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April 19, 2007

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Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller talks to the Des Moines Register.

"My head's in 80 different places at every minute of the day," he said. "It kind of makes you feel alive, and it kind of makes you feel worn down at the same time. ... I just want to sit down and read a book or something, and I realize I can't."


The Nashua Telegraph profiles harry potter tribute band, Draco and the Malfoys.


Will Sheff of Okkervil River talks to the Austin Chronicle about the band's new album (out August 7th).

Local songwriting savant Will Sheff led his folk-punk fivepiece, Okkervil River, through the wringer during the recording of their fifth LP. "It was a lot of crazyass work," Sheff sighs. "We ended up having to do it at three different studios; I lost my voice halfway through. Every aspect of it was horrible." After canceling a solo tour, a handful of band performances, and putting the album on hold for a month, things are getting back to normal for Okkervil. A mute Sheff was nearly the proverbial straw, but after extensive visits to a vocal doctor and a restricted diet, his voice is back to its sky-splitting intensity.


Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers talks to the Nashville City Paper about the band's new official member, pedal steel player John Neff.


My Old Kentucky Blog has some in-studio tracks from Backyard Tire Fire.


A Philadelphia City Paper reporter spends a week with Man Man while the band records their next album.


Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan talks to the Austin Chronicle about his new album, Woke on a Whaleheart (out April 24th).

"There are certain nods to the history of American music on this LP – Chuck Berry, Les Paul, Bo Diddley," he reveals. "But they're all done more in tribute than in copping a style."


goTriad interviews singer-songwriter M. Ward.

What kind of music are you playing that feels right to you?

"My biggest inspiration is old records. I listen to (them) pretty closely. It's just a matter of ripping off the things that you love. There are ways to rip that are disrespectful and ways that are more respectful. The trick is finding the masters and trying your best to do them justice."


Tech Digest lists 10 music 2.0 services that will "change your listening habits forever."


Sleater-Kinney guitarist Corin Tucker talks to Spin about a series of musician-adorned musical instruments that will be auctioned on eBay for a good cause, Portland's art magnet school.

Although Tucker has yet to get her paintbrush wet with her own creation, the Northwest rocker assures her contribution will be "something girly girl looking" and that she's "not much of an artist" but can rock "some wicked stencils." But eBay bidders looking to wince, er, strum the night away with their arms wrapped around a James Mercer embellished mini-axe, beware of smears: "James [Mercer] is hopefully going to get it done right before the auction, so the ink may still be drying," Tucker said.


Jim Elkington of the Zincs talks to Harp.

Interestingly, Elkington says he formed the band so he’d have someone to share the blame if his post-Moth and Marriage material was awful. He’s still insecure—but now it’s more of a quality-control issue. “The self-searching and questioning writers write the sort of stuff that resonates with me, and the super-confident types write the real crappers—I think they know who they are.”


NPR's Morning Edition profiles Paleo, a musician recording a song a day in 2007.


Arcade Fire singer Win Butler talks to Dose.ca.

“It has been a blessing in disguise to be forced to stay home and read, and sleep (pick up Cormac Mcarthy’s The Road if you are feeling like a little post apocalypse…don’t let the Oprah Book Club Sticker scare you away),” he explains. “Regine and I have been started working on some new songs.”


Kansas City's Pitch profiles local webcasters.


Beirut's Zach Condon talks to Billboard about his follow-up to 2006's Gulag Orkestar.

"I've finished what I'm capable of doing, and from here, I'm taking it to mixing," Beirut founder Zach Condon tells Billboard.com. "Owen Pallet [of Montreal group Final Fantasy] is going to help out with some string arrangements. The influences are coming from a different place; it's not heavily a Balkan aesthetic. I was listening to a lot of old French songs, but I'm taking it in my direction."


Cat Power's Chan Marshall talks to the Telegraph.

This is Marshall trying to articulate the songwriting process: "It's a hunger, but it's not for food; there's a gnawing inside, almost a psychic craving that draws you to the piano."


The Portland Mercury interviews Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown.

Do you think there are many similarities between the music Sunset Rubdown and Xiu Xiu are making?

Maybe, but mostly in broad, conceptual ways. I'd say that both bands like to play around in that foggy area that lies between sincerity and melodrama, sometimes taking it all the way to drama. That said, I think that Sunset Rubdown is more melodramatic than Xiu Xiu, for better or for worse, and, musically, I think they are pushing the envelope more than we are.


Inside Vandy interviews Tyler Sargent and Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

What are some of the pros and cons you've encountered because you are not signed to a label?

AO: It's all pros as far as I'm concerned.

TS: Yeah, I don't know what we're really missing out on.

AO: As far as I'm concerned, with what we'd have to encounter with record labels, it wouldn't be worth it. The way I see a lot of record labels working - they are of the mind that they should seize every opportunity to make sure the band is constantly well established and to always focus on "push-push."


WXPN's World Cafe profiles the rock duo, the Black Keys.


Minnesota Public Radio features streaming in-studio performances by the Klaxons and the Frames.


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