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April 13, 2007

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M. Ward talks to the Hartford Courant about his musical style.

"I like the idea of fantasizing about what it would sound like if Hubert Sumlin were able to play with someone who could sing like Billie Holiday, and what if the string arrangements were composed by Ennio Morricone," he says. "It's time travel."


The Cornell Daily Sun interviews Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth.

Daze: And what’s up next for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah besides your cup of coffee?

A.O.: We’re going on tour; on April 10, we begin. Otherwise, I’m working on a children’s album.

Daze: Interesting, what was your inspiration for that?

A.O.: Well not long ago, I used to get sick quite a bit. I had a high temperature, and I often went to my mom’s house to shoot the shit, and she had a piano. I sat down at the piano and I had this fever, and I didn’t mean to start working on children’s songs, but it took on that quality. Nothing really spurred it on directly; it just happened.


Singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas talks to the Seattle Times.


Eastern Michigan University's Echo Online calls for a new state song, possibly by Sufjan Stevens.

If something respectable is needed, Sufjan Stevens gained acclaim for his "Greetings From Michigan" album three years ago. Certainly, that's a long enough delay to allow our politicians to feel hip by recommending it but not dangerously ahead of the curve.


My Old Kentucky Blog features in-studio from Mancino and the Whigs.


The Best Media in Life Is Free features "e-books, audio books, mp3 music and other media licensed under the Creative Commons license or available in the public domain."


The A.V. Club interviews Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low about the band's new album, Drums and Guns.

AVC: Like you say, the album doesn't have a lot of direct political commentary; you don't mention Bush by name. It seems to be more about the metaphysics of violence.

AS: I hope so. I really think the problem is unendingly larger than just George Bush. He's certainly a factor that has the power to change things—his removal or not existing anymore would certainly change things.


Singer-songwriter Leslie Feist talks to the Times Online about living in Paris, Peaches, and her love life,


The A.V. Club lists 9 music videos "featuring animals in prominent roles."


Houstonist interviews Rhett Miller of the Old 97's.

What are your thoughts on the current music industry? How have the Old 97’s adapted to the narrowing style of radio playlists?

We have never been dependent on radio airplay. Some stations have given us love, but radio has never fueled our success. I love satellite and hope that it grows and takes over.


Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo talks to the Japan Times about the band's Daydream Nation album.


Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

Neko Case, "Hold On, Hold On"

Jon Wurster: Classy lady, very funny. This is on Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. But it makes me think of "The Tigers Have Spoken" from the album of the same name, which is about a tiger in the circus… It's the saddest song I've ever heard. I don't want to spoil it for anybody, but the tiger dies at the end. I can't be in the same room as that song. Ever.


foodaboutmusic is a "a food journal by people who like to eat music and play food." written by musicians you may recognize.


At Salon, Cary Tennis confesses to wanting the hipster life.

I am so dissatisfied with my unhip life. Leaving Williamsburg and breaking up with the ex seem to have severed every connection to "cool" I ever had. Sometimes I feel like Eliza from "Pygmalion." I wish I had never known what hip was, so I wouldn't have to miss it. I am angry that this discernment exists in me, and that it goes unvalued and unused. I am also disgusted by the creeping feeling of superiority it gives me over my acquaintances.


WXPN's World Cafe features the Fountains of Wayne.


NPR's Morning Edition, the Nation, Canada's National Post, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer remember author Kurt Vonnegut.


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