste and his mates — Chris Bear, Dan Rossen, and Chris Taylor, all of whom play multiple instruments and sing — have just set out on a big headlining tour, the second gig of which is a sold-out show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts this Friday.


The Malaysia Star examines the state of twee pop in the country.


Publishers Weekly profiles author Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam.


Gawker names producer Scott Storch "the most loathsome man in music."


The Warped Tour has added several bands to its summer lineup.


The Cold War Kids list "music you should hear" for Amazon.com.


CMJ interviews Nabil Ayers, co-owner of Seattle's Sonic Boom Records.

What can labels do to make your life easier?

Major labels: One SKU per CD. No value-added items post-release, unless there’s a way to get it to every customer who’s already bought the album. Indie labels: Keep putting out great music. Don’t try major-label marketing tricks.


Threadless is giving $10 off when you order two of the same shirt (through February 5th).


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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