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April 9, 2007

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In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones reviews the new Feist album, The Reminder.


Pitchfork interviews Ted Leo.

Pitchfork: And yet, ironically, someone like Springsteen took 30 years to make music that was explicitly political. He had never even endorsed a presidential election until John Kerry.

Ted Leo: That's absolutely true. But let's go back to punk and Reagan/Thatcher. Those songs, a lot of music from that era, when you need to get fired up you go back to that now and then. I go back to that often, you know? But ultimately, the way that someone like Bruce Springsteen approached dealing with political things, through his vignettes, he created a beautiful body of art that does deal with political things. Certainly not in as explicit a way, but I would be very upset if that body of work didn't exist.


John Sellers, author of Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life, talks to the Washington Post's Express.

"When I say 'saved' it's somewhat my version of religion, and listening to The Smiths and The Pixies when I was younger, I had an awakening," Sellers said. "I definitely turned into somebody slightly different and it made me think about the world in a different way. ... It didn't really save my life at all. I'm the same dorky guy I always was; I just listen to different music now."

see also: Sellers' Book Notes contribution for the book.


The Scotsman examines the recent successes of Scottish bands.

"More Scottish artists are achieving success than have done in the past 20 years," says Geoff Ellis, CEO of Scotland's largest live promoter, Glasgow-based DF Concerts.

"Franz Ferdinand started it all," says Jon Lawlor, singer with the Fratellis. "It was great to have a band from Glasgow that wasn't Simple Minds or Texas -- one that you could listen to and enjoy."


Popmatters interviews James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.


Stereophile reviews MOG, the social networking service built around music.


Mocking Music's Calum Marshall talks to the Ottawa Citizen about getting into the concert promotion business.

As a young person whose interest in music isn't about to wane anytime soon, his excitement and energy is a self-described "threat to the establishment."


CocoRosie's Bianca Casady talks to New York magazine.

Bianca’s a born writer. Now 25, she was writing nonstop by the age of 9. “My first idea for an occupation was to be a songwriter,” she says. “But I didn’t imagine myself singing. I thought I would try to get my songs to other people to sing.” Like who? “Madonna,” she admits. Sierra, meanwhile, immersed herself in classical music. They bickered as kids; their mom, who had divorced their father when the girls were 4 and 2, threw Sierra out of the house when she was 14. “My sister couldn’t communicate with words. She only knew how to be musical,” Bianca says with a shrug. “It started to drive my mom crazy.”


Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, talks to AfterEllen.

"The graphic narrative is a vivid, potent way of conveying information and experience," Bechdel said to AfterEllen.com. "It's an important format for any stories: lesbian stories, conservative Republican stories, Islamic fundamentalist stories, whatever."


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth discusses some of his favorite albums with Harp.


NPR is streaming last night's performance by Lily Allen and the Bird and the Bee.


Do you love the music blog aggregator the Hype Machine? Send them a postcard.


Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne talks to the Orlando Sentinel.


The Denver Post lists the "25 best reads for a global trip."


LAist reviews the Arcade Fire's Neon Bible album.

Beware though, Neon Bible is going to cost you. It's such a dynamically beautiful record, rich with brass and strings that your car speakers will sound like shit. LAist seriously went to Best Buy and got a new pair of Infinity's yesterday - even though the price for install was way out of line - simply because we had to hear how grand this cd is. It's big, people.


Author Neil Gaiman talks to the Independent.

"The writing that helped me become a writer was people like Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock occasionally: these guys who would write about the nuts and bolts of becoming a writer, and let me understand that I could do that: all I had to do was write a really good short story."


The Boston Herald examines the two sides to slumping CD sales.

“Arcade Fire had the No. 1 (album) on iTunes for weeks, but ‘Keep the Car Running’ wasn’t even in iTunes’ top 100 alternative songs,” said Merge label manager Spott Philpott from his North Carolina office. “You wanna hear Avril Lavigne, you buy the song; you wanna hear Arcade Fire, you buy the CD.”


At his Nerdworld blog, Time book critic Lev Grossman lists his "top 5 all-time supermen."


Author Jennifer Oullette discusses her book, The Physics of the Buffyverse, with NPR's Weekend Edition.


17 Dots lists the 20 best Pavement songs ever.


Five Chapters is celebrating National Poetry Month this week by serializing "Still Life Amongst Partial Outlines" by Meghan O'Rourke.


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this week's CD releases

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