January 19, 2007
"I don't even know what it means [to be famous]," Gerrard says before characteristically examining the word and breaking down its sounds. "Fam-uss or fay-muss. It's a good sound parse but I don't know." Nor does she want to know, declaring herself rather averse to anything that hints of "celebrating the personality, instead of a way of understanding a natural frequency that we respond to through the work".
Stylus lists the top ten Dylan harmonica solos.
Popmatters offers a "field guide to unscripted exclamations in the pop-music wilderness."
The Seattle Post Intelligencer is instituting a "writer in residence program," featuring 12 authors (including Pete Dexter, Ellen Forney, and Tom Robbins).
Guardian readers created a playlist of songs about siblings.
411mania contributors list the "top 5 celebrities who should sit out 2007."
MERCURY: How has the reception to the record been?
JUSTIN RINGLE: For our first record, it's been really good. I really couldn't ask for more. I wrote a lot of this record in my room, thinking I wasn't going to play these songs for anybody. So, in that sense, the reception has been unbelievable.
"There was something all-around perfect about Old Joy," he says, "the way it came together and the way it was made, that I really appreciated. Not a lot of movies are made that way, where it's sort of like the rules are defined by the movie itself, and not by a bunch of, I don't know, unions or whatever."
“I love what Devendra’s doing, but in the case of certain other artists the comparison offends me. A lot of what I see out there is a real smug, knowing otherness. And meanwhile, I’m like . . .”
In what might be an all-time first, words momentarily fail her. “Singing your guts out?” I venture.
“Exactly. Honestly trying to delight in discovering new things that my voice can do.”
Nashville Cream posts a photo of Jeff Tweedy's recent solo show setlist, and explains the singer's rationales for choosing which songs to play.
Instead of a classic setlist, Tweedy explained that he always takes a list of all the songs he knows and crosses off the ones he doesn't like.
T-shirt of the day: any shirt from Rosa Loves, which creates and sells great t-shirts, then gives a portion of the proceeds o good causes.
iJigg is a Digg-like website for bands to upload tracks and have them judged and discussed.
Big Rock Candy Mountain is asking for suggestions for a "top 100 drinking songs" list.