April 10, 2007
“The first two years we played we did it guerrilla style,” said singer/bassist Alex Maas from a tour van rolling across the Pennsylvania/Ohio state line. “We just set up anytime and anywhere we could in the city and starting playing. We took the attitude that if we sounded good people would notice us. But this year it was a bit different. We had a couple of showcases and had people actually promoting the shows.”
Polka Floyd puts Pink Floyd's music to a polka beat.
Harp interviews Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes about his solo career.
HARP: Beyond Buddy Holly, was there a record that you wore out as a kid?
Yeah, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison kind of started me in music, and once I heard that, I just felt like I wanted to do that. And Guided by Voices took me from writing songs to actually believing that I could do it. You know how everyone says, “That’s not possible”—hearing them made me believe that it actually was possible. I had a four track, and they recorded on a four track… Vampire on Titus was as life-changing as when I heard Buddy Holly.
HARP: Have you had a change to tell Robert Pollard that?
Actually I have. We’ve toured with him. Actually, I have his phone number, and I’ve been meaning to call him, but I’m just shy… just because you like and admire someone, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to have a conversation with them.
For comics and graphic novel fans, Top Shelf Comix is holding a "10th anniversary massive $3 sale," with many graphic novels only $3 and many comics $1. Alex Robinson's Tricked for $3 is an incredible value and highly recommended.
see also: Alex Robinson's Book Notes for Tricked
The Paly Voice lists "5 intelligent rap albums."
The Sydney Morning Herald defends the cover song.
Comic Book Journal lists its top ten accidental comic book discoveries.
What Would Jesus Blog gives music blogs an Easter present.
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