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March 12, 2007


BallerStatus weighs in on the credibility of "The (White) Rapper Show."

The Associated Press reports that a new William Carlos Williams poem has been found.

Stylus interviews members of Times New Viking.

So there was a bit of a war between Sub Pop and Matador as to whom you would sign with, right?

JP: It was like Custer vs. the Indians. And you know who Custer was. It was apples vs. steaks. Here’s one whole apple you can split three ways. It was the most awkward apple I’ve ever eaten. I kept telling them they were out of Tad records. They were nice though, and I did get to meet Mark Arm.

What was the tipping point that made you side with Matador?

BM: Matador’s the best.

JP: Alien Lanes. Gerard Cosloy has, since the 80’s, put out nothing but awesome shit. That Homestead compilation I have, just the f*cking people on that, the Clean, G.G. Allin.

AE: Matador’s East Coast and we aren’t West Coast kids. Plus my mom likes more people on Matador than Sub Pop. The guy who signed Wolf Eyes was the guy who was trying to sign us, and we were going to be one of their little niche bands, where Matador, right away, let us know that they signed us because we represented what their label has been about for a long time.

Emil Svanägen of Loney, Dear talks to Popmatters.

Let other songwriters deal with intrigues and cliques and band members who sleep with each others’ girlfriends; Svanägen says he likes working alone. “I can sometimes miss the social part about it,” he admits when asked about his solitary creative process. “I don’t miss it in an artistic way ... But it would be great to have someone to have coffee with when I have a break.”

The Wall Street Journal examines how albums make the front page of the iTunes music store.

Apple's muscle-flexing has begun to rub some artists and music companies the wrong way. During a recent radio interview, outspoken British pop singer Lily Allen accused iTunes of "bullying" artists into supplying exclusive content. There's a further worry among music executives that the few spots available to promote artists on iTunes are dwindling as Apple remakes the store into a broader entertainment destination for TV shows, movies and games.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Advance-Titan interviews comics artist Brian Defferding.

Q: Do you ever get teased for being a 29-year-old who loves comic books?

A: Quite the opposite actually. As soon as I let (people) know I both read and write comics, their eyes light up. They become instantly interested and start asking me all sorts of questions. Comics is one of the best mediums out there. It’s almost an untouched market. There are so many things that can be done with comics that have not been done yet.

In Harp, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin expresses her admiration for "You're All I Need to get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

It starts so sweet and they pull you into the sweetness of it. It’s so hard to bypass our cynicism. I’m trying to do that at every turn. It’s not cynical! It’s the most un-selfconscious love song I’ve ever heard. They’re so excited, and they make you feel it’s real. That’s not common outside of Broadway musicals. I think Marvin and Tammi really dug each other. I don’t think they had a relationship, but they sure sing with some chemistry.

Five Chapters features short fiction from Darin Strauss this week.

The Independent reviews Steven Hall's debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts.

Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert talks to the Worcester Telegram about having Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones produce the band's new album, Waterloo, Tennessee.

“When we were looking for a producer, his name came up, so I sent him an e-mail. I told him, ‘Here’s the idea: We want someone who can bring a different perspective to our music, and plus you’re a rock star.’ He replied and said that the day before he got my e-mail he had gone out and bought our last record,” Gellert said. “People want to know what his role was as a producer. Basically, he just created a great vibe.”

Augie March frontman Glenn Richards talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about breaking into the US indie market.

He said the band was ready to take their US market assault up a level. "We've had an independent release there before and, while it's always a case of hearts being in the right place, it's just not enough for getting records into stores. "It's a very, very difficult thing," Richards said.

The Threadless "Spring Broke" sale (featuring $10 t-shirts) ends today.

Austin Sound has collected mp3's from 21 local artists (along with their show schedules) who are playing around the city this wek during SXSW,

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