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April 3, 2007

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USA Today examines recently published novels "written by former insiders in publishing, modeling and Wall Street who dish dirt and gossip about their old jobs."


Tiny Mix Tapes has posted part two of its RJD2 tour diary.


Bookslut's April issue is online, featuring interviews with Tim Willocks, Kevin Sessums, and much more.


My Old Kentucky Blog has posted a SXSW interview with Walter Meego singer, Justin Sconza.


Tiger Saw is the guest on the latest episode of the No Love For Ned streaming radio show.


Newsweek's Steven Levy examines EMI's decisions to sell DRM-free music on iTunes.

The new format will obviate the worries about how many computers hold your song collection, how many times you can burn a playlist, and, of course, whether your iTunes song can play on a Zune or a Samsung phone. In a larger sense, DRM has become a ball and chain that frustrates innovation. Once we get rid of it, the entire music industry is liberated to explore new business models that promote more listening, more experimentation, more discovery of new music and more fun.


Rolling Stone lists the 25 best rock and roll rumors ever.


April is National Poetry Month in the US.


Author Brendan Halpin talks to Mass Media about his new novel, Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

Mass Media: First things first: what inspired you to write Dear Catastrophe Waitress?

Brendan Halpin: I've been interested in the idea of breakup songs for a long time. Who are the poor losers who have breakup songs written about them? They're completely one-sided. They're a relationship crammed into three and a half minutes. How does it feel to be the person who the song's written about? How does it feel to have that one person's side aired to the whole world? You know, who wants their 19-year-old, drunken experiences aired to an entire country?


The Hold Steady's Craig Finn talks to MTV about the band's recording of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and shares a video of the resulting song.

"We're just trying to make our version of 'Ball Game' a unique one. Some of the music they play at ballparks is great — the Red Sox [use the Dropkick Murphys' cover of the obscure Standells song 'Dirty Water'] and that's great — but I think I can do without 'The Chicken Dance,' I could do without 'Cotton Eyed Joe,' " Finn said. "I think a lot of the players choose their own music, and generally speaking, baseball players don't have the coolest music taste. I think your ability to hit a baseball takes away from your ability to like good music."


Lawrence.com interviews concert promoter Jacki Becker.

You’re a woman doing business in a male-dominated field. How do you navigate?

Becker: I’ve always been one of the guys. But I’m also an outspoken feminist. I actively look for women if they’re interested in the opportunity to work in this industry. I think the only way we’re going to get women involved in this industry is if they prove they’re equally as good as men in every job that they do. Look at publicists in this industry—the most powerful publicists tend to be women. Lot of female booking agents. I’ll love the day in this society when women make the same amount of money as men. But you know what? I make carrot cakes for David Sedaris, and I make a lot of brownies for bands—there’s still a female in me. If I don’t have baked goods at a Death Cab for Cutie show, I’m in trouble.


Trent at the Simple Dollar lists ten books that changed his life.


Things I'd Rather Be Doing interviews Jonathan Mieburg of Shearwater.

How has it been different as the sole songwriter in the band? Do you find yourself needing to dig deeper because you’re responsible for the entire record rather than half of it from a songwriting perspective?

Oh, I'm a control freak anyway, so I love it. Now everything bad is my fault, too, which is an added bonus.


The Deli SF interviews Jason Quever from the Papercuts.

Deli SF (DSF): So how did the Papercuts begin? It's basically your recording project right?

Jason Quever (JQ): Yeah, that's a good way to put it, like it starting that way. And then I've got friends who've played with me over the years and the people I've been playing with for the last couple of years just stuck around, it's been nice.


Lullabyes features an mp3 download of Bishop Allen's Hot Freaks SXSW performance.

see also: 2007 SXSW Music Downloads


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