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March 19, 2007


The weekly release list will be posted Wednesday, along with the initial list of downloads available from SXSW Music's 2007 edition.

The Independent profiles a book of short stories that take their titles from songs by the Fall.

The project was the brainchild of the writer Peter Wild, who runs an art website and has edited the volume.

"I've always thought that The Fall have really, really good titles and that you could do an interesting novel or short story using Fall songs as titles," he said. "And I thought if you were a Fall fan, you would be interested."

Newsday examines the payola settlement between independent record labels and the four major American radio conglomerates.

To make up for how they have acted in the past, they have agreed to provide about 4,200 hours of airtime dedicated to independent music, since their previous practices have been found to hurt artists that didn't have the backing of a major label. (Separately, the four radio conglomerates will pay a total of $12.5 million in fines to the FCC for past payola practices.)

The New York Times and Variety review SXSW Music.

Indybay features the audio from author Michelle Tea's speech at the 12th Annual Anarchist Book Fair.

Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I think we draw people who don't identify themselves as any particular kind of genre of rock people," Nicolay says. "People who identify themselves as punk-rock people or classic-rock people or indie-rock people are kind of putting themselves in a hole for social reasons. It's not really about the music, it's about how you dress and who you hang out with and what shows you go to to meet what kind of girls or guys. I think the people that are attracted to us are people who have gone through all those phases but are now comfortable saying, 'I like punk rock and indie rock and hip-hop and classic rock, and I'm comfortable about myself where I don't have to base my identity on that.' "

New York magazine talks to record producer Joe Boyd, author of the recently published memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s.

Reading the book, you get a sense of just how quickly sixties music morphed from folk to Floyd.

I’m sure there are 18-year-olds listening to Lily Allen and thinking, Wow, this has totally changed the rules. But I do think that in the sixties mind-blowing records would come out on a regular basis.

The Ask.Slashdot community recommends best practices for a lossless music personal archive.

Andrew D. Arnold wraps up his five years of writing about comics and graphic novels for Time.

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