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February 19, 2007

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Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe talks to WhatsOnStage about music.

He is also an ardent fan of punk rock, in particular the Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks. “If you look at bands who say they’re punk now, like Sum 41, and then look at the Sex Pistols and what they stood for and what they meant and what they managed to do and… well, the others are just pop music really, aren't they?”


Popmatters reviews the new Dean and Britta album, Back Numbers (out February 27th).

That feeling puts Back Numbers on par with later era Luna, and maybe even exceeds it. Freed from the defined constraints of his former band, Wareham’s melodic sense has eased and expanded to more fully fit his voice. Arriving where Luna was already headed at their breakup, the album feels much more realized than that band ever did at their end.


The Washington Post reviews Lily Allen's Friday night performance.

Allen is sort of the English answer to Gwen Stefani, which somehow makes her an indie-hipster fave. (Must be the British part.) Her playful but caustic songs feature observational, teen-diary lyrics, and her music is a grab-bag blend of ska, hip-hop, dub reggae, R&B, electronica, bossa nova and even polka. It sounds much better than it reads: Allen's smart, cheeky singles, "LDN" and "Smile," were two of the brightest spots in 2006 pop music.


Chicagoist is looking for contributors


Joe Queer of the Queers talks to Popmatters about "corporate punk."

“It didn’t surprise me that it happened,” says Joe of the mainstreaming of a certain watered-down brand of pop-punk. “Money comes in and changes everything.” Joe saw this change happen from an important vantage point. It was, after all, a band from his scene that changed things, for better or for worse, for mainstream pop music. Green Day, a long-standing band on the Lookout! Records roster released Dookie in 1994, and suddenly there was money to be made in that brand of punk—in shopping malls and arenas. When Joe Queer pronounces “Green Day”, he emphasizes the second word and not the first, which if he says it that way, is probably the right way to pronounce it.


Things I'd Rather Be Doing interviews Ross Flournoy of the Broken West.

You talk a lot about favorite music when given the chance to offer playlists and such. What is one disc that few people know about, but that everyone should own?

That’s an excellent question…one disc, huh? Let’s see…I don’t know if many people know about it, but one that springs to mind (because I am listening to it right now) is The Sleepy Jackson’s Lovers. Some very solid jams on that record!


Harp excerpts an Isobel Campbell story from Paul Whitelaw's Belle and Sebastian book, Just a Modern Rock Story.


Drowned in Sound fields a 4-4-2 soccer formation filled with indie rockers.

Second Striker: Morrissey, Smiths
Spry, slight and touched with a turn of skill to evade any close marking, this virtuoso fan favourite is worshipped by his fans. Others however, doubt his ability to last the full stretch. Moments of magic marred by some spectacular misses. Seasoned watchers however, still mourn the end of the forward partnership that marked his early rise to stardom.


NPR's All Things Considered examines the "conservative evolution of country music."


The New York Times examines the controversy of the word "scrotum" in the Newbery Award winning children's book, The Higher Power of Lucky.

The book has already been banned from school libraries in a handful of states in the South, the West and the Northeast, and librarians in other schools have indicated in the online debate that they may well follow suit. Indeed, the topic has dominated the discussion among librarians since the book was shipped to schools.


Variety profiles New York Comic Con.

"The advantages of New York are manyfold," he says. "One is the sheer population size. You can get good attendance numbers just because of the size of the city. The comic publishing world and the book-publishing world are there. It allows an element of book publishing business to occur at the show. And it is a huge media market."


The Scotsman profiles five historical muses of great artists and poets.


Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin talks to Glide about her new album, Children Running Through.

“This one was fun,” Griffin said about her newest recording. “ATO records—they’re pretty easy going about the music. They don’t really jump in there and boss me around very much at all. So it makes it a little easier. I think that if the record came out the way I wanted it to, I would sound like Aretha Franklin--and that’s not going to happen! But given what I’m able to do and my limitations, I think that it’s a good piece of work and I’m proud of it.”


Wikipedia lists fictional drugs and medicines.


The Mental Floss blog lists the all-time bestselling video games.


Webomatica lists the best and worst James Bond films.


Make Me Heal makes plastic surgery comments about attendees at the Grammies. (via)


Scenestars is throwing a SXSW day party on Sunday, March 18th, featuring Memphis musicians (and partially sponsored by the Memphis Music Commission).


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